Less than three years after their wedding in August 2015, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have decided to separate.
The couple issued a statement to ET Canada announcing their “mutual and lovingly made” decision to push the pause button on their marriage.
“In an effort to reduce any further speculation, we have decided to announce our separation,” reads the statement from the pair, who have no children. “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.”
Aniston and Theroux also explain why they felt the need to issue a joint statement about their spilt.
“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,” the statement adds. “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 former “Friends” star, who just turned 49, met Theroux, 46, back in 2007 on the set of “Tropic Thunder” (which Theroux co-wrote with Ben Stiller, a close friend of Aniston’s). They reconnected in 2010 when they co-starred in the big-screen comedy “Wanderlust”, and soon began dating.
In 2012, Theroux popped the question on his 41st birthday. “Justin Theroux had an amazing birthday Friday, receiving an extraordinary gift when his girlfriend, Jennifer Aniston, accepted his proposal of marriage,” Theroux’s rep told People at the time.
This is the first marriage for Theroux and the second for Aniston, who was previously married to Brad Pitt from 2000 until 2005.
The most recent photo of Aniston was taken at Ellen DeGeneres’ 60th birthday party, when she was photographed sharing a “Happy” hug with Pharrell (below).