Jennifer Aniston ‘has an ironclad prenup’ but the prenup talks were ‘intense’

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In 2013, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux had already been engaged for nearly a year. People were wondering if they would ever get married, or if they were even planning the wedding at that point. People Magazine was and perhaps still is Jennifer Aniston’s prefered mode of communication, and People ran a cover story about how their wedding planning was “delayed” because they were super, super busy and because… well, Justin wasn’t 100% into it, maybe. Around that same time, there were many anonymous sources claiming that Justin was wary of becoming Mr. Jennifer Aniston, and that Jennifer and Justin were having a hell of a time negotiating their pre-nup, and that they were both playing hardball. What I’m saying is that I’m positive they do have a prenup, but I’m not positive that Jennifer’s substantial assets are completely and totally protected. Now that The JustJen Divorce Experience 2018 is rolling through town, people are wondering about the prenup. Us Weekly has some info:

Jennifer Aniston’s fortune should be safe. The actress and Justin Theroux signed an “ironclad” prenup before they got married, a source tells Us Weekly.

“Jennifer has an ironclad prenup with Justin. It would be very hard for Justin to contest it. The prenup talks before the marriage were long and intense,” a source revealed to Us Weekly.

The source added, “Jen’s assets and Friends fortune are protected.” Forbes reported in 2017 that the Friends alum was one of the highest paid actresses of the year, raking in $25.5 million from acting gigs and endorsements. Theroux, meanwhile, just wrapped the HBO hit The Leftovers, which ran for three seasons.

[From Us Weekly]

“Theroux, meanwhile, just wrapped the HBO hit The Leftovers, which ran for three seasons.” That’s sort of a *sad clown noise*. Jennifer makes so much money from all of her side-projects, from Aveeno to SmartWater and her haircare line, Living Proof. She’s got that dry-eye thing too, I see those commercials all the time. My point? Jennifer is rich. Justin is… well, he’s well-off. I never thought “making a lot of money” was his biggest priority, but I also think that he played hardball as they negotiated the prenup. I’m not saying he’ll get half of her fortune or anything, but my guess is that she’ll have to write a check for low eight-figures to finalize the divorce AND sign a non-disclosure agreement.

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  1. Tiffany says:

    So Jorts signs a NDA while Jen will have free reign to talk about it in every interview. That’s bunk.

  2. tracking says:

    If I had “long and intense” prenup talks, I would not have gone forward with the marriage. Major red flag. As I said on another thread, she made him a household name and hugely increased his market value (he’s now repping Louis Vuitton in addition to acting in multiple movie projects). The thought of him going after her assets after such a short marriage is galling.

    • Bridget says:

      I can see both sides. And I can also see how the negotiations would be protracted – most of the money she makes comes from long term contracts that pre-date Justin. I can’t imagine that he’ll be seeing any of that money. But I can also see how weird that would be on the other side of the negotiations.

    • Midigo says:

      Exactly. Why did they marry? They never showed any sign of being particularly religious, or of planning to raise children together. Both with a solid career. They both had long relationship before. Why bother?

      • Carmen says:

        Image and the effing triangle. Brad and Angie had just married and she couldn’t bear to be left behind. Did you notice her engagement with that soapy quartz ring came hard on the heels of the other couple’s?

      • LetItGo says:

        Bingo and +1 @Carmen

        Dying at “soapy quartz.”

        It was so ridiculous how she copied them from the engagement timing, to weddings. What are the odds? That 7 years later Brad and Jennifer would get engaged at the same time practically to different people, and then marry in the same year?

        Who else remembers her weird PR stunting around the Brangelina engagement? It was said she thought Brad and Angelina’s marriage would happen soon after the engagement, but she was constantly being faked out. One time she thought it was imminent, the Brange nuptials, so she and Theroux got on a plan and made some quick weekender trip…to the Vatican!! Lmao it was hilarious. I’ve always believed had word come down that Brad and Angie had tried the knot they would have done same, only some place in ‘Europe,’ after having been blessed by the Pope. I bet that was the plan. Brad and Angie faked her out though. She and Justin weirdly came back 3 days later. That woman hardly flies anywhere and she goes to Italy for the weekend. Too funny.

