Jennifer Aniston’s romance with single (?) dad Christopher Gartin heats up

40137, MAUI, HAWAII - Monday May 3 2010. Jennifer Aniston takes a break from shooting on the set of Just Go With It . The romantic comedy is filming on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Photograph: Will Binns,

The question mark is because I can’t figure out if Jennifer Aniston’s alleged new man Christopher Gartin is actually divorced. His IMDB page has a big question mark and all I could find out is that he was and perhaps still is married to wife Joanna, and that they have at least one child together (but there some mention of two kids, maybe?). He’s 42 years old, and from his credits, I determine him to be a steadily working character actor, mostly in television. That fact alone – the character actor doing television work – makes me wonder if Jennifer is really dating him. Aniston seems like she wants a movie star. But people change, so maybe there’s something there. OK! Magazine seems to think so:

Jennifer Aniston may have finally found her perfect man! A True Blood insider tells OK! actor Christopher Gartin is the good guy Jen deserves!

“Nothing could be better for him,” the source tells OK!. “Or more deserving. For both of them, actually. Chris is a gem of a guy.”

Jen must feel the same as she showed off her hot date to the paparazzi over the weekend!

“At first he’s so good looking that you think he might be arrogant or something,” the insider explains. “Nothing could be further from the truth. He is so warm and genuinely caring.”

And those aren’t his only good qualities!

“When you talk to him, he really, really listens. He’s right there for you,” adds the source. “And how perfect for Jennifer Aniston. She deserves a really good guy, who is a family man and a father.”

“He brought his children to the set once last year and he’s so caring and doting. He’s as natural dad, as if he were born to be a parent. How perfect for Jennifer if she wants kids and if their relationship takes them down that road.”

But the relationship isn’t just one-sided — Jen would be perfect for Chris too!

“She can’t do any better than Chris. He’s been through a lot personally over the last two or three years, so it’s about time that he’s happy with someone that understands divorce, and all the drama that goes with it, and understands the value of family,” the True Blood insider tells OK!. “That sounds like Jennifer Aniston to me.”

[From OK! Magazine]

Sure. I guess. Why do I think a single father with young kids might be a deal breaker for Jennifer and her thrice-annual vacations to Cabo? But if she’s down with him and the kids, more power to them both. He is pretty cute, but I still say it’s not in the “so good looking that you think he might be arrogant or something” way. More in the “dorky/unconventionally hot” way. Which is good – who gives a crap about pretty boys? I’d rather take someone unconventionally hot any day. And I still say he looks a lot like Justin Bartha.


42168, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - Thursday July 1. An unconfirmed sighting of Jennifer Aniston hiding her face as she is driven away from Sunset Towers by an unidentified man. Photograph:  Josephine Santos,

42168, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - Thursday July 1. An unconfirmed sighting of Jennifer Aniston hiding her face as she is driven away from Sunset Towers by an unidentified man. Photograph:  Josephine Santos,

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  1. Lisa Turtle says:

    Publicity Stunt, as per usual for Ms. Aniston.

    The Back-Up Plan comes out in August. She needs to compete with all the big summer movies, including SALT which comes out at the end of July.

    What’s a gal to do?

    Have her agent arrange a faux-romance to get her some media coverage and promote her shitty movie.

  2. denise says:

    That “insider ” made poor Jennifer sound even needier.

  3. bite me says:

    r we sure that the back up plan is still going to be release in August?

    and jenny its time to come out of the closest

  4. flutters says:

    For whatever it’s worth her people issued flat out denials to People and Us. According to them this guy is a long time member of their circle of friends with Courteney Cox and David Arquette and they’ve been out to dinner many times. Her rep called the dating reports “just silly”.

  5. Tess says:

    I think she’s arthritic. Look at her hands. Swollen knuckles?????

  6. irena NL says:

    Maybe someone not in the limelight would stand a better chance of working out for her.

  7. lisa says:


    I saw the denials.. But still I don’t understand the ducking in the car. That is the action that fuels the rumors. If he is a friend then just get the pics taken and move on. I think of women like Kate Hudson and Drew B. who date a LOT and never act like a child being caught. NOBODY says a thing about those women. Because they OWN it. Aniston is suppose to be an adult.

    Act like one. If the man is someone you are interested in go for it. If it works is does, if it doesn’t it doesn’t. Same as every other woman out there.

    Too much drama

  8. Carol says:

    “Jen must feel the same as she showed off her hot date to the paparazzi over the weekend!”

    And for this they reference the pictures where they are both ducking down in the car and she is covering her face?!? How ridiculous to label that “showing off”. And also how ridiculous to call this a publicity stunt. Give the girl a break!

