Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have split after just two and a half years of marriage.
The decision to go their separate ways ‘was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year’, according to a statement released on Thursday through Jennifer’s publicist.
The 49-year-old Friends star became engaged to the Leftovers actor, 46, in August 2012, and they married in a surprise ceremony at their LA home on August 5, 2015.
The couple’s statement says they would have handled their separation privately, but they wanted to counter tabloid speculation and ‘convey the truth directly.’
They say they intend to maintain love and respect for each other.
Jennifer and Justin were last pictured together during a New Year’s getaway trip in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
It definitely seems as if the power couple have spent plenty of time apart as the Mulholland Drive actor has been often spotted by himself in New York City which is away from their home in Los Angeles.
Full statement from Aniston and Theroux on separation
‘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. 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.’
via spokesman Stephen Huvane
Meanwhile Jennifer celebrated her 49th birthday just days ago and Justin was noticeably absent in the photos shared on social media from the festivities in Malibu, California.
Jennifer was keeping busy as she was reportedly in attendance at Amy Schumer’s surprise wedding to chef Chris Fischer in Malibu on Tuesday.
On Monday, Theroux was spotted grabbing a coffee by himself in the Big Apple just a day after his now estranged wife’s birthday.
The shock split will come as a surprise to many as Justin had previously described Jennifer as his ‘ally’.
The ink wasn’t even dry on the separation statement and everyone was ready to set Jennifer up again.
Twitter exploded with reaction to the break-up news on Thursday, and every single tweet had two words in common: Brad and Pitt.
Within moments of the news breaking, the 49-year-old Friends star had split from husband of two years Justin Theroux, fans immediately began shipping her back together with her ex-hubby.
Just 16 months ago, Pitt also found himself back on the single’s market after being dumped by wife Angelina Jolie — the woman he left Aniston for.
Pitt was married to Aniston from 2000 to 2005 in what many deemed a fairytale Hollywood union.