    • QueenB says:

      Prenups are pretty straightforward: If you are the wealthy one get one, if you are the person with less power in the relationship do not sign one.

      • CL says:

        I used to think about it that way, but then I fell in lurve with a very rich man, and started looking differently. His former wife refused to sign a prenup, so she got seven figures and a very nice house, and he bitched a little bit, but not too much. He did tell me that he put off asking for a divorce because he was scared that he could lose his main house, which was his pride and joy.
        I decided that if we every got married, I would insist on a prenup, so that if we hit a rough patch and were trying to work through it, we would each know that we were staying together because we wanted to, not because we were scared of a financial battle.
        We broke up last year, but we got a very nice son out of the deal….

    • Sabrine says:

      I’m not sure why they got married in the first place. The usual reasons were not there and they seemed like an uncomfortable mis-match. They could have just maintained the relationship until the lust wore off and it died a natural death. Then it’s move on without all the legal hassles such as wrestling around with prenups.

    • milla says:

      His friend is scary terry. Major red flag number 2.

      Feel bad for her. He is gonna date some teens, yuck

      • tracking says:

        I had a hard reconciling how thoughtful and well-spoken Theroux seemed in interviews with the TR friendship. I don’t think any of his other friends were similarly sketchy. It just never seemed to fit so, yes, a red flag. The other red flag was his obvious vanity, though I thought he and JA were probably well matched in that regard. And obviously Pitt is similarly vain. She needs to go in a very different direction next time!

      • WMGDtoo says:

        This ain’t her first divorce. She knows how this all works.

      • SeitanWorshipper says:

        “how thoughtful and well-spoken Theroux seemed in interviews with the TR friendship.”
        - Getting coached in PR for interviews is a big part of their work. If your manager/PR team leaves gaps, the film/TV production marketers will step in.

    • lucy2 says:

      I don’t know how much weight I put in the “long and intense” thing, but she has a LOT of money from many sources, and property, so I can imagine it wasn’t a quick generic form.

      I agree with Sabrine there’s no reason for her to write him a check, let alone in the “low eight figures”. That’s ridiculous. They are both well off and have independent careers, there’s a solid pre-nup, both should leave the marriage with what they brought to it.

      I suppose they got married because they wanted to?

    • Izzy says:

      This. My cousin’s prenup took five months to negotiate. The divorce was very messy. And very expensive, despite the airtight prenup.

    • Tanya says:

      I’m not rich or famous, but my pre-nip talks were long and intense. There’s a lot to unpack about the value of unpaid labor as it pertains to raising a family.

  3. Loopy says:

    How much are they each worth? I think she paid for the house and most of their expenses. 2 years is not long I hope he doesn’t pull s Guy Richie on her.

  4. sparrow2 says:

    Girl is smart & bet she is well protected. They have no children & were only married 2 years. I don’t think Justin can make any kind of power grab at this point — as it should be. I wouldn’t write him a check — for what?

  5. Becks says:

    Is that picture from this year’s golden globes? no wonder they look so awkward.

  6. Bridget says:

    Most of her endorsements are from deals that pre-date her marriage. This isn’t Camille Grammar dragging Kelsey out of the gutter to get to work. She has substantial assets, but I would imagine most are protected. I agree with the prediction of the 8 figure payout – they don’t run in the same circle of friends, but overlap enough that they’d want to keep it civil.

  7. vanna says:

    Eight figures? Amber Heart had no prenup and only got 7 Mio. I doubt Justins going to get close to that.

  8. minx says:

    Lots of money changing hands for a short bi-coastal marriage. Were those joint red carpet appearances worth it?

  9. IMHO says:

    Standard 50/50 no fault state settlements – they split joint earnings throughout the time of marriage, he is entitled to palimony for roughly 15 months if he asks for it and he can haggle for some personal property acquired together i.e. vehicle, furniture, art etc.

    With no children and no impropriety (for the court of public opinion, courts don’t care) she doesn’t really need a prenup for a marriage this short. He has been working so his assets are in the pot too, I’d be surprised if it is 8 figures.

