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Justin Theroux Discusses Split from Jennifer Aniston for First Time

Justin Theroux Discusses Split from Jennifer Aniston for First Time

Justin Theroux is opening up about his split from ex-wife Jennifer Aniston for the first time, seven months after they announced their breakup.

The 47-year-old actor, who is currently promoting his new Netflix series Maniac, got candid in a new interview with The New York Times.

“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,” Justin said about the split. “In a weird way, just sort of navigating the inevitable perception of it is the exhausting part.”

“These are actually in reality small events that take place. But everything can feel like 10 on the Richter scale if you make the headline big enough and salacious enough,” he added.

Justin added that because his job as an actor has frequent separations, the split “doesn’t have that seismic shift of an ordinary couple, where everything is, like, you have to tear a baby in half.”

“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. It was heartbreaking, only in the sense that the friendship would not be the same, as far as just the day to day. But the friendship is shifting and changing, you know, so that part is something that we’re both very proud of.”

Justin was asked if he is seeing anyone right now and he laughed and said, “Is this the part where I coyly raise an eyebrow and not answer the question?”

Jennifer previously talked about the split in an interview for InStyle.

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  • Seriously

    Theroux’s interview with the NY Times is totally worth reading. He’s a partying NY hipster who claims to be in on the joke while he desperately tries to belong to the NY Hipster crowd. But the best part is when he claims that he sees no evidence that his relationship with Jennifer Aniston improved his career at all. Wow, how delusional is he? She is the reason most people know who he is. LOL.

  • Gala

    I agree Justin , lovely

  • okay…

    He strikes me as a poseur who isn’t nearly as cool or edgy as he thinks he is.

  • Lucy

    What a stupid little waste of space, of course it’s easy to part ways when you were nothing but a paid shield.

    Where is the outrage by the tabs about how Aniston LIED for years about being “married”. The bitch even gave interviews about being married to get covers on magazines. The shamelessness of these two fools, may they go away forever never to be heard from again.

  • LuKe

    I’m sorry what? Jennifer Aniston’s career is dead for many years now. Justin on the other hand is very creative and he takes part in many interesting projects (“The leftovers” was one of the best TV shows of this century). From the two of them – Justin Theroux is the cooler one, the working one and the one with a career. Aniston is just one of the “Friends”. Maybe she is better known, but certainly it is he who has all the artistic splendor.

  • Seriously

    And he had none of that cool factor before she made him famous. He played second fiddle in random films before landing a starring role in The Leftovers, a show he got after Aniston hooked him up with CAA.

    Also, if her career is so dead why is she making $25 million for that Apple TV show? It’ll take Theroux a decade or more to make that kind of money.

    She’s got the Emmy, the Golden Globe, the nominations for various projects. He’s never even been nominated for anything considering his “artistic splendor”. Thank you so much for that hilarious phrase. LOL

  • Phil the Donahue

    he needs new colorist, his hair is way too black. He’s a dorky wannabe. When you have to act cool you aren’t cool.

  • Joy B Angie

    Justin T. is Just a Jen’s ex.

  • Joy B Angie

    Wow, no gun necklace – it’s a progress.

  • LuKe

    There are many examples of overpaid actors. Producers can pay her whatever they wish, but when did you hear any buzz surrounding Aniston considering her projects. “Cake” (2014) ? That was after this movie that most people were saying – “She can act after all”. – What does that say about her career? And even in that case. That artistic highlight of her career was mostly overlooked by general public and most award ceremonies. Almost all of her wins and nominations come from hugely popular sitcom from the 90′s. What’s her career after that? And by a career I don’t necessary mean money.
    Theroux isn’t a no name. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He has written on several films such as Iron Man 2, Tropic Thunder, and Rock of Ages. He had a very significant role in David Lynch’s “Mulholland drive”. He received several nominations for “The leftovers”. The fact that in that time Award shows avoided to nominate anything from “The leftovers” was scandalous. The Academies were always out of touch with what’s good. They have awarded many shows that were popular, but they weren’t that good. How can you appreciate the complex show if you are given one episode for evaluation. That’s just stupid. Most members of the Academy probably thought that “The leftovers” is a sitcom about a cheap restaurant or something and haven’t even checked it.

    My point was that Justin Theroux has made his career on his own and didn’t need Aniston for his professional work.

    Jen and Justin met on the set of Tropic Thunder, which Justin cowrote. So the beginning of their relationship is there.

    Aniston didn’t give him recognition (well maybe she introduced him to people who treat films and television as a boring activity and they are more into gossip and celebrity stuff). Those who are fans of the cinema has known Justin for years and they’been dying to see him again on the screen. He is an extraordinary actor.

  • LuKe

    You write about his looks and his interviews – that’s a celebrity part, I don’t give a shit about. He is an amazing actor – that’s the most important.

  • Joy B Angie

    Who wants to invite him ?
    Screen is waiting.

