It's been a rough year for the Duchovny-Leonis, what with David's well-publicized trip to sex rehab, the general public's crushing indifference to a way-too-late X-Files movie, and the sad lack of bangable extras at the recent Czechoslovakian street fair in Manhattan. Few were surprised when the patient Tea Leoni announced her separation from Duchovny yesterday, but now the Daily Mail is claiming Duchovny instigated the breakup because Leoni was cheating — with Billy Bob Thornton:

It was not [Duchovny's] 'sexual compulsion proclivity' that caused the break-down of their marriage, but rather his discovery of explicit text messages on [Leoni's] mobile phone sent by actor Billy Bob Thornton. Through the texts Duchovny found out she had begun a relationship with Oscar-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton, 53, who was formerly married to Angelina Jolie. Five-times married Billy Bob met Téa when they made a comedy film together earlier this year called Manure. Thornton, a musician with his own band, has been seen with Téa at his gigs. 'She even helps him load and unload his truck,' says a friend of the couple.

What gives, Mulder? After all the nubile background players you've shown your X-Files to, can't your wife enjoy some groupie action with Angelina Jolie's sloppy seconds? Yes, the stench of patchouli and Wild Turkey that would emanate from even a text message might be hard to take, but you made your bed, David. Now lie in it (and without that cute 20-year-old PA who "really loved you in Trust the Man"). [Photo Credit: AP]