    • Felicia says:

      I’d be surprised if an NDA wasn’t actually part of the pre-nup myself.

      Earnings minus expenses during the time they were married. And any assets she bought during the marriage with money that she can prove came from something solely her’s prior to getting married get excluded as well. So say, she sold her old house, had the proceeds put into a bank account solely for those and then bought the new house with money from that account, the new house would also be excluded.

    • WMGDtoo says:

      In her divorce from Brad she kept her stuff he kept his. They sold the house and split the proceeds.. They were married longer. Had a prenup. So again she is not new to this horse.

  10. Lela says:

    I think this is sad, they were together a long time.

    • Jayna says:

      It is. Seven years is a long time, and no matter the reason, a breakup is painful. But it’s about a normal breakup time, seven to ten years, for celeb couples. Look at all the breakups in the past two years.

      But she still has Sophie and Dolly, her fur babies.

  11. BJ says:

    Well he can use whatever money he gets in the settlement on his new girlfriend and their baby on the way.

    Just kidding 😂 but I am sure one of the tabloids will write a story,” Poor Jen called Brad after learning about Justin’s pregnant 28 year girlfriend”

  12. @BitingPanda says:

    I hope it is. Everything about him screams entitled a$$hole. I wouldn’t be shocked to hear of him trying to get money out of her, as it didn’t seem actually being with her was his priority.

  13. Darla says:

    I think Jen is really smart, much smarter than generally given credit for, and my bet is she protected herself.

    But…I am around her age, and have a wide circle of friends, and my advice at this point is always the same: take it home but don’t marry it. Too many headaches, too hard to get out of. I don’t know why mature people get married.

  14. Svea says:

    Why should he be entitled to a penny? She made all her money before meeting him. As far as I can tell he took full advantage of her wide circle to friends to make an actual acting career for himself.

  15. LittlefishMom says:

    They have been mismatched from day one. She shoulda f*cked him and chucked him. Zero in common. They’re body language has always been so off. They never seemed truly “connected”, it always seemed like a business deal. She owes him nothing and he works. There were tons of red flags. At their age honestly why bother with marriage. It’s senseless.

  16. Michelle says:

    I think her fans would literally go after him with pitchforks if he went after any of her money.

  17. Kathryn says:

    He has enough money, to g o after hers would be such a douche move. Not that he isn’t a douche… Also, I agree with others, if pre sup negotiations were SO intense, one should question why?

  18. The Original G says:

    Well, for whatever it’s worth I have never really felt that we know who the real Jennifer Aniston is. I think she’s mostly been a confection constructed by her representation.

    He seemed to have been In a “I’m here when I’m here and not when I’m not ,” situation with Heidi Bivens for a very long time. That way of relating to a woman hasn’t seem to have changed since their marriage.

    I was surprised when They got married. I had just never felt that living on separate coasts with separate lives in separate homes had the makings of a really successful marriage. At least not what I would consider a marriage. I remember tons of posters here pooh-poohing that idea I’m saying that it was very modern and they were older and didn’t need to be on top of each other all the time. I thought they had the friends with benefits thing down pat.

    It just didn’t seem to me that they had thrown their lot in together and made a life that works for both of them at the same time. Of course that’s all speculation.

    The idea that she selling her house because they split, I think is a red herring. Jen and Brad and Ellen have made tens of millions of dollars flipping LA real estate and I can’t see why that would change just because she was married to Justin. Even though I’ve never really been a fan of hers I feel sad for her about this.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your comment. We don’t know anything about her. Everything out there is what they want us to think about her. That is how she got her endorsements. Does she have perfect hair? No. She gets lots of highlights and blowouts. It is very frizzy. Does she have the perfect body? She works damn hard to have it. Does she have great skin? She does fillers and has had plastic surgery on her nose and chin.

      Personally I think she had a troubled upbringing and no family to rely on. She is not educated. She rarely travels except to Cabo. Despite Justin being a hipster, he does seem to have a bit more substance. We have never seen them with Justin’s family in 7 years. He probably loves hanging out in the village with his artsy friends-chefs, writers, artists, etc.

