Justin Theroux breaks his silence on 'heartbreaking' but 'amicable' split from Jennifer Aniston
Justin Theroux spoke out for the first time on his split from Jennifer Aniston – and the “Maniac” star has nothing but niceties for his ex.
Theroux, 47, may have called it quits with Aniston in February, but the actor is quick to explain that their break-up, while “heartbreaking,” was far from bitter.
“The good news is that was probably the most — I’m choosing my words really carefully — it was kind of the most gentle separation, in that there was no animosity,” he told The New York Times. “In a weird way, just sort of navigating the inevitable perception of it is the exhausting part.”
Theroux explained that their split was comprised of “small events” that felt blown out of proportion in the media, as outlets were quick to jump on things and exploit them with a big and salacious headline.
“Again, neither one of us is dead, neither one of us is looking to throw hatchets at each other,” he said. “It’s more like, it’s amicable. It’s boring, but, you know, we respected each other enough that it was as painless as it could be.”
While the actor admits he was left heartbroken by the divorce, it’s only because it shifted his friendship with Aniston, to whom he’d been married two years after dating for four.
“It was heartbreaking only in the sense that the friendship would not be the same, as far as just the day to day,” he said. “But the friendship is shifting and changing, you know, so that part is something that we’re both very proud of.”
“The Leftovers” star and Aniston, 49, announced their separation in February with a joint statement claiming the split was “mutual and lovingly made.”
“We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, Aniston revealed in a recent interview that she, too, is doing just fine post-divorce.
“It’s pretty crazy,” she told InStyle last month. “The misconceptions are ‘Jen can’t keep a man,’ and ‘Jen refuses to have a baby because she’s selfish and committed to her career.’ Or that I’m sad and heartbroken.”
“First, with all due respect, I’m not heartbroken. And second, those are reckless assumptions. No one knows what’s going on behind closed doors… Maybe I have other things I’m supposed to do?”