Are you sitting down? Good because we have some news: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are getting a divorce.
The former couple, who have been together since 2011 and married in 2015 in a surprise ceremony at their Los Angeles home, revealed the news in a statement provided to the Associated Press. Aniston and Theroux, according to People, say their breakup was "mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year.”
“In an effort to reduce any further speculation, we have decided to announce our separation. This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year,” they added in a statement released by Aniston's publicist Stephen Huvane. “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.”
Though they don't give any further explanation for the separation, the two have been spending a great deal of time apart in recent months and both have signed on to different projects, with Theroux filming The Spy Who Dumped Me in Budapest and Aniston signing on for an Apple TV series with Reese Witherspoon that films in Atlanta. The last time they were spotted together was in December as they vacationed with friends in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
“Justin often spends a few days in NYC by himself,” a source noted to People in a previous story. “When he is in NYC, Jen will catch up with friends and enjoys her own life. When Justin is in L.A., it’s very special for them. They socialize together with friends. They often go out to dinner or have people over.” Just days ago, Aniston celebrated her 49th birthday without Theroux by her side. Instead, she celebrated in Malibu with her girlfriends Courteney Cox, Andrea Bendewald, Leigh Kilton-Smith and Kristin Hahn, according to People.