      Nice she has lots of friends but they all seem like her. If she is happy great.

      The fact they are getting divorced so quickly is either a contractual marriage or just another stupid phony Hollywood hookup. All of her friends her divorced. Reese, Courtney, Jennifer Meyer. There are virtually no long term marriages in Hollywood. There is too much money, egos and phoniness.

  19. Sherry says:

    I suspect the prenup said, “You keep your stuff and earnings, I’ll keep my stuff and earnings and we’ll split any property we buy together 50/50.”

    He probably insisted that any money made during their marriage would be split 50/50. I think he’ll walk away from this marriage with a low 8 figure settlement.

  20. Darla says:

    Okay, I am in no way rooting for this, and I absolutely do not think for one moment there will be a Jen/Brad reunion. In fact, I think it’s more likely he and Angie would reconcile, though I don’t think that’s likely at all! So basically, no won’t happen. But imagine if they just wanted to troll the press, or one or both of their exes, or need publicity for a new film. And they just so much as had dinner together and got papped. OMG.

    But listen, to be clear, I think both Angie and Jen deserve better than Brad, and I am not team anyone other than team women. I just can see this happening and everyone exploding.

  21. jferber says:

    Russell Brand is way better than Guy Ritchie who, with no pre-nup, SWORE he wouldn’t take a penny from Madonna. Cut to the chase: he took 97 million dollars. The cad. In this case, Ritchie was the Material Guy. She trusted her heart and got burned.

  22. perplexed says:

    With the amount of money she has, she might as well have the arrangement that Oprah and Stedman have. That relationship has lasted throughout time.

  23. crazydaisy says:

    I would be really surprised if Justin tries to get money from Jen, or contest the prenup. Who does that? I would imagine that Justin Theroux has more class than such a person, not that I know anything other than he’s super articulate in interviews. I watched the Leftovers, and he is a very good actor. Also quite good looking in motion–as we’ve discussed on here before–in contrast to his icky still photos persona with the shoe polish hair, and all. He’s better known now thanks to the relationship and his TV success. He’ll be ok.

  24. mela says:

    I am 33 year old with a string of unsuccessful relationships with various hot loser men and let me tell you – Jen’s life of living on her mansion on the beach, doing yoga, going on beach vacations with her girlfriends, getting facials –which I formerly judged as shallow–sounds pretty dang GREAT to me right now after getting dumped the day after valentines day after 3 1/2 years together.

    I would pick her California life over living with this dude Justin in NYC any day – he is like a hipster cosplay character

    • ugh says:


      Her life is good. She’s filthy rich, has seemingly a great circle of friends, and is still a very attractive woman. (looking from the outside of course, we don’t know what her life is *really* like, but I hope she is happy).

      edited to add: mela, I am sorry!

      • mela says:

        I agree. Her life looks fantastic to me from where I stand. I think Jen looks fantastic for her age – she has had tweaks but pretty subtle. She looks great, has a great group of friends and here in California skincare and health/wellness/yoga is a common obsession/hobby as well so I think Jen is better off in California. I absolutely think Jen should get into the California yoga/health/wellness space because she LIVES it. I know she has talked about creating a wellness center (that sounded SO California! Not New York at all)

        Honestly – I look at her and think – does she really need a man at this point? I would just turn into a little yogi beach bum spinster if I were her and adopt a bunch of dogs and hang out with my amigas 24/7

        Also, thanks. My (ex) is a complete jerk and I’m better off.

    • Penelope says:


      She’s got a fantastic life–good for her!

  25. Dttimes2 says:

    I would say there will be breaking news about Theroux and sexual harassment perhaps via Uncle terry or on his own…whethet real or not id say she’s separating herself from potential fallout OR he got caught publicly cheating

  26. tracking says:

    So long as she gets to keep the Batemans and Kimmel, it’s all good, right?

    • Jayna says:

      Spot on. I adore Justin Bateman and want to be his friend, and I imagine his wife is great also.

