When America’s rom-com sweetheart, Jennifer Aniston, and Justin Theroux announced their split in February this year after less than three years of marriage, there was wild speculation over what went wrong and for the first time since the split, Theroux has gotten candid about the demise of the relationship.
The A-list couple were married in August 2015 in a low-key ceremony, by Hollywood standards atleast, at their Bel Air home after being engaged for nearly three years. And despite their differences on paper - Aniston a sunny California-loving girl best-known for playing Rachel Green on Friends and Theroux, a motorcycling-riding New Yorker with a bent for darker roles – the relationship looked like it would stick.
Fast forward to 2017 and rumours started to swirl about a possible split, which the couple confirmed via statement in February this year, saying the “decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year.” The statement further said 49-year-old Aniston and 47-year-old Theroux were “two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing [their] cherished friendship.”
Naturally the tabloids and fans went into meltdown speculating as to what had happened, but both parties remained quiet on the split until recently.
For the October issue of Instyle, the Office Christmas Party actress was interviewed by her friend Molly McNearney and addressed her marriage break up saying, “The misconceptions are ‘Jen can’t keep a man,’ and ‘Jen refuses to have a baby because she’s selfish and committed to her career.’ Or that I’m sad and heartbroken. First, with all due respect, I’m not heartbroken. And second, those are reckless assumptions. No one knows what’s going on behind closed doors. No one considers how sensitive that might be for my partner and me. They don’t know what I’ve been through medically or emotionally.”
And now in an in-depth interview with The New York Times, Theroux has also spoken about the split saying, “It was kind of the most gentle separation, in that there was no animosity. In a weird way, just sort of navigating the inevitable perception of it is the exhausting part.”
“Neither one of us is dead, neither one of us is looking to throw hatchets at each other,” The Leftovers actor told The New York Times. “It’s more like, it’s amicable. It’s boring, but, you know, we respected each other enough that it was as painless as it could be.”
Theroux further added that the split was “heartbreaking, only in the sense that the friendship would not be the same, as far as just the day to day. But the friendship is shifting and changing, you know, so that part is something that we’re both very proud of.”
When asked if Theroux was dating anyone, the actor quipped,“Is this the part where I coyly raise an eyebrow and not answer the question?”