Justin Theroux is clearing the air about one particularly prominent rumor surrounding his split from ex-wife Jennifer Aniston, adding that the former couple still shares a warm relationship.
In an Esquire profile published on Thursday, Theroux pushed back on the years-long speculation that the famous couple separated because they couldn’t decide on a home base.
Insider reporter Anjelica Oswald previously wrote, at the time of their split in 2018, that anonymous sources told Entertainment Tonight that Theroux wanted to live in New York City, while Aniston preferred Los Angeles.
Now, Theroux clarifies that’s not the case — at least not entirely.
“That’s a narrative that is not true, for the most part,” Theroux told Esquire’s Eric Sullivan. “Look, people create narratives that make themselves feel better or simplify things for them.”
Sullivan wrote that “The Leftovers” actor called these rumors “an oversimplification” without offering any further elaboration on the real reason for their split.
Theroux says that he has ‘remained friends’ with Aniston after their separation
Theroux and Aniston met on the set of “Tropic Thunder” in 2007 and were married in 2015.
In 2018, the former couple revealed that they had split at the end of the previous year in a statement shared with Associated Press.
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Theroux and Aniston separated in 2018. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
“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,” the former couple said in the 2018 statement shared by a representative.
“Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative,” Aniston and Theroux’s statement added. “Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another.”
Three years after they first went public about their split, the former couple has appeared to make good on their promise to remain friends.
Aniston and Theroux both follow each other on Instagram and, as Sullivan pointed out, Theroux wished his ex-wife a happy birthday in February with a black-and-white Instagram post.
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Theroux said Aniston is “hilarious.” Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
“We don’t talk every day, but we call each other. We FaceTime. We text,” Theroux told Sullivan of his still-friendly relationship with his Aniston.
“Like it or not, we didn’t have that dramatic split, and we love each other,” he continued. “I’m sincere when I say that I cherish our friendship. We can not be together and still bring each other joy and friendship.”
He also called Aniston “hilarious” and said she makes him laugh “very, very hard.”
“I think that when you get 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,” he said.