ICYMI: The Associated Press reports that Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have split up, citing a statement from the couple. Via Just Jared, the statement says they separated a few months back, because 2017 really was the f*cking worst?
‘This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship. Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly.
‘Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another.’
As had been widely noted (that gossip industry, y’all!), the couple had been frequently apart in recent months, which makes sense considered they’d split.
Though they will be retaining that ‘cherished friendship,’ Justin did not attend Jennifer 49th birthday party over the weekend, an absence which appeared to have set the rumour mill off again — though the couple/not-couple had spent New Year’s together and, in a cover feature for this month’s Architectural Digest, Jennifer spoke of their ‘pure domestic bliss’.
‘I look around at my husband and my dogs and our home, and there’s nowhere else I want to be,’ she told the magazine. Huh. Jennifer and Justin had been together for seven years, having first met on the set of 2008 movie Tropic Thunder. They were married two and a half years ago in a ‘surprise wedding.’
In conclusion, COSMO US entertainment director Patti Greco:
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan US.
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