Star: Justin Theroux & Petra Collins ‘have been carrying on for some time’

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The weekend following the big split announcement from Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston, The Sun published a very interesting story about the “rumors” about Justin’s behavior while he was being edgy and hip in New York. It was no secret that Justin had spent much of the past year living full-time in New York, all while Jennifer lived full-time in LA. It was no secret that Justin had (and has) a lot of friends in New York, and that he never gave up his edgy bachelor pad in New York. But what we didn’t know until then was that there were some rumors about Justin acting like a single guy for months, and that he had reportedly gotten very close to a 25-year-old photographer and It Girl named Petra Collins. In the weeks since, we haven’t heard much more about Petra and Justin. Until now. Star Magazine picked up the gossip thread!

Sources say Jennifer Aniston was devastated when she discovered her husband began seeing other women behind her back! Insiders say Justin began a relationship with Petra Collins, a willowy 25-year-old photographer and rising star on New York’s art scene.

“Justin and Petra have been carrying on for some time,” spills an insider. “He insists that they’re just ‘friends’, but he seems to be obsessed with her, and Jen isn’t buying it.” Jennifer feels like “this is like history repeating itself… she’s heartbroken and humiliated.”

Justin and Jennifer’s pals aren’t surprised by his apparent straying. Theroux has had no shortage of opportunities: he signed on for one overseas project after another, taking him as far away from Jen as possible for huge chunks of time. “Even when he’s back in the States, Justin has been spending most of his time in Manhattan, hanging out with all sorts of models, artists and designers, which is how he met Petra. While Jen was living in LA, Justin was partying it up like a bachelor – and was even telling people he was single. When Jen got word, she totally hit the roof!”

What Jen hadn’t heard was that Justin had become close with It Girl Petra after doing a sexy fashion photo shoot for her website. “They hit it off right away and no wonder. Petra is totally Justin’s type. She’s hip, cutting-edge and has a cool downtown vibe. She’s everything Jen isn’t.”

The insider adds, “He and Petra have gone out on cozy dinner dates and exchanged flirty messages on social media. They’ve actually been pretty brazen.” Just days before Justin and Jennifer announced their separation, he posted an Instagram with himself and Petra, clad in clingy, hand-painted tees, her hand resting provocatively on her chest, touching the breasts of an image of a nude woman. “Jen was embarrassed and appalled that Justin would flaunt his new relationship in this way,” hisses the source. “She deserves better.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

I’m including the shady Theroux Instagram below. I didn’t even look at it before now, but it’s true – he even tagged Petra’s account. So he posted a shady photo of himself and Petra just days before the separation announcement… and yet he didn’t post anything on social media for Jennifer’s birthday. I mean… I already knew that Justin had checked out a while ago. But damn, he really wanted OUT. He was doing some petty sh-t to force Jennifer’s hand, refusing to acknowledge her birthday, refusing to fly to LA to do a birthday pap stroll, and openly posting Instagrams with Petra. Very shady. Also: I’ve been trying to figure out the timeline for this. Petra absolutely photographed Justin last year for L’uomo Vogue – was that when it started? Hm.

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  1. Milla says:

    Read he wants some girl from bachelor… She’s like 12. Or 22 to 25… He’s a creep

  2. trollontheloose says:

    Bitch face much?

    • Rebecca says:

      Right?! Edgy and unhappy.

    • Tulip Garden says:

      What, no y’all just don’t “get it”! Petra turns from what could be acceptable westernized beauty (easily within her reach) because she is a deep thinker, an artiste with vision, a visionary thinker unencumbered by societal norms and expectations. Really, can’t you tell per artist hair, backwards clothes and nonchalant superiority thorough expression just how cool she is? Really it’s like some of you did not receive your copies of “anti-establishment, NYC cool: rules and regs”, *sigh*

      I pity y’all the book even came with a joint tapped to the cover and some Andy Warhol shizz on the cover. No rules and regs tho cause lame-o and hipster irony in book title!! Plenty of photos of cool shit tho like clothes and art no one else gets/likes. You know whatever, there is a reason you were not on the mailing list plus what with the books having to have been typed on a vintage Hanson Ball typewriter things are just naturally more exclusive.
      Well no sense in trying to connect tho you, plebes *sneer*

      :) Hope y’all enjoyed

      • Hazel says:

        That was great, Tulip Garden!🤗 I, however, got the limited edition book, which came with a box of chocolate covered edibles. And a puppy.

