“Jennifer Aniston and husband Justin Theroux announced their separation on Thursday … immediately sparking speculation that the former ‘Friends’ star might reunite with her first spouse, Brad Pitt,” reports Reuters.
ABC News, quoting the Associated Press, said Aniston, 49, and Theroux, 46, released this joint statement on Thursday: “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.”
Aniston and Theroux, who is also an actor, married in August 2015.
News of the couple’s separation “swiftly became the top trending topic on Twitter, where fans chimed in with memes and comments about a possible Pitt-Aniston reunion,” the Reuters story says, adding: “Pitt left Aniston for actress Angelina Jolie in 2005, but he and Jolie split up in 2016. Their divorce is being dealt with in private court and Pitt is currently single.”
(in a screenshot from a video, posted on YouTube, of the couple wishing Ellen DeGeneres happy birthday several years ago)