Seven months after announcing their separation, Justin Theroux is finally speaking out about his split from Jennifer Aniston, opening up about what led the marriage to end in a candid 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,” the 47-year-old actor/writer told the Times while promoting his new Netflix series “Maniac”. “In a weird way, just sort of navigating the inevitable perception of it is the exhausting part.”
Looking back on what led to the breakup, Theroux describes “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.”
As he explains, because their respective acting work regularly found the couple living apart for extended periods of time (“a kind of carny lifestyle,” he says), their split “doesn’t have that seismic shift of an ordinary couple, where everything is, like, you have to tear a baby in half,” he adds.
“Again, neither one of us is dead, neither one of us is looking to throw hatchets at each other,” he continues. “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.”
In a recent interview, the twice-divorced Aniston fired back at “misconceptions” she believes are floating around about her.
“The misconceptions are ‘Jen can’t keep a man,’ and ‘Jen refuses to have a baby because she’s selfish and committed to her career.’ Or that I’m sad and heartbroken,” she told InStyle. “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. They don’t know what I’ve been through medically or emotionally. There is a pressure on women to be mothers, and if they are not, then they’re deemed damaged goods. Maybe my purpose on this planet isn’t to procreate. Maybe I have other things I’m supposed to do?”