A tabloid is pretending it has a bombshell revelation by claiming Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are “living separate lives.” What it’s really peddling is fake news. Allow Gossip Cop to explain.
Aniston and Theroux keep residences in both New York City and Los Angeles. Sometimes, they’re at neither due to their careers. As with all stars involved in the film, TV and music industries, they’re typically required to travel all over the globe for various productions. That’s just fine with the couple, even though it may mean they spend most of their time in different places in order to fulfill their professional obligations. It’s not fine to the gossip media, which repeatedly portrays them as spouses on the verge of divorce simply because they don’t always reside in one place like non-famous married couples.
And this week, Life & Style is acting like it’s new information that Aniston and Theroux are often “living apart.” It’s not new, as it’s always been that way, just like it is with most pairings in Hollywood. By acting like this is some sudden, game-changing development, the tabloid is trying to sell a fake news story. A so-called “insider” is quoted as saying, “They are drifting further apart. Their closest friends worry that their marriage is in serious trouble.”
What’s more, claims the magazine’s supposed source, is that “Jen and Justin have a lot of little things in common, but the things that they don’t are huge. They can’t even get along with each other’s friends.” That’s a bizarrely inaccurate thing to allege considering Theroux has spent quite a lot of time with the likes of Courteney Cox over the years, including on vacation, and the actor’s close pal, Amy Sedaris, interviewed Aniston for Harper’s Bazaar just a few months ago.
Still, a purported “friend” alleges to the outlet that, due to their “separate lives,” “Jen feels more like a forgotten girlfriend than a contented wife.” No, that’s just how the publication and its ilk want to see her. The “insider” maintains that the couple has “tried to come up with an arrangement that suits them both, but it’s tearing them apart.” Actually, their “arrangement” is working just fine. The tabloids are just committed to making it seem like the opposite. That’s why this same narrative has been repeated year after year, and usually multiple times a year.
In fact, Life & Style sister outlet In Touch is running a similar article in its latest issue, although it went even further by falsely declaring Aniston and Theroux’s marriage is “over.” That untrue allegation was also primarily based on the same misleading claims about their unconventional lifestyle, leading Aniston’s rep to snark to Gossip Cop that it’s all just “more of the same made-up nonsense that never seems to end.”
It certainly doesn’t help that blogs regurgitate the misinformation, wrongly spreading it further. For example, Celebrity Insider is blaring in a headline, “Jennifer Aniston And Justin Theroux Reportedly Living Separate Lives After Brad Pitt Reconciliation Rumors.” That’s actually a double whammy. Like the tabloids, the site is acting like there’s been some devastating change in their living situation AND bringing up Pitt supposedly wanting a “second chance” with his ex-wife. Gossip Cop actually busted the latter claim more than a month ago.
The different parts of the gossip media, tabloids and webloids, seem to feed off each other by sharing one another’s claims. But readers are being fed bad dish.