Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have revealed they have been separated since late last year, according to a joint statement.
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux – who tied the knot in a secret ceremony in August 2015, after four years of dating – have confirmed their separation.
The couple said they intended to keep their decision private, but “given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly”.
“This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year,” the statement read.
“We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship.
“Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another,” the statement added.
It is, of course, understandable that Aniston and Theroux – who reportedly met on the set of comedy film Wanderlust – have criticised tabloid gossips in their statement: after all, the couple have been dogged by baseless split rumours for years.
Praising Aniston’s “badass” ability to rise above tabloid speculation about her personal life, Theroux previously told the Sunday Times Magazine: “She has lived through a lot of bullshit.
“Many people would have crumbled under some of the stresses that have been put on her. I’m very proud of her for that, for the way she handles herself.”
And, striking a similar note, Aniston told the press: “My marital status has been shamed, my divorce status was shamed, my lack of a mate had been shamed, my nipples have been shamed.
“It’s like, why are we only looking at women through this particular lens of picking us apart? Why are we listening to it?
“I just thought: ‘I have worked too hard in this life and this career to be whittled down to a sad, childless human.’”
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