  9. Snarf says:

    Guess Aniston’s attempting to fuel the rumours early for her movie and to take away the publicity from Angelina Jolie and Salt.

  10. Maritza says:

    He is handsome, he looks more like James Denton but with dark hair. I hadn’t noticed Jennifer’s knuckles, they do seem arthritic looking.

  11. N.D. says:

    Timing does look suspicious on both counts – her new movie and Brangelina coming out into the spotlight again. But I’m not big fan of a conspiracy theories and by the look of it it could easily be a totally random thing – she went out, paps caught her, took pics, sold them to tabs, tabs wrote their silly stories. Happens once in awhile to every star in HW, even to the most private ones. Not much to discuss.

  12. Kristin says:

    I wish the media would stop trying to make this a Jen vs Angie thing. They are both working actresses and Jen is single and she can date whomever she wants. Plus, I doubt she was “showing off” to the paparazzi, expecially when it looks like she’s about ready to crawl under the dashboard.

  13. flutters says:

    @lisa To be perfectly honest there’s nothing Jennifer or Angelina could do to make me think they aren’t attention mongering. I don’t care about either of them and believe the main reason they end up in the tabloids is that they feed into that culture. I see your point about ducking but the spin would’ve been the same if she hadn’t ducked. It’s a no-win situation she’s a participant in creating.

  14. bizzy says:

    @N.D.: now, i’m team-angie all the way, but even i don’t believe jennifer’s so desperate that she thinks going on a maybe-date with some guy we’ve never heard of will put a dent in the publicity juggernaut that is angelina salt, or raise the hype for her own upcoming romantic-comedy-part-47.

  15. CB Rawks says:

    That guy is adorable! I first saw him in Tremors 2, and he almost made it okay that Kevin Bacon didn’t show up. Almost.

  16. mln says:

    I think of women like Kate Hudson and Drew B. who date a LOT and never act like a child being caught. NOBODY says a thing about those women. Because they OWN it. Aniston is suppose to be an adult

    EXACTLY isn’t she 41 yrs old (older than all three of those ladies) and a bigger star why the ducking? plus why go to dinner on Sunset Blvd isn’t that pap central? And on top of that the same car?
    It is none of our business whether or not they are dating but there are ways that celebs can make sure that they aren’t photographed when they don’t want to be and JA has a history of Fauxmance especially the Gerard Butler debacle of this past spring. It is sad for a 41 year old woman to be so immature.

  17. Iggles says:

    “He brought his children to the set once last year and he’s so caring and doting. He’s as natural dad, as if he were born to be a parent. How perfect for Jennifer if she wants kids and if their relationship takes them down that road.”

    Um. Jen is 40, right? It’s likely that she won’t be able to have kids of her own at the rate that she’s going (hopping one faux-mance to another). Time to stop holding out for this myth..

  18. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    All of you who get so mad at people saying mean stuff about Jolie, sure as heck have no problem saying nasty stuff about Aniston.

  19. Tess says:

    She’s a 41 year-old child-woman, a master practicioner of the art of the manufactured romance, and most probably in the early stages of arthritis.

    What’s next? Cats?

  20. denise says:

    @ Iggles

    It is very possible that Jen can become a mom. Invetro and fertility treatments, ring a bell?

  21. snowball says:

    My god, how pathetic she is. She’s only dating him to get back at Brad, because he was seen with the kids so much and Angie’s was out with that hot white dress and did that crazy hot mag just a bit ago. The bitch is trying to steal her Salt thunder. You know she’s never going to mess up her body by actually having kids, she’s so pathetic, she’s probably going to marry a guy with kids for the publicity and then dump them off on their biological mom as fast as she can so she can go back to her selfish life doing yoga in Cabo because her womb is a shriveled up raisin, no one will ever marry her because she is stuck on herself and will never get over Brad, she pays people to be her friends, she’s only pretty when she’s Photoshopped to death..

    You guys are nuts. Did I about cover it or are there more things?

    Oh yeah, she’s got man hands, she’s always got the same hair, she only dates when she’s got a movie out, her reps always plant stories about when she’s going to be out with a guy so she can be photographed…

    (adjusts tinfoil hat)

  22. Kim says:

    If Jen wanted to be a mom she would be a mom.Move on people

  23. jessie says:

    @ Kim. THANK YOU!
    Why do people care. She’s hot and single with a kick ass body. Looks like she is enjoying life w/o kids just fine!

  24. Cheyenne says:

    @denise: In vitro and fertility treatments can do a great deal for women who want a baby. Key phrase: want a baby. They don’t do anything for women who don’t want children, and 41 is pretty late to start wanting them.