  • Joy B Angie

    Who wants to invite this amazing actor ?

  • LuKe

    You’re writing about her celebrity status, not her career. What you wrote has nothing to do with her capability of doing great in the film industry, beeing invlolved with great actors, directors, projects etc. Maybe she’s nice – I don’t know her – why do you bring Pitt and Jolie to the conversation? It only means that you are more into celebrity stuff and gossiping. Yes, surviving being dumped by Brad Pitt is Aniston’s greatest achievement of her career. And her hair. Let’s give her an award for that. Stating that Aniston’s career is superior to those of Pitt’s and Angelina’s is just ridiculous. Brad Pitt is a part of a movie history now. He took part in several groundbreaking movies. He worked with the greatest directors in the business and he gave amazing performances. Jolie’s accomplishments maybe aren’t as obvious as Pitt’s (although she has an acting Oscar) but at least she’s out there doing something creative and taking risks. She directed five movies herself.

  • LuKe

    Being a role model isn’t a professional career – it’s just celebrity stuff. If your talking about public recognition and money – then yeah – she’s holding on to that “Friends” fame form the 90′s. But I’m talking about her artistic accomplishments.

  • LuKe

    David Lynch, Damien Lindelof and many more. You can watch him right now in a new tv show “Maniac” alongside Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, Sally Field and Billy Magnussen.

  • tboz

    ROTFL you cant be serious?

  • Joy B Angie

    You said “…TV show” ?
    He is a big Star of Big Screen.
    Sure.
    :-)

  • Joy B Angie

    You said “…TV show” ?
    He is a big Star of Big Screen.
    Sure.
    :-)

  • Joy B Angie

    1. Brad Pitt a dumped person – not Jen.
    2. She was a Star of the most successful show of 20-th Century before the marriage.
    3. Brad Pitt sold the soul to the industry.
    He fulfills ALL the requirements.
    4. Jen is playing in accordance with her own rules. She has a good reputation –
    it’s way more important comparing to Oscars. She will have her Oscar some later – big deal.

  • Joy B Angie

    1. Brad Pitt a dumped person – not Jen.
    2. She was a Star of the most successful show of 20-th Century before the marriage.
    3. Brad Pitt sold the soul to the industry.
    He fulfills ALL the requirements.
    4. Jen is playing in accordance with her own rules. She has a good reputation –
    it’s way more important comparing to Oscars. She will have her Oscar some later – big deal.

  • LuKe

    I’ve never said that he’s a big Star of Big Screen. I’ve never said that he’s a star. He has just done better and more creative things with talented people. Aniston is a star of only one tv show and is mainly known for the job she did 20 years ago – on TV.

  • LuKe

    I’ve never said that he’s a big Star of Big Screen. I’ve never said that he’s a star. He has just done better and more creative things with talented people. Aniston is a star of only one tv show and is mainly known for the job she did 20 years ago – on TV.

  • LuKe

    You are clearly a delusional Aniston psycho-fan and conspiracy theorist. I’m writing about making-movies, you are writing about her personal life and her reputation. It’s amusing.

  • Joy B Angie

    Movie-making has a sense if we are talking about great movies. All BP’s great movies are in the 90-th. Where is his Oscar ? In one deep dark place because he loves weed more than movie-making. He can’t remember peoples faces – he is able to differentiate Oxman and Jolie just after listening their voices. I wish him a great future career. And new children. Of course.

  • LuKe

    That’s just simply not true. He did a lot of awesome movies in the last two decades (not only the 90′s). And guess what? He’s working right now on a new Quentin Tarantino movie. Oscars are irrelevant. They are political, calculated and recently leaning towards many different parities (which is often a disastrous case of equality over quality). DiCaprio for example is an amazing actor and received an award recently for the role that honestly wasn’t that great (he had better before, for which he wasn’t recognized). Pitt has an Oscar for producing “12 years a slave” and has been nominated three times for his roles.
    I’m wondering what do you consider to be a “great movie”? I guess some silly romantic comedies with Aniston in a leading role are the greatest ;D She has a good reputation so that should be enough :D

  • Joy B Angie

    “Good Girl” is a great movie.
    “Bruce Almighty”, “Along Came Polly”, “Marley And Me”, “Derailed” are very good movies forever.
    “Meet Joe Black”, “Fight Club”,
    “Interview With Vampire” – great movies.
    If you love ‘awersome’ movies – it’s your problem.

  • Kate

    😂

  • Kate

    It’s just your opinion that Aniston is only famous for that one show. She may have benefitted from that one show but she went on, took chances on the big screen and actually is one of the few from Friends to become successful at it. It’s not always that easy to make that transition and yet she did. She should have won the Oscar for Cake. She did an amazing job in many other dramatic roles and her fans love her in the romantic comedies. I get it, you are a big Justin fan but no reason to knock Aniston down.