For Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston, their love story may not be a happily ever after kind of story, but it’s far from over as these former lovebirds remain friends and genuinely care about one another. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the Spy Who Dumped Me star reflected on what it’s like for people to care too much about somebody’s personal life and the impact it eventually makes on a person.
While he doesn’t blame the media for his split from his ex-wife, which happened in 2018, he still calls it a “frustrating” experience.
Justin Theroux On The Media’s Fascination Of His Relationship With Jennifer Aniston
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the actor, whose latest movie project involves a lead role in an Apple TV+ series based on a book by his uncle Paul Theroux, discussed what it’s like for him to get too much attention during his marriage with his ex-wife, the Friends alum, Jennifer Aniston, and how that attention sadly also followed them in their “friendship” days.
“You know, it’s interesting,” Theroux shared in the interview. “In ideal circumstances, you’re known for what you do, or for the contributions you make in the arts, literature, movies, whatever. Even if it’s a negative review, OK, that’s fair play. But there are people who are only curious about the private lives of other people, and…I think the best thing to do is to train your eyes away from it. It creates a preconceived notion of who you are that’s inaccurate.”
He continued, citing the unfairness in it: “It’s frustrating, because you think, ‘Well, [novelist] John Updike doesn’t have to put up with this s–t, and he’s in the public eye.’”
Justin And Jennifer Aniston’s Breakup Through The Eyes Of The Couple
Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston went public with their romance in 2011 and got married in a private ceremony in 2015. In February 2018, the couple announced their breakup by themselves, hinting that the thought of people wrongly speculating their relationship forced them to go public in something they wished was a private affair.
“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 shared in a joint statement to E! News at the time. “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.”
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The former couple concluded their statement by saying that they’re determined to keep their deep love and respect for one another going forward.
And that’s the truth, as Justin Theroux never misses paying a tribute to his ex-wife on her birthdays, and according to him, they still chat on the phone.
“Like it or not, we didn’t have that dramatic split, and we love each other,” he noted in an interview with Esquire Magazine. “I’m sincere when I say that I cherish our friendship. We can not be together and still bring each other joy and friendship. Also, she makes me laugh very, very hard. She’s a hilarious person. It would be a loss if we weren’t in contact, for me personally. And I’d like to think the same for her.”