Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux started dating in 2011 and were together for around seven years before parting ways.
Not all exes can stay friends but there are some who parted ways on amicable terms and still stay in touch. It shows that while some people work as friends they may not be great at being romantic partners for each other. But, going separate ways doesn't always mean that they will stop communicating with each other. And, Jennifer Aniston, 52, and her ex-husband Justin Theroux, 49, are a great example of that. They have immense respect for each other and continue to be a part of each other's lives.
Theroux and Aniston met for the first time in 2007 on the set of the film Tropic Thunder, which the former co-wrote. When she met him, she thought he was the "nicest person in the world" but sadly, he also gives off a vibe of "a serial killer," she said, according to Cosmopolitan. They met again in 2011 on the set of the film Wanderlust, starring Aniston and Paul Rudd.
They started dating in 2011 and were spotted together multiple times. After dating only a few months together, they moved in together. In 2012, she told InStyle, "Having experienced everything you don’t want in a partner over time, it starts to narrow down to what you actually do want. As I get older I realize what qualities are important in love and what suits me. And what I won’t settle for."
Their relationship progressed as they adopted a pet together the following year, as per Cosmopolitan. Both of them love dogs immensely. The same year, he proposed to her with an 8-carat diamond ring worth an estimated $500,000 from designer Peter Meksian. His reps said, "Justin Theroux had an amazing birthday on Friday, receiving an extraordinary gift when his girlfriend, Jennifer Aniston, accepted his proposal of marriage." They got married in 2015, and after a few happy years together, they announced that they're parting ways in 2018.
After all these years, Theroux is still gaga over his ex. He also put to rest rumors that they broke up over which city to live in, as per HuffPost. "That’s a narrative that is not true, for the most part,” Theroux told Esquire. "Look, people create narratives that make themselves feel better or simplify things for them. That whole ‘This person likes rock ’n’ roll, that person likes jazz. Of course!’ That’s just not the case. It’s an oversimplification," he said.
He added that they have "remained friends. We don’t talk every day, but we call each other. We FaceTime. We text." He added that they "didn’t have that dramatic split" and still "love each other."
"I’m sincere when I say that I cherish our friendship. We can not be together and still bring each other joy and friendship. Also, she makes me laugh very, very hard. She’s a hilarious person. It would be a loss if we weren’t in contact, for me personally. And I’d like to think the same for her," he shared.
The couple has always maintained that they had an amicable split, and his statement after all these years just shows that. The 49-year-old actor said that he believes when one gets "good at relationships ― and here I am, single ― if you love the person the same way you loved them in the relationship, it would behoove you to love them the same way out of the relationship. Who wants to take a shit while you’re walking out the door?"
When they had broken up in 2018, he had opened up saying "there was no animosity" and the split was "amicable" and "boring." He added, "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."
Being able to say this of an ex-partner likely comes from a place of security, maturity, and stability, which both of them have displayed.
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