      • Tulip Garden says:

        @Hazel, special edition, uhh, well I, um, my, *ffft*

        Anyway I am sitting at a Hole in the Wall, the cafe in the village sipping on my double Macchiato Expresso and chowing on some hand-breaded, sea salted, Um fucking big ass pretzels while alternately thumbing threw my new, actual book that I got at that tiny place in Manhattan, Dustmites Seeking Re-Homing, about the only place to buy vintage volumes now anyway ( you’ll know if you’ve ever been there cause, the customer’s Polaroids of their tattooed genitals are on the front wall at the register: I’m second row, 3 from the left just below Kristen Stewart, beyotch got there before me, jk, jk) I mean one Polaroid and tattoo required with first purchase really keeps out the wannabes. I mean if that’s not your bag, there always Amazon or Barnes and Noble but I doubt you’ll find, um, “a treatise on 16 th century medical practices that led to insanity and deformity”, need i say the drawings are truly astounding.
        Anyway, where was i? Right, flipping thru the book and planning this evening where the bartender/poet here tells me there is a little known gallery covering “Empowerment of Women Thru Nudity” tonight. I may even be featured as my bush is exceptionally homegrown and untrimmed, au natural as it should be. Itched like a motherfucker growing out but, well I’m sure you know. So anyway, um , got to pop back here behind the bar and slide out of some of this gear: gonna leave on the black framed glasses, combat boots, and granny panties (fur sticking out) and a couple of hollowed out lemons on my nips, I mean this is about empowerment, amirite? Ferdinand, the poet/bartender, can have Crude-y(professional name), the gallery featured artist here in no time to draw, snap, clay mold or whatever the he’ll he does in a jiffy, then we stop at by his Pops place, grab the Bentley and his scarf and watchman’s cap (either Crude-ys or Ferdinand, idk) and had out to the opening.
        Hope to see you there,…..you know, if you know where I talking about. Hope to see you and that edition if you’ve got it.
        *purses lips, pouts and begins to disrobe as someone, maybe Crude-y walks in

      • KBB says:

        She is wearing a shirt with a naked woman on it, after all. You don’t get edgier than that.

      • tracking says:

        I actually like her look in general and find her striking (if pretentious) but that “cool girl” tshirt made me do a hard eye roll.

      • magnoliarose says:

        You are making me smile Tulip.
        Notice how Justedge has de-oranged himself? He’s has to get rid of his LA fake bake and get nice and pale and hopefully look like he has the beginnings of tuberculosis.

        I am just wondering when little Basquiat Williamsburg takes his/her first breath. I need to see some progress as in a bump watch. Terry has babies so he needs one too. Petra might be down with the idea. She can get some “provocative” material out of it.

    • Olive says:

      I hate to defend her but it feels like pointing out “resting bitch face” is like telling women to smile, which you do not do. Women do not need to alter their natural facial expression to look more pleasant for others.

    • Lisa says:

      I think Brad and Paul cheated but Joanne accepted it and Angie probably had her thang going on

    • Anastasia says:

      Rude much?

      The first thing I thought when I saw this picture of her was “at least she doesn’t look boring.”

  3. RBC says:

    The other shoe has dropped. Now how long before the rumours about Justin and Petra wanting to start a family begin? I say by late spring

    • ORIGINAL T.C. says:

      Children are low on the list. The breakup story was boring because the “poor Jen” narrative is worn out and Justin is not in “hot guy” territory for non-Aniston fans to care. The media needed either Brad Pitt to come back into the picture (hot guy) or they needed another beautiful young woman to play off Jen (the Angie replacement).

