Jennifer Aniston on her engagement ring: ‘I had no idea, he just knows what I like’

As you might have noticed yesterday, Jennifer Aniston gave an exclusive interview to People Magazine this week. Aniston made the cover of People… in the top inset, not the main cover story, which is all about Pity-Poor-Demi-Moore. I think it’s kind of funny that Jennifer is trying to do this big “engagement ring rollout” and she’s giving interviews about nothing but her personal life and her new Living Proof endorsement, and even People Mag won’t give her the main cover story. Well, we now have the quotes from her People interview where she’s discussing Justin Theroux’s proposal and the ring. And… I still don’t believe her.

Jennifer Aniston has claimed her engagement to Justin Theroux came as a complete shock and had no idea what he was planning when the actor got down on one knee earlier this summer.

The actor, who Jen has been dating for just over a year, presented the ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ actress with a huge eight-carat diamond ring, with the 43 year-old claiming it was a pretty “sneaky job” on the part of her now fiance.

She told People magazine: “It was one of the sneakiest jobs I’ve ever seen. I had no idea.”

Clearly the handsome star has good taste as Jen revealed he chose the rock all by himself.

She explained: “I didn’t know what I wanted for a ring. He just knows what I like.”

The couple announced their engagement in August with a spokesperson claiming the proposal took place while they were celebrating Justin’s 41st birthday.

His spokesperson confirmed to People in August: “Justin Theroux had an amazing birthday on Friday, receiving an extraordinary gift when his girlfriend, Jennifer Aniston, accepted his proposal of marriage.”

Earlier this week Jen cried when talking about the engagement during an interview on BFF’s E! Show Chelsea Lately. “I just got verklempt,” she told Chelsea as she wiped away tears.

[From Entertainmentwise]

So, this is Aniston’s official version of the engagement story. She had “no idea” that Justin would propose to her on the very same weekend that the tabloids were claiming Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would marry in France. She didn’t know he would propose, or she didn’t know about the ring? That’s what confuses me – because I think she’s saying that she didn’t know about the ring, but that she might have been expecting a proposal? Even then, I’m still not buying it. I don’t believe Justin picked out the ring all by himself. I have doubts about whether or not he paid for it himself. And I don’t believe that this was all some kind of mega-surprise, as opposed to a carefully orchestrated story designed to “steal focus” had Brangelina actually gotten married. Go ahead and yell at me! The “coincidental timing” excuse is bulls–t after seven damn years.

Photos courtesy of People Mag, Fame/Flynet, Pacific Coast News, and Jason Thomas/Filmmagic.

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  1. Erinn says:

    And cue the ‘triangle’ arguments that are sure to erupt.

  2. Jocelyn says:

    “The “coincidental timing” excuse is bulls–t after seven damn years.”

    Exactly. I don’t believe for one second this was just another coincedence.

    And no way in hell do I believe he paid for that ring and she had no say in it.

    I used to like her so much when she played Rachel because she seemed geniune.

    But everything about her now is fake. Everything is a setup. Everything is all about her PR team.

    And please someone stop putting her in movies. She needs another sitcom because she will never become a movie star who actually excels in the movie.

  3. Jade says:

    Boring as porridge as usual this woman…

  4. gg says:

    I love the ring. If it were mine I’d suck on it.

  5. Just me. says:

    When I was younger and someone VERY close to me passed away my friends and family were watching me like hawks, just waiting for my break down. The next time I dies my hair (which often changed from a rainbow of colors) my teacher had me talk to the counselor about how radical physical appearance changes are a cry for help. Two years later my mother insisted that a small tattoo was proof I had never recovered. It still comes up here and there, how my lack of freak out was a freak out in itself…
    I feel like this chick gets that same type of behavior aimed at her. If you watch ever move from every angle there is bound to be proof of some type of crazy on some level. Wouldn’t that be true of everyone?

  6. Hautie says:

    Again, no picture of the dang ring!

    I want to see a nice well lit picture of that ring.

    How in the world did People get this “exclusive” and not get a picture?

    And for the record. All parties of this triangle, play the game of one up with the media.

    Nothing is by chance, with any of them.

    So wave your judgmental finger at all three of them.

    While I am waving my finger at People, for not getting me a picture to see of that dang ring. I want to know if that is really a big cloudy diamond. Or a fancy quartz! :)

    • the original bellaluna says:

      I’ve seen it in better photos, but I can’t remember where. This pic is REALLY crappy, and not at all flattering.

      The ring REALLY doesn’t look that bad, though it’s way too large for my taste.

