Justin Theroux Opens Up About “Gentle Separation” From Jennifer Aniston

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The actor gets candid in an interview with The New York Times published Saturday.

Justin Theroux is publicly speaking out for the first time on his divorce from Jennifer Aniston in a candid interview with the New York Times published Saturday. 

Aware of the speculations that quickly arose surrounding their divorce — which the couple announced in February— the Maniac actor called the public attention “exhausting” for he wasn’t sure how to tackle the endless gossip. “How do you combat gossip and rumor?” he told the publication. “And it’s just on crack and steroids now.”

Rather than obsessing over the endless rumors surrounding their divorce, Theroux said that he wasted no time “dwelling on it” for in actuality their separation wasn’t a result of drama like reports speculated. 

“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,” he explained. “In a weird way, just sort of navigating the inevitable perception of it is the exhausting part.”

He continued, “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.”

Shortly after announcing their divorce — after more than two years of marriage and nearly seven years together —Theroux received advice from actor Jason Bateman, who warned that Theroux can easily become a “character” for the media.

Theroux recalled Bateman telling him, “There will be this other you born, this other character. And this person is insane. If you follow this person, or you pay attention to this person, it will make you insane too.”

“So I learned early on, obviously, not to participate, not to spend time dwelling on it,” Theroux said. Aware that his profession is that of a “carny lifestyle,” Theroux argued that Hollywood divorces don’t always mean that “ordinary couples” must endure a “seismic shift” where “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.”

Though an amicable decision, the actor admits that the divorce was “heartbreaking” for it ultimately affected their friendship. “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.”

When asked if the actor is dating again, Theroux coyly responded to the magazine, “Is this the part where I coyly raise an eyebrow and not answer the question?” 

Meanwhile in her September cover story for InStyle, Aniston also addressed her divorce from Theroux, arguing against the “misconceptions” that she was “heartbroken” and “can’t keep a man.” 

“First, with all due respect, I’m not heartbroken. And second, those are reckless assumptions. No one knows what’s going on behind closed doors. No one considers how sensitive that might be for my partner and me.”

Though she admits that she struggles with remaining “poised and balanced” at times amid false reports, Aniston argues that, for the most part, she finds the headlines written about her to be “more and more absurd.”

“I guess they’re feeding into some sort of need the public has, but I focus on my work, my friends, my animals, and how we can make the world a better place. That other stuff is junk food that needs to go back in its drawer,” she says.

Read Theroux’s full interview here

Source : https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/justin-theroux-opens-up-jennifer-aniston-divorce-1146288