    If she doesn’t want children that’s her right. It’s her body and her decision and she does not have to explain anything to anyone. I just wish she would cut the I-will-and-I-am-and-I-do bullshit, but I can understand why she’d never admit to not wanting children — if that is indeed the case. The tabloids would have a field day saying Brad was right all along to dump her for a woman who gave him a family.

  25. Guest says:

    Cheers Snowball – agree completely with your post. Why don’t we just give her a break and see where this goes, if there is even something between them to begin with.

    Besides, the idea that she only wants a “movie star” is proven untrue: only Vaughn could fit in this category, and her other boyfriends/dates before and after Pitt were musicians, models, actors, crew guys: none of whom were near her level of stardom. And why do people think kids aren’t her style because she likes to vacation in Cabo – is that a place where no mother is allowed to go? When Jennifer is there she is usually traveling with her friends who are themselves mothers.

    The level of criticism and analysis this woman faces is unreal.

  26. denise says:


    I was just pointing out that if she wanted to she can still have a baby. Not everyone wants to be a mom, and that’s okay.

  27. lucy2 says:

    Doubtful, mainly because it’s coming from a “True Blood insider”. Gartin was on TB for a few episodes LAST SEASON which were filmed probably well over a year ago, so I doubt this “insider” has the 411 on his current love life. I think it’s a tabloid manufactured source and they just picked the most recognizable TV show name to run with.

    I don’t get why some are so willing to believe EVERY story written about her. Sure she plays the media game, just like they all do, but like with most other celebs, the tabloid stuff is MADE UP or greatly exaggerated. Quit being so gullible!

  28. jeannified says:

    Meh…he’s good looking, but I don’t buy it that she wants a “good family man.” She had that with Brad, and blew it, because she didn’t want kids. Please!

  29. Cheyenne says:

    @denise: ITA. The problem is she sort of painted herself into a corner with that I-will-and-I-am-and-I-do assertion, and ever since then the tabloids have had her pregnant every other month or so. Her publicist should have told the tabloids a long time ago to butt the hell out of her menstrual cycle, but it’s too late now.

  30. Guest says:

    @Cheyenne: She didn’t paint herslf into any corner for all we know. She was asked about the baby issue in VF and on Oprah in 2005 (and occasionally since then) because there were rampant rumors at the time of her and Pitt’s split that she did not want to have children. Both she and Pitt have said these rumors were false on more than one occasion each. So when she was asked about wanting kids she replied, “I did, I do and I will.” Just because she has yet to have children does not mean she was lying when she said this or anytime since 2005 where she has said she desires and will have children. She is 41 not 81 people. Plenty of HW and other mothers are having children later in life nowadays – whether that be biologically or through adoption. Until she declares she doesn’t want children, or she’s old enough that it really isn’t feasible for her to have them, I’m not sure why people are so willing to believe that she has to be lying about her desire. We have no idea what went on in her marriage to Pitt, but in the year or two before they split they both declared numoerous times that they were in the process of having a baby and trying for a child (the interviews are available to prove this). So no child was born to them – there could be any number of reasons for this: fertility issues, miscarriage, or they lied about trying in the first place. Since we don’t know, I find it offensive for people to assume she didn’t and doesn’t want children.

  31. Anna says:

    I wonder how much time she’ll actually spend with those kids.

  32. Lilias says:

    @Cheyenne: She said that 5 years ago. You don’t know if it was true then and you don’t know if it’s true now.

    She doesn’t seem to behave in a manner that would indicate that she will eventually have children but 5 years changes a lot of things for people. You can’t keep dragging someone back to something they said or did in the past. The past is the past. Move on.

  33. OC lady says:

    A few yrs ago, she also said this: “It will happen! There’s an amazing man that’s wandering the streets right now who’s the father of my children!”

    And from all these statements, a million tabloids stories about Jen and babies were born (sorry!). She really knows how to fuel the baby drama. I can just imagine her on first dates. Are you that father of my future kids? Are you? How about you? Sounds like a serious dealbreaker. :-)

    Who knows what she really wants, but it is funny. I don’t think Diaz, Barrymore or the other single ladies get this much speculation because they don’t make statements like that. Diaz has said she doesn’t want kids, so the tabloids have nothing to say. She also rarely talks about anyone she dates, so again, no fuel for the fire.

    And, if you want the press to stay out of your dating life, you certainly don’t show up on Sunset where it’s paparazzi central. That’s serious fuel for the fire.

