Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have announced their separation after two-and-a-half years of marriage.
In a statement first obtained by The Associated Press,
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.
Theroux said in an interview earlier this week that he and Aniston were not together on her Feb. 11 birthday, and he would not be spending Valentine’s Day with her.
They were engaged in August 2012 and married in August 2015. They have no children.
Aniston, 49, was previously married to Brad Pitt from 2000 to 2005.