In sad news, Jennifer Aniston and her husband Justin Theroux have split. They announced the news to the Associated Press Thursday evening.
"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. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship," the couple said in a joint statement to E! News.
"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."
The pair have been married for two and a half years, and have been together for seven. At this point, it's unclear if or when they plan to file for divorce.
According to People, "The decision comes just days after the actress’s 49th birthday, which she and Theroux spent apart."
Aniston was previously married to Brad Pitt, and was reportedly linked to Vince Vaughn and John Mayer in the years following her divorce from the Fight Club star.
The couple first met during the making of the movie Tropic Thunder in 2006. Theroux co-wrote the screenplay with Aniston’s longtime friend Ben Stiller, and Aniston had paid a visit to the set. They became close a few years later when they co-starred in Wanderlust, and were first photographed out together in 2011. That June, the couple attended the MTV Move Awards together. They became engaged in August 2012, on Theroux’s 41st birthday, and married three years later in 2015.
Interest in Aniston's love life has been a national pastime since the actress starred in Friends, and reached a fever pitch when she married - and then divorced - Brad Pitt. But she has long maintained that her happiness is not defined by her partner and not plagued by doubts about whether or not to have children. "The way I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty.," she wrote in an op-ed for the Huffington Post in 2016.
"We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies. That decision is ours and ours alone," she continued.
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