  34. Cheyenne says:

    @lilias: I couldn’t agree more. The past is past. So why not own up, say that while she may have wanted children five years ago, her life is fine now, and stop the endless tabloid speculation about when she’s going to have or adopt a baby?

    I think we both know the answer to that one. The minute the tabloids lose their morbid interest in Aniston’s uterus, she will drop off the radar for good. Even In Touch has dropped their weekly bullshit about secret meetings between Brad and Jennifer and how he is pining for his lost love, and a series of vapid rom-coms isn’t enough to keep her in the spotlight.

  35. Cheyenne says:

    @guest: If you can find the link to any interview in which Aniston said they were in the process of having a baby and were trying for one, please post it. I can’t remember her ever saying they were ready for a baby. I can remember Pitt saying so more than once. I can also remember him in an interview saying he’d love to have six or seven children, and she looked at him like he was on crack and said “You’ll be lucky if you get two.”

  36. Camille says:

    OC lady: Hear hear!

    July 7th, 2010 at 7:16 pm : This! I also remember Pitt breaking down in a TV interview and saying that ‘kids were on his mind’ or something like that (I’m sure someone can clarify that for me). Poor guy, he obviously really wanted kids.

    Great comments guys.

    And my isn’t this good gossip. Where are all the people not shouting about how dare she date someone that isn’t completely divorced? (Or is he?) Oh that’s right, its only BS gossip in a tabloid, but it IS the truth in a tabloid when it pertains to She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (depending on who’s thread you are in at the time). :lol:

  37. Anon says:


    “We’re absolutely in the process,” she says of having a baby. “It’s where we’re headed.” She’s taking folic acid—a prenatal must-have—and she and Pitt have designated one room of their new house as a possible nursery.”,,20150046,00.html

    “I’m ready for motherhood, and I would love to start my family when Friends is done.”

    Link to Oprah interview from November 2003 where Oprah asks Jennifer at the 8:38 mark about having babies when Friends ends, and she responds, “Yes, I’m going to do that.” Oprah then asks if she will do it immediately and she responds, “I’ll have them here in the dressing room. Waiting! There is that weird little knock and itching thing that does start to happen as you enter into your 30s. I’m itching a little bit. It’s that time. It’s a good chapter – ending of this time period and now onto the next chapter.”

    Link to US Weekly article speculating about fertility issues and showing a picture of Jennifer visiting the same fertility specialist that C Cox saw (April 2004):

  38. Angel says:

    Oh, my, but he is pretteh. Go Jen!

  39. Jaxx says:

    @Cheyenne–I saw that interview you are talking about. Brad first said that little girls just break his heart. Then he said he’d love to have six or seven little Jens running around. I was so touched by the way he said it. But the way Aniston rolled her eyes at him you just knew that was never going to happen. Even though she said he’d be lucky if he got two I knew right then she was never having any kids. There was just no warmth in her for the subject at all. She wanted him for his star status. I don’t think she ever really cared for HIM at all.

  40. DD says:

    snowball, my thoughts exactly. I don’t know how people can be so hot and bothered about who she’s been seen out with and come up with all these theories and some of the stuff on here is LOL. I would never even open an Aniston thread, but I’m guaranteed such a laugh reading the ridiculous posts her threads generate. I almost know most of the ridiculousness comes from the crowd that are so hot and bothered by the connection of her ex-husband’s new flame.
    If her ex had just divorced her without hooking up at the same time, the weird/stupid/show-up conspiracy comments on who she’s seen with etc. would be reduced by probably three quarters. That’s the sad thing.
    And yes, I know her ex’s new flame gets the same stupid comments in her thread too. But it doesn’t mean I’m going to come into an Aniston thread and bash her just because I’m a fan of her ex’s new love.

  41. mln says:

    I actually don’t give a damn about her womb, whether she has a baby or doesn’t. Why she divorced Brad or why Brad divorced her. I am just sick of her P.R. stunts and fake relationships I mean CNN called her out on it. Her movies are terrible and the only things she can get attention for are the above.

  42. emmy says:

    chris is/was married to jo gartin who is a party planner and is one of courtney cox’s best friends. both her and chris are part of the inner circle that the cox/arquette group hang out with. chris has two kids and his daughter is best friends with coco. when chris was photographed with courtney and the kids they always accused them of having an affair!

  43. coconut says:

    The question mark in the IMDB profile of his indicates they don’t when he got married. It looks like he is still married though perhaps separated.

  44. Cheyenne says:

    @Anon: Thank you for taking the trouble to dig up all the links. Now I’ll tell you why I think she was bullshitting in all of those interviews. Actions speak a good deal louder than words, and any woman who was really planning on having a baby would not sign up to do four movies back to back immediately after her sitcom wrapped. Whatever she had planned for the next two or three years after Friends, parenthood wasn’t one of them.