    • Emma - the JP Lover says:

      @Hautie, who wrote: “And for the record. All parties of this triangle, play the game of one up with the media.

      Nothing is by chance, with any of them.”

      How can you say that, when she waited nearly three months to ‘show’ her engagement ring until the week Brad Pitt was in the news with a new ad and a new film?? Remember how everyone kept wondering ‘why’ there weren’t any photos of her ring?

  7. ramona says:

    I don’t like diamonds that big. They always look fake to me, like they’re from the discount rack at Claire’s Boutique. I’d rather something smaller (and then spend the rest of the dough on a holiday).

  8. Eileen says:

    These two are about as interesting as watching grass grow.

  9. Sirsnarksalot says:

    Still no explanation as to why she took a few weeks to get around to putting the “totally surprise” ring on. She is just sad with how hard she tries. The fact that he is a willing participant in all this just kills any coolness or hotness points for him. They are both tools.

  10. pixiestyx says:

    Other things may have been planned to coincide with things Brad and Ang were doing but I don’t think the engagement was. Honestly when (or if) Brad and Ang get married its going to be HUGE news once the media finds out. Why would she want to compete with that?

  11. Liv says:

    As if she didn’t have a clue! The tabloids were speculating for months! Months!!

  12. Shoes says:

    Damn, I can’t believe Stephen Huvane convinced Ohyllis Theroux to give birth to Justin THE SAME weekend Brangelina was Rumored to be (not bit actually) married!

    C’mon, by the time they announced it on late Sunday, there had obviously been no wedding in France. What was there to “steal focus” from?

  13. dooliloo says:

    “It’s not a journey, every journey ends, but I go on.
    The world turns, yet you turn around me.
    Plans appear. Escape take over.
    But wherever I go, there you are, my envious, my greedy, my thunder stealer…

    Cuckoo Mademoiselle (Chanel). Inevitable.”

  14. loma says:

    It looks like a piece of beach glass. It looks like Justin went beachcombing, found a large chunk of glass and glued it to bright yellow wire.

  15. Christine says:

    Here are the questions I have: If she wants an engagement ring roll out, why not have better pics taken? We all know these were staged pics. Are you telling me that a photog can take a pic of Kate topless from a mile and half away, and the paps can’t take an in-focus, decent pic of a ring from like 10 feet away?

  16. sukie says:

    well i guess theroux should have had his birthday on another month lol

    the triangle is over…i really doubt any of them care about it, its only some fans that do.

    and blogs cos they know it get hits

  17. Ally says:

    Has a woman ever been so criticised?!! And yet, the strange thing is, her peers seems to love her. The power of the media.

  18. I'm going to Guam! says:

    Her face reminds me of a smurf troll.
    And when will she stop stalking the Jolie-Pitts!?
    She needs to stop with the botox, the yoga and the constant frying of her hair and get a life of her own that perhaps isn’t so superficial.
    I do feel sorry for her though because I don’t think that Justin dude is seriously into her, I think he is using her for fame and money.
    I get the Jen appeal because she’s “relatable” and makes average to plain ugly women feel good about themselves….seeing Jen on magazine covers and “sexiest woman of the year” makes them feel hot and wanted, it’s sad once you think about it.
    I do wish she’d focus on her strength which is the semi funny woman next door with soccer mom looks. She should go back to TV.

  19. LeeLoo says:

    As much as I don’t like Jen Aniston, I really do believe this was a coincidence in regards to the Brangelina stuff. I think it was to put the rumors that Jen and Justin were on the rocks or had broken up to rest. I also don’t buy that this was a surprise to Jen in any way or that she didn’t pick out the ring. But I think this had little to do with Brad and more to do with a shallow “look at me” publicity stunt after not being the center of attention for awhile.

  20. Piper says:

    More manipulation of the Americans minds!!!!!! Too bad no one cares! I’m not buying that Justin is anything more than a prop in Jennifer’s lame, pathetic, self absorbed world!

  21. mln76 says:

    I think people need to educate themselves on media and PR. She pays her publicist millions she’s a public persona she’s got a team of people handling her image OF COURSE she’s aware of what her ex is doing. The tit for tat has been going on both sides for years but whereas the Brange seems to have mellowed and calmed down especially since their engagement Aniston has escalated her behavoir…the announcement of the engagement as opposed to a confirmation after rumors leak or a ring spotted (huge difference) / the fact that her father seemed not to know about the engagement/the timing of the announcement right after the Olympics so as to garner the most attention and yes the fact that there were seemingly credible rumors of a Brange wedding….Kaiser wasnt the only one to remark on that nor Lainey but the Pro-Aniston sites like E!…now again Aniston emerges again with a ton of media yet nothing to promote (all these interviews in service for a commercial really????)