      This woman is young and nice looking but not in the Angie territory of beautiful. However, her youth will make her good fodder as the one to hate “for stealing another woman’s man away”. Women will love hating on her and the tabs can cash their paychecks. Who knows if it’s actually true. It could be a PR opportunity for him just like marrying him was for her.

  4. Megan S says:

    That green dress is odd, like if her head did a 180 I can totally see that being the backside of the dress. Even the cut out looks like it could be lower back.

  5. Pedro45 says:

    Wow. As my late mother would have said, she looks like a pill.

  6. Who ARE these people? says:

    Never have I been less embarrassed about being conventional and whatever is the opposite of hip.

  7. Hazel says:

    Do you think they talk about how edgy they both are?

  8. anna222 says:

    We look at Terry Richardson and think predator and I bet Justin looks at him and thinks life goals.
    But sure, having an affair with a woman half your age is super edgy.

  9. Leppdaved says:

    Didn’t they say they had been living apart for over a year? That this seperation was done way back?
    What’s the point in living so far from one another when Hollywood marriagestars don’t work out living together let alone apart.

    • Sophia's Side eye says:

      Isn’t that what celebs usually say when there’s been cheeting involved? Back date their separation because they know new info will come out. Then they can say, we were on a break!

    • Heat says:

      That’s exactly what I came in here to say.
      It was stated that they were separated for quite a while. I don’t think there’s any back-dating going on, because it seems like both camps are saying the same thing.

    • KBB says:

      She was in New York with him in October and he was in Los Angeles with her in July, so it definitely hasn’t been a year. I think they were probably living separate lives for awhile, but they were still together. I’m guessing they officially separated shortly after their trip to Mexico for New Years.

      That being said, I don’t think affairs are a dealbreaker for Jennifer. She supposedly told Brad to do what he had to do to get Angelina out of his system. I think she’s fine with it as long as the guy is discreet.

  10. midigo says:

    he definitely has a pattern of behaving like a gentleman with his exes.

  11. Lizzie says:

    this bitch is so edgy she doesn’t need eyebrows. i’m not a jennifer anniston-stan by any stretch but he reeks of poseur douche having a mid-life crisis.

    jen just needs to take a page from her characters in “she’s the one” and “friends with money” and ditch these pretty hollywood boys. girl – just find a normal late-middle aged guy who wants to lay in cabo with you – he’s out there.

    • Annabelle Bronstein says:

      See I just don’t think she could date someone not in the industry. In theory, Justin seemed like a good fit because he’s an experienced actor who (she thought) was too serious to use her for fame. Maybe Reese will introduce her to a ‘normal for Hollywood’ guy like she found.

      • KBB says:

        Ever since Brad, she’s been attracted to guys that are terrible for her. Guys that are just as inflexible as she is. She needs someone who wants the same lifestyle she does or another chameleon like Brad.

        I don’t think she’s high maintenance, but she isn’t ever going to change her lifestyle. A Hollywood agent would probably be right up her alley because they’re used to catering to and serving celebrities. Or she could date someone otherwise celebrity-adjacent like Sandra’s guy or Gabriel Aubry, someone who wants the lifestyle she has.

      • lunchcoma says:

        That’s kind of what I was thinking, KBB. She lives in Los Angeles. There have to be some entertainment lawyers or managers around who think a life of sitting by the pool next to her sounds pretty fun.

  12. roses says:

    It’s Star magazine so I will take it with a grain of salt. Bottom line is they never should have gotten married in the first place. Lesson learned for both I hope and so now they can both move on!

  13. Jayna says:

    More like a budget “it” girl. She’s nothing special. But it is Star Magazine, so probably made up the story to go with a photo on his instagram.

  14. Sullivan says:

    I don’t get how that Instagram post is shady, but whatever. Dude wanted out. Why would Aniston want to be with someone who obviously didn’t want to be with her? They’re both better off single.

