Justin Theroux Discussed a Rumor About His Split From Jennifer Aniston
In an interview with Esquire, Theroux shut down speculation that the couple split because she wanted to live in Los Angeles and he wanted to be in New York.
"That's a narrative that is not true, for the most part," Theroux said. "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."
Theroux and Aniston first began dating in 2011, and married in 2015 before announcing their split in early 2018.
"I would say we've remained friends," he told Esquire about his relationship with Aniston. "We don't talk every day, but we call each other. We FaceTime. We text."
"Like it or not, we didn't have that dramatic split, and we love each other," he added. "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."
Since their split, Theroux has shared multiple public birthday tributes to Aniston, and in 2019, the ex-couple spent Thanksgiving together along with some of their friends, including Jimmy Kimmel, Jason Bateman, and Courteney Cox.
"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 told Esquire. "Who wants to take a s— while you're walking out the door?"