  22. Barbara says:

    She says he knows what I like!!! I have never never seen her wear big chunky rings, have you??

  23. spinner says:

    Jen has got a lot going on. She just finished her film, which seemed like a long shoot. She’s promoting & getting ready to roll out her campaign for Living Proof products & she just got engaged & is probably contemplating wedding plans. She’s very frickin busy!!

    • Emma - the JP Lover says:

      @Spinner, who wrote: “Jen has got a lot going on. She just finished her film, which seemed like a long shoot. She’s promoting & getting ready to roll out her campaign for Living Proof products & she just got engaged & is probably contemplating wedding plans. She’s very frickin busy!!”

      Jen didn’t ‘just get engaged.’ Just-Jen have been engaged since August. Justin ‘supposedly’ gave her this rock-o-luv when he got down on one knee and proposed. So why the deliberate hold off on actually displaying the ring (as in the picture above)?

      Angie and Brad had better elope or ‘not’ announce their wedding date, because Brad’s coattail-riding-ex is sure to try and capitalize on the publicity.

      Personally? I just can’t wait until Just-Jen ties the knot. Then she will finally be severed from Angie and Brad, and will have to make her own way in the world without that golden, pity-gilded sympathy card.

  24. Emma says:

    Ouch. She gave an exclusive interview promoting her engagement and is still shoved to the side. Even though I think she’s a huge PR famewhore, I’m surprised she’s directly talking about her engagement to a magazine. I guess she’s desperate.

  25. Nikita says:

    She was never a private person, she lives in the tabloids through her personal live. She gave those Vouge, Vanity Fair and Oprah interviews. She made her bed.

    Sandra Bullock is a private person.
    She could have done the same with Jesse James but she didnt. Cause she has dignity and class
    But not Jennifer.

  26. MrsBPitt says:

    I feel so bad for Justin’s ex, Heidi…can you imagine being with someone for 14 years, being cheated on, then, he gets engaged after being with the “new” girl for only a year, and its splashed all over the place so that every time you turn around there they are? Poor girl…

    • pwal says:

      I don’t know…

      On one hand, I feel sorry for her because her mother took up for Justin, which indicated her belief that the relationship was intact and the fact that Aniston and Theroux set up house a bit too quickly; on the other, Heidi has the benefit of not living in the spotlight and having the time to heal and get on with her life without the pity. And since it seems like she is not interested in parlaying pity into profit, the healing likely happened much faster.

      Plus, I think she’s laughing her @$$ off at the ring. I’m sure she came across rings like that during her styling assignments and know the occasion when jewelry like that can be worn to great effect and when it comes across as a try-hard.

    • Janet says:

      Heidi dodged a bullet IMO. She’ll find a much better man than Justin.

      • pwal says:

        My hope is that Heidi is okay (I think she is), but if I was her, I would’ve rolled my eyes at the Verklempt crap on Handler. Seriously… getting teary-eyed two months after the proposal? Especially since she was engaged two times before. Mind you, the tears may have been because Aniston was sooooooooooo touched by the audience’s response to her engagement. It would pluck my nerves that so many would hold Aniston’s connection to Justin in such high regard while Aniston didn’t do the same with Heidi and Justin’s connection.

    • Ginger says:

      I felt bad for her too for a second but then I thought…she IS better off without the DB.

      • Sugar says:

        I have peaked on HB’s twitter a few times off & on since the making of JustJen & for sure she is an authentic cool chick! she does her work, posts great fashion photos, gives shout outs to musicians playing in her city & seems to thrive in the behind the scene scene of movies or commercials she is working on.
        I can’t imagine what it’s like to see the tabloid opera her ex’s life has become she has to be doing some serious eyerolling over him @ this point & the lifeform it has taken since hooking up with Jennifer.

  27. BELLA says:

    Blah blah blah…..same old BS.

  28. skuddles says:

    First she says she didn’t know what she wanted for a ring… then she says she had NO idea he was going to propose. Uh huh, sure. And does she really expect us to believe he paid for it himself?

  29. Kukie says:

    You are not fooling anyone Jen, everybody knows you bought your own ring.

  30. Kendra says:

    I do not think Jen and Justin will ever get married. Her connection to Brad Pitt will end once , she becomes another man’s wife. I am not going to hold my breath for the wedding.

  31. Nicdesign says:

    Actually I believe he might have paid for the ring. He is a writer (little known fact), more so than he has acted and has written several very successful screenplays for blockbuster movies. I think he has enough of his own money, to have bought that ring.