      Jimmy Kimmel I now love after watching his emotional plea, at the beginning of his show, about guns and kids dying and calling out Trump after the Florida mass shooting.. It was amazing. I’m down with being friends with Jimmy and Molly. But was Jimmy close friends with Justin or Jen? I thought it was Justin. I know he officiated at their wedding.

      Justin gets to keep Terry Richardson, his hipster friend.

    • WMGDtoo says:

      Kimmel is Justin’s friend. has been for years. Kimmel knew Justin for a long time. Before Jennifer got together with him Kimmel used to make fun of her on his show. Kimmel was friends with Howard Stern. That is how he got into that friendship with Justin/Jennifer. so Kimmel will still be Justin’s friend more than Aniston.

  27. Jessica says:

    There is no way Justin is getting $10 million dollars for a 2 year marriage with a strong pre-nup. They only got married because he signed a strong one that she agreed with.

  28. Jayna says:

    Jen’s great love will always be her beloved Norman. She loves her Dolly, who is a beautiful big white dog, and now Sophie she got as a rescue puppy six years ago. But Norman was her little soulmate, I think. Dolly, a large breed, is about 13 right now. I hope she doesn’t lose Dolly anytime soon. I think I would just rather see photos and stories about celebs with their animals than as couples. The couples all seem to break up. Even George and Amal seem very happy, but I would rather see more of their three dogs, Einstein, Louie, and MIllie.

    Jennifer with Norman, who died at 15. He was a cute little fella. He was her longest-lasting relationship. I think I could love having a home on the beach in California and waking up and taking walks on the beach like Jen and Norman.

    • Jayna says:

      Oops, my mistake. They have four dogs Sophie, Dolly, and Clyde were photographed at Jen’s house And he is in NYC and was papped walking a pitbull or pitbull mix. Didn’t that angry neighbor carry on about his dog or dogs? Has that dog always been in NYC, or I wonder, is this the one he gets custody of?

  29. paranormalgirl says:

    My husband (attorney in the industry) said he would imagine Justin would get a low 7 figure payout, if anything. My husband and I have a prenup – we basically walk out of the marriage with what he went into it with, what he makes is his, what I make is mine, and we split any jointly held assets, including out joint account that is use for household/joint expenses.

  30. Karen says:

    Justin earned $75000 per episode for The Leftovers. He did The Girl on the Train. Emily Blunt would get the bigger salary. Maybe he got $2 million. Zoolander 2 voice- not much. Jennifer did Mother’s Day and Office Christmas Party plus her numerous endorsements. Forbes says she made $21Million in 2016 and $25 million in 2017. 50/50 State may mean Justin gets a chunk.

    • Jayna says:

      Why would he get a chunk? They had a prenup. I doubt that prenup said he would get half of her earnings for the period married. She’s not a fool. She made 25 million last year. She’s not giving him half. Her prenup would be very specific on what he could get for each year.

  31. tracking says:

    Rumor has it she had no-cheating and no-drugs clauses in the prenup. If true, and she has evidence, he might get nothing. Which is what I hope, since she did more than enough for this selfish jerk.

  32. Emilyv says:

    The made to look like faded cut-off jean shorts perfectly sum up his personality: poser.

    Photo assumption: Looks like thrift shop. Costed Jen $2500.

  33. Anare says:

    I understand the legal reasons for a prenup. Protect your vast estate, sure. But I cannot escape the bottom line: if you have to start planning your divorce before you get married why go there? Hang out and live your life. To paraphrase to great Joni Mitchell you don’t need a piece of paper from the city hall to keep you tried and true.

  34. DipsyTrodInThePuddle says:

    “The prenup talks before the marriage were long and intense.”

    Because they had to work out who would get custody of Joey, Ross, Gunther, David Lynch, Angelo Badalamenti, Billy Ray Cyrus, Co Co Le Noix, Central Perk, Winky’s, the English Trifle recipe, and that family of giant rabbits with the laugh track!

  35. Dee says:

    Neither one of them should be entitled to a penny of either earnings/income/fortune. They are both capable adults, no children were involved. Split the house they purchased together and that’s it. He doesn’t need alimony. FOR WHAT? Go be artsy and edgy.