    • KBB says:

      I don’t think she necessarily wanted to be with him in the traditional sense. If she did she would’ve made a lot more effort to spend time with him. I think she wanted marriage in name only. She was fine living separate lives because she didn’t want the sad sack single Jennifer stories.

  15. Leppdaved says:

    Just saw her site from your link. It girl? Not my type of work. It seems 1 dimensional, as if she’s trying for the 70′s vibe,dirty camera & every celebrity shares the same dead look.

  16. Darla says:

    I didn’t get the “edgy” but then I saw the bandaid.

    …and I was blown away.

    • Tulip Garden says:

      Is it me or isn’t the band aid finger, Petra ‘s finger? I think Justedge has his arm around her but the hand touching her shirt is her own.
      Also, I hope Justedge isn’t heartbroken when he realizes that he is one giant skinny Jean clad cliche wrapped in THE most common archetype of middle-aged man out there, leaving wife for someone twenty years younger. Wow, the edge on this guy! He’s going to set the hipster world on fire with his totally unconventional new partner and lurve…..or he is going to look like every third guy in the middle of chasing young tail because they “get” him unlike his age appropriate, call you on your b.s. wife.
      *eyeroll, snort, eyerow* ————-shakes head, laughs

      Oh Justedge, you are good for some laughs. As the Joker would say, “why so oooooo serious?” And I would add, ” you are seriously a douche paddling your douche canoe to Pathetic Island to challenge the reigning King Asshat for supremacy. I don’t know who that is right, now? Anyone else know? Could be Tommy Lee, Mary J. Blege’s ex, Jesse Williams, Tyres Gibson, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Jude Law ( a multiple victor),Ryan Phillippe, idk, I haven’t been keeping up with the latest semi-finals but I have a feeling Justedge could topple the leader and take the Douche Crown (designed by Mel Gibson and other much older and former Crowned Douches). I think it is made of the tears of wives/girlfriends, used condoms , with a paper mache base made of restraining orders, std lab results, and the whatever/whoevers gross bodily fluids that fell from them during their anointing!
      Well, as usual, it is quite the contest, can’t wait to see if Justedge takes that crusty Crown.

      • magnoliarose says:

        @Tulip Garden

        Lol. The scuzzball club. Jared Leto and Joaquin Phoenix needs to be there. Johnny Depp. Casey Afflicted. Kevin Costner.
        I want to tell my Costner story sometime but I need to ask the person if I can. I’ll just say I can’t think of him without knowing how single minded he is when he sees what he wants.

      • Tulip Garden says:

        I fell like your list of contenders is strong! Justedge may have to resort to wearing his cut-offs and Biker boots together to have a fighting chance. I mean Leto could break out all the stops and bring it method style with Joker hair/teeth/tattoos and, worse yet, his own clothing!!!! Could be a very long duster covering a kilt and fringed western-style top with, *tremble Justedge*, his Band for support!
        Should be better than the Olympics, especially the costumes!
        I’ve read some Costner stories and vi detest him!!! Always have. *hork*

      • KBB says:

        The article says it’s her hand on her chest. The nails are painted and it’d be physically impossible for it to be Justin’s hand. I’m guessing there’s no cut under that bandaid.

      • Tulip Garden says:

        @KBB,
        Aaaack, I misread! Glad I did though cause no wound under band-aid is giving me life!*cackles*

      • Sam says:

        did justin Theroux personally leave u. There’s some weird ax-grinding goin on here

    • Janet Osteen says:

      “Justedge” is an amazing moniker for Justin.

  17. BaBaDook says:

    Am I the only one who gets mad when a prominent figure they like (I’ve followed Petras photography since we were both teens – I thought she was pretentious but mostly cool) dates someone lame? Like, girl I thought you were better than that.

  18. Rapunzel says:

    I believe this. I know it’s Star, but it explains why Justin was flooding the mags with stories of how bored he was and how boring Jen is… It was him trying to hide this. Also, this explains why Jen’s peeps leaned into the “poor Jen” narrative lately. They knew this would come out.