    • lisa2 says:

      Look. really how much money do you think he made? The writer of a screen play is not paid any where near what the actors or even director is paid. They don’t make that kind of money. He is not an Eric Roth or Aaron S, or such. I’m not saying the man is poor, but why do people act as if he is making MILLIONS. Regardless of the money the film makes. He is not getting a back end or profit. Come on Someone wrote Paranormal too. it was huge. Does anyone know the writer’s name or how much they got. Bet not.

      • Nicdesign says:

        Lisa2, I have a family member who is a very successful screenwriter in Hollywood, and rest assured, they can make a ton of money, especially on ones that are blockbusters.

        Justin also directed a blockbuster movie, a few years back. So yes, it is VERY possible he had enough money to buy it all on his own!!

        Paranormal Activity was written and directed for a small amount of money, with no knowledge it was going to be a huge success.

        Writers can make a very lucrative income in Hollywood, if successful!!!!!

      • Nicdesign says:

        Oh and I would say Tropic Thunder (written and directed), Iron Man 2, Rock of Ages, and the 2014 upcoming Zoolander 2 probably helped him get rich.

      • lisa2 says:

        Like I said I was not implying he is broke. And for me if he is making all this money why is he not financing his own projects. Zoolander may or may not be made. It has been shelved and brought back at least a few times.

        I think the need to make it as if Justin is world renowned is my point. I get that he CO wrote several blockbusters. and yes co wrote is the correct word for some of the titles you mentioned.

        anyway not worth the debate anymore.

        Fine…Justin is super famous and is making millions upon millions of dollars. He is a script doctor (according to the JA fans) making 250,000 dollars per week.


      • ana says:

        Nicdesign, I’m interested, what was the blockbuster you’re referring he directed a few years ago, because he didn’t direct Tropic Tunder for sure.

      • Monica says:

        im curious to know the blockbusters as well Tropic Thunder cost 92mil just to make and made 188mil in total thats hardly a blockbuster the only “blockbuster” on his resume is Iron Man 2, Rock of Ages was a megaflop, and the only thing he directed was a movie called a dedication which made $250,00 worldwide, a majority of jen fans had to google who he was but then again they claim he makes 1 million dollars a month(from what? i have no clue lol)

  32. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    @Kaiser: I agree with you.

  33. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    I think it’s embarrassing for JA. Everyone knows she used to have Brad Pitt, and now she has Justin Whats-His-Name.

    Yes, I think Brad acted like a jerk when he dumped JA. But at least Brad got a family out of it, so it’s hard to argue with his motivation, even if his method stinks.

    But Justin dumped his long-time girlfriend (together longer than JA and Brad) for JA — and what exactly did he get out of it? A sugar-mommy. Doesn’t make him look any better than Brad. Plus, he always looks like he’s trying too hard — like a budget Tom Cruise. And that cheap-ass ring is butt-ugly.

    Sorry, but I think this whole relationship with Justin is an embarrassment for her. Even though I think she lacks talent and is not really attractive, I also think she can do better. Much better.

  34. Vesper says:

    @ Nicdesign

    I’m not sure what directing blockbusters u are referring to?

    Theroux has directed two movies: Documental (TV movie, 2011) and Dedication (2007). Dedication received mixed reviews. He is to direct Zoolander 2 in 2014.

    As for Theroux’s writing achievements, he wrote the screenplay for Zoolander 2. He also cowrote the following screenplays: Rock of Ages (2012), Iron Man 2 (2010), and Tropic Thunder (2008).

    I’d say his directing and writing achievements are relatively modest, to say the least.

  35. Jaxx says:

    Does that big, ugly chunk of quartz on her hand have even a bit of sparkle to it? It looks like a dirty rock and whatever whoever paid for it, it was too much. Why would anyone want a diamond so big that it looks fake and cloudy?

    Sure hope it looks better than pictured.

  36. annie says:

    Justin gave her a smaller ring which she did not like, she had to buy a new one, hence it took her a long time to show it.

  37. Runs with Scissors says:

    She told People magazine: “It was one of the sneakiest jobs I’ve ever seen. I had no idea.”

    Yep, he’s definitely proven himself to be one sneaky creep.

  38. RdyfrmycloseupmrDvlle says:

    I saw some people say she can do better. No. She cant. She really cant.

  39. boohoo says:

    It backfired!
    Poor Jen, she’s stuck with the engagement now haha! the sad n desperate thing was hoping to catch a ride with the wave of Brad & Ange’s marriage lol

  40. anom says:

    i think this engagement was a spur of the moment PR competition in her mind. now she is stuck with her no-name, short, balding loser.