While some celebrity breakups feel like they’ve been a long-time coming, others completely blindside us shippers. Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s unexpected split falls into the latter category. The former couple shared a statement last week announcing their split, writing:
“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.”
Though many of us were convinced that Jen had finally found her lobster in Justin (and a far superior lobster to Ross), it seems as though issues may have been brewing for a while between the two, and they were primarily logistical ones.
The sourced said that Aniston’s commitment to L.A. and Theroux’s commitment to New York City was a factor in their split. “She really tried to make it work with him but the distance was a factor as he only wanted to live in N.Y.C. and there was no compromise with her […] Their lifestyles were completely incompatible, and ultimately Justin decided to leave.”
Distance can break apart even the most steadfast couple, especially if there’s no end to it in sight. We wish both Jen and Justin all the best moving forward.