    • magnoliarose says:

      I bet she was helping shape the narrative too. People like her think people like JA are beneath their contempt. Petra would never want her life and wouldn’t envy one thing about it. I am sure she made sure to frame it that way to him too.
      Now I have to think back to if it was her I saw with him. I am going to ask the person I was with and see.
      Even if he is with Petra, he has been hitting on models and trying to hook up.

      • Annabelle Bronstein says:

        I think you’re right.. . Always ask who benefits? I feel like Petra (with an assist from Justin) was probably the source of a lot of those ‘Boring Jen’ stories post-split. It’s great to raise her profile. This could actually get interesting.

      • magnoliarose says:

        The stories seemed odd and trying to prove a point. As if she was trying to be a bit vindictive. It seemed off brand to be that insistent. She knew just where to land her punch too considering JA’s history.
        The photo of them together on IG is no coincidence. Someone her age would believe in the power of the social media messaging.

      • Annabelle Bronstein says:

        @magnoliarose I didn’t notice the IG post at first… wow. She even put “takeover” meaning she had his phone and posted it herself. Petra seems both savvy and really thirsty… she’s clearly using him for his tangential fame. Justin is a fool.

      • KBB says:

        Petra probably wants fame in the same way that Justin does – they want to be famous and pretend they hate it. They probably bonded in their mutual thirst for and performative disdain of fame.

  19. Kita says:

    In some pictures of Petra Collins, she looks like she could be Heidi Bivens’ younger sister, when Heidi had blonde hair. I think Heidi is conventionally prettier, but Petra would be classed as “edgier” I am sure.

  20. Deanne says:

    Well he cheated on Heidi with Jen so why Jennifer would be shocked is beyond me. I’m sorry, but the whole “she’s everything that Jen’s not” is an incredible insulting comment. He left his long time girlfriend for Jennifer and married her. Why? She is who she is. If he found her so damn vapid, why marry her? This new piece looks like a person in one of those Victorian death photos. I’ve never been an Aniston fan and don’t buy her “poor Jen” narrative, but he seems to want her humiliated and he’s clearly a total asshat.

  21. Erin says:

    I know this girl thru artist friends and she really just strikes me as a famewhore, not really an artist. She’s pretty much known for her own nudity in her art as “provocation” and that’s how she got famous to begin with. She’s been trying at it for some time and I’m sure she just saw this wannabe edgelord and jumped right on it.

  22. Lilith says:

    Why does he look like a beaver all of a sudden? I think he may have put fillers in his cheeks.

  23. Eric says:

    Some It Girl. Looks like Viggo and Carrottop had a love child.
    Gross.

    • Ada says:

      Petra is too cool for Tightpants Tryhard Theroux the ‘Edgy.’ How many here actually know her work? Just because someone doesn’t fit your idea of attractiveness doesn’t mean they’re not talented. Also it’s clearly his team pushing this ‘downtown it girl’ label, all of which is cringe.

  24. Digital Unicorn says:

    Oh yeah, she just as much as an ‘edgy’ and ‘arty’ poseur like him. She has a vibe of ‘strung out struggling art student’.

  25. smee says:

    I think your reading of how this went down is correct – it was over for a while, Jen wanted to control when and how it was officially announced and he got sick of waiting. Blew off her BD and posted pics of (one of) the women he’s involved with atm………

  26. Cannibell says:

    She looks like a wannabe try-hard version of my bonus daughter Ivy, who has more “it” and “edge” in her pinky fingernail. I’d post a photo, but just imagine a petite, tattooed men’s hairdresser/amazing writer with upswept dreads and a smile that doesn’t quit because she’s got nothing to prove.

  27. Maya says:

    Ok I am breaking my promise to write this single comment.

    Karma just showed poor little Rachel (I mean Jennifer) that everything you do, comes right back at you.

    Jennifer presented Justin as her boyfriend 6 months before he split up with Heidi to the “Five” movie crew. She even posted pictures of her and Justin (taken by predator Terry R) days after Justin threw Heidi out of their shared apartment.

