What Justin Theroux hurt about his divorce from Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux used to be one of those Hollywood power couples you thought would never break up – until one day the couple released a statement saying they had decided to split, and completely blinded the fans.

In February 2018, they released a joint statement announcing their split, but reassured fans it was entirely amicable. “This decision was mutually and lovingly made late last year. We are two best friends who have decided to separate as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship,” the statement read (via USA Today). “Above all, we are determined to uphold the deep respect and love we have for one another.”

Since no one saw it coming, there was a lot of speculation as to the reason for their divorce. Some sources claimed Aniston had grown weary of their bi-coastal facility, while others wondered if they were just too different. In their statement, the former couple added that fans shouldn’t always believe what they read in the tabloids. “Whatever is printed about us that isn’t directly from us is someone else’s fictional narrative,” they said.

Unlike many breakups in Hollywood, Aniston and Theroux’s divorce wasn’t very messy at all. The media and public still made a fuss of it, and according to Theroux, that was what he liked least about the whole ordeal.

Justin Theroux hated the media hype

The fact that Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux had to include a disclaimer in their divorce announcement just goes to show how much they don’t appreciate the media hype surrounding them. “Normally we would do this privately, but since the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth head-on,” read part of their statement (via CNN).

While they claimed to have made their split as painless as possible, Theroux couldn’t help but criticize the way the public took the news. “The good news is that that was probably the gentlest breakup — I choose my words really carefully — it was the gentlest breakup because there was no animosity,” he told the New York Times in 2018. “In a weird way. Just sort of navigating the inevitable perception is the tiring part.”

Theroux also admitted that this is why he rarely talks about his relationship with Aniston. He knows that everything he says will only be over-analyzed or twisted into something else. “The Internet is too inelegant a machine to work out the truth accurately,” he said.

Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston are still friends to this day

Media circus aside, Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston have managed to forge a friendship that’s comfortable for both of them. In the same interview with The New York Times, Theroux shared that while they may never go back to the way they were, they consider each other good friends. “It was heartbreaking, just in a sense that the friendship wouldn’t be the same as far as just the day-to-day,” he confessed. “But friendship changes and changes, you know, so that part is something we’re both very proud of.”

And now there’s zero bad blood between them. They even make a point of staying in touch. “We don’t talk every day, but we call each other. We FaceTime. We text,” he said in a 2021 Esquire interview, adding that their split wasn’t as dramatic as others make it out to be. “I mean it honestly when I say I appreciate our friendship. We can’t be together and still bring each other joy and friendship… It would be a loss if we didn’t have contact, personally for me.”

Even their friends can attest that what Aniston and Theroux have is admirable. Her good friend Will Arnett told Esquire that no one chose sides when they split. “In a lot of ways it’s kind of seamless,” he said. “When you’ve been with someone in that way, you’ll always be connected. And hats off to them for how much attention they give to it and how important it is for both of them to keep that love alive.”