    @Jaxx: ITA. I think she cared a lot about being Mrs. Brad Pitt and all the red-carpet perks that entailed. But about the man himself, she couldn’t have cared less.

  45. Lilias says:

    @Cheyenne: So you asked someone to dig up proof that she actually said these things just to shoot down the “proof”?

    If someone hadn’t found anything, you would have said “See there’s proof she didn’t say it”.

    And since there is proof she said it, she’s “bullshitting”. Just admit that you think this woman can do no right and that no amount of proof otherwise will convince you.

    Quite frankly, I don’t think she wants children either but it’s no one’s right to know either way except for her personal acquaintances. You don’t have some bizarre hold on her life where she has to tell you everything. If she wants to use the ragmags obsession with her womb to her career’s advantage, I don’t see anything wrong with that. ALL celebrities use the press in any way possible to get the most attention. She seems to not mind screwing with them and using them to promote herself.

    And the tabs always let go of Aniston stories as soon as she didn’t have a new movie coming out. I don’t see much of her or any stories about her in between times when she’s filming or promoting something.

  46. Cheyenne says:

    Lilias, hon, don’t get your panties all in a twist. I asked for the links because I never heard of her saying anything about wanting children. Okay, so she said it. Fine. But her actions say something altogether different. You don’t lock yourself into contracts to do four movies in a row if you are planning on having a baby. Just sayin’.

  47. Anon says:


    As one of those links I provided you states, it is common practice for actresses of child-bearing years to sign contracts that include clauses to opt out of the picture in the event of pregnancy or otherwise. Alternatively, pregnancies can and have been either written into a project or worked around (i.e. either hidden during filming or filming is halted until the actress is no longer pregnant).

    Jennifer had no movies scheduled for several months after Friends ended, and then of the several movies she was reported to have signed on for, only a couple have ever been made to date. Plenty of movies remain in-development for years. No actress would ever turn down a project with an undetermined start date simply on the chance they might be pregnant come filming time.

    That said, I have no idea whether she was/is telling the truth or not about wanting a baby, but none of what you have provided as evidence (that she didn’t/doesn’t yet have a child, and that she signed on for projects) is evidence to suggest she was lying. I’m willing to believe her on the basis of her reaction in that Oprah interview alone. We will have to agree to disagree I guess.

  48. rb says:

    Anon – those JAs quotes in those interviews never sounded real…it was all very vague and as Cheyenne pointed out, her actions spoke way louder than her words. She had movies scheduled back to back BEFORE friends even wrapped. So her comments like when friends is over we’re going to start planning or whatever seemed like bs. When these quotes came out, I remember being confused about why she was saying that and then attempting to start a movie career at the same time. Long before the brad and angelina thing happened, I thought she doesn’t really seem like she’s ready to have kids and brad seems like he’s ready and waiting for her. And as for supposed fertility treatments and all that – I think some news would have come out about that if it was ever true. We hear that kind of stuff about other celebrities, and it’s not that JA and brad ever went out of their way to fiercely guard their privacy.

  49. Anon says:

    @Jaxx and Cheyenne:

    The interview you are talking about where Pitt talked about wanting little Jennifer’s was Oprah from 2004. Jennifer was not on that show so there was no eye roll from her when he said that at all. You can see this below at around the 7:50 mark:

    I recall no interview where the two of them were present and asked about babies and Jennifer rolled her eyes at Brad. If you have a link I would love to see it.


    She didn’t have movies scheduled back to back after Friends. She didn’t film anything between January 2004 (when Friends stopped filming) and July 2004 (when she began filming Rumor Has It). The only other film she did before the separation was Derailed which was filming in October-December 2004 (but wasn’t signed on for until July of 2004). Friends With Money was only signed on for late in 2004 and shot in 2005, and The Break-up wasn’t signed for and shot until 2005. As I mentioned there were other films that she was reported to have been involved with and none of these have ever been made to date.

    It’s your opinion that she wasn’t sincere, but I beg to differ on Brad being ready and waiting on her. He long said that he wanted to enjoy her and their marriage and only in 2004 did he start to say that he felt like he was finally ready and had his stuff together to be a parent.

  50. anon says:

    @Anon: Huvane is that you? :-)

  51. Jersey says:

    Lilias, hon, don’t get your panties all in a twist. I asked for the links because I never heard of her saying anything about wanting children. Okay, so she said it. Fine. But her actions say something altogether different. You don’t lock yourself into contracts to do four movies in a row if you are planning on having a baby. Just sayin’.

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