    And all of the other things Jennifer did to other women, karma has a lot in store for her…,

  28. Liberty says:

    According to a New Yorker article from 2016, she is from Toronto, daughter of a lawyer who owned a shop called Legs Beautiful, and his “young Hungarian refugee” sales clerk who he married. At age 16′ she moved in with her 30 year old boyfriend and lived w him the last two years of high school.

    Sounds like Uncle Terry and Cousin Justin territory. Edgy edgy people.

  29. B n A fn says:

    He left Heidi after 14 years without telling her he was seeing JA. Heidi mother told the ny post Heidi was blindsided. She thought Justin and JA were just friends not lovers. JA should have remembered that’s his MO.

    • willowisp says:

      He got what he came for: a better career. I am still not convinced they were legally married. I wonder if he didn’t know he wasn’t legally married and Jen decided not to file the paperwork to protect her assets. It’s possible. I wouldn’t blame her, given she already had trust issues and this guy is the thirstiest and didn’t seem to have any special regard for her. Aside from the way he did Heidi, recall the early photos and he’s holding an umbrella over himself and leaving Jen out in the rain. He is no gentleman.

    • Kosmos says:

      I just think that Justin is the type to move on and not the type to marry and settle down to an LA life at all. He knew this about himself already. He and NY are forever. He prefers NY women because he has more in common with them. Not really sure why he latched onto Jen and not sure why she thought this would work, hmmm. I still like Jen and I think it was a bad deal for her, and I do blame Justin for pursuing the relationship, and then moving on, which he is so good at. Petra will become history, too, but I would guess that he enjoys spontaneous, short-term, unpredictable living that never gets boring. He never wanted what Jen wants, so WHY? I think maybe he likes the challenge of being able to snag a high profile actress, but too bad–I hope the next woman will think twice about getting involved with him. He’s really no prize anyway.

      • magnoliarose says:

        He’s shown who he is to the world. Any woman who gets involved with him can’t claim to be blindsided or shocked when he cheats and proves to be a faithless weasel. Few of us ever get this kind of evidence beforehand so I won’t pity the next one who jumps in and he repeats his patterns. It will hurt, and that sucks but that is how it goes.

  30. minx says:

    Well, if it’s true it’s not surprising. JA stans–and JA–tried to make this guy into some kind of dream husband and he wasn’t.

  31. LadyT says:

    Positive ID in the Instagram photo. Squirrelly pistol necklace is visible.

  32. Luca76 says:

    Ok Justin is a pretentious jerk but were they ever actually married?
    Has either contacted a divorce lawyer?
    If not then I can completely understand why he’d push to go public with a breakup since there’s nothing legally binding them.
    (That doesn’t mean I don’t think he cheated)

    • Felicia says:

      Aniston didn’t file for divorce for something like 3 or 4 months after she and Pitt split. And then it went very quickly and smoothly, probably because they nailed down all of the details before actually filing. It doesn’t seem unreasonable to think that maybe this one is being handled the same way.

      • Luca76 says:

        Yes but TMZ has come forward saying that they couldn’t find a marriage license. That they might not really be married. In that context how do you divorce someone you’re not really married to?

      • Tulip Garden says:

        @Luca,
        You wouldn’t divorce if you weren’t married. I don’t see Jen replying to TMZ, or anyone else. If they were married, it makes sense too hash out the details in private, file later, and minimize publicity. So really, only time will tell. Also, by the time they file, if they file, all of this will probably have blown over in favor of “remain friends” b.s. because it is better for both of them. Goop has really made that attractive as has the Affleck-Garners and those couples have children into the mix so if they can do it despite whatever went wrong with their marriages then Jen and Justedge would be smart to issue a “friends” statement when divorce happens and, happily, avoid each other thereafter.
        Or, if never married, they can hope that people weren’t super invested in them as a couple so folks may not care if they ever married or not. Plus, those invested were probably so on behalf of Jen and if they weren’t married it may be easier for her to extricate herself and her fortune which , in retrospect, would show good judgement but I don’t think that happened. They probably really married. More is the pity in the light of the length of the marriage and Justin’s clear anti -pathy for Jen, Her friends, her lifestyle, California, Hollywood, and whatever else is he has benefited and tired of.
        We may know within months, I guess

      • Luca76 says:

        But the point of the TMZ article was neither one had retained a high profile attorney unlike the divorces you mentioned …so how are they hashing anything out?tmz is sleazy as hell but Harvey knows his legal info.

