Were Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux ever actually married?
The couple held a lavish, star-studded wedding ceremony at their Bel-Air mansion back in 2015, but a weekend TMZ report indicates that there are no official records indicating that Theroux and Aniston were ever actually married.
Following the former couple's shocking joint announcement on Thursday night announcing their split, TMZ did some digging through the L.A. County marriage records dating back to 2010 and found no record of a marriage license in the couple's names.
Of course, it's plausible that Aniston and Theroux obtained a marriage license in another county in their home state of California, but TMZ alleges that sources close to the former "Friends" actress "say there's been talk for a long time [that] they might not be legally married."
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Additionally, the outlet says it contacted the city's most prominent divorce lawyers, who say that neither star has contacted a divorce lawyer yet, despite the fact that reports of their split indicate that they separated at the end of 2017 -- nearly two months ago.
Aniston and Theroux announced their separation with a joint statement released on Thursday night.
"In an effort to reduce any further speculation, we have decided to announce our separation," Aniston and Theroux's statement read. "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," the statement continued. "Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another."
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux had been together for nearly seven years -- and married for nearly three -- before calling it quits.
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