      • Tulip Garden says:

        Don’t know, Luca, either there are no attorneys because there was no marriage. Maybe, the marriage was so short with no shared children, perhaps a pre-nup, and very little joint owned assets to dispute. Could be the Only thing they want a attorney for is discretion and if they spoke that would not be discrete. They could just be using a mediator. These attorneys may be getting paid to do very little except be quiet plus they’ll be known if the papers are ever filled or if it gets contentious so a win for them whoever they are in any case. Good professional behavior. They would get more business from this maybe even from one of these two in the future.
        Then again if nothing is filed, we will automatically know the deal. I just think a few months might tell the tale.

      • KBB says:

        What TMZ means is that neither has hired Laura Wasser

      • Tulip Garden says:

        Wouldn’t not having to hire Wasser be a good thing? No need for big guns? Maybe even, blech, I’ll pay you according to the pre-nup, c-raze-y if she didn’t get one, plus what I’ll save in attorneys fees and we keep our own pre- marital assets (with improvements) with no exchange of fees outside of what the pre-nup spells out.
        Wouldn’t that look better for the hipster than going after her money and better for her for paying for her mistake in whatever way they decided pre-wedding?
        Look I’ve no idea if they actually married except it would be so stupid to pretend you did if in fact you did not. I would assume there were issues there which suggested a marriage was unwise and a fake divorce might be necessary and infinitely harder to carry off.
        Agreeing with Olive’s horses below. It’s the simplest, most rational exp!anation which is usually a good idea of what actually happened.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        TMZ is not the be all and end all when it comes to divorces. ***As far as THEY know*** lawyers haven’t been retained, but there is a lot they don’t know. Discussions can take place, plans can be made, without documents being filed in the courts.

        I’ve known about divorces that were being arranged more than a year before the public (including TMZ) knew about it. The public just has to accept that we don’t know what is going on. The idea of a “they aren’t really married” story would make for fun gossip, but it is just something TMZ is putting out there to get clicks.

      • KBB says:

        What Tiffany said is what i was getting at. It’s possible they’ve just hired lawyers that don’t leak to TMZ. I’m sure there are a couple of those in Los Angeles.

      • citney says:

        @Felicia

        Brad gave JA a date to file by, or he was going to file, she waited till the afternoon of the date given. Brad’s attorney’s were all set to file on the same day.

        JA will wait till the last minute again to file, but then tiny legs Justin might not be as much of a gentleman as Brad and file on her.

    • Carmen says:

      If you aren’t married there’s no need for a divorce. And nobody seems to be able to locate their marriage license, or even verify if a license ever existed.

  33. SammySushi says:

    Petra is the director of Selena Gomez’s ‘edgy’ Fetish video.

  34. Southernbelle824 says:

    Heroin. She is notorious on the scene for heroin. Justin was sober. He has relapsed.

  35. Tracy says:

    All 3 are under Lighthouse Management, owned by Aleen Keshishian who is one of Jen’s best friends.

  36. Frosty says:

    I’m gossip grateful that Petra is not in entertainment or a “model,” so unlikely to become a fixation. I bless this union – to anonymity.

  37. Paisley says:

    Justin checked out of that marriage long before Jen knew it, or maybe wanted to accept it. It’s cruel the way he handled it. If there’s a next time, she needs a man based out of Los Angeles.

    • KBB says:

      Jennifer seems to never see the end of a relationship coming. She’s either got serious blinders on, or she holds on to the relationship even when she knows it’s over. I think it’s more the latter. Where most people would cut their losses and be done with it, she holds on for as long as possible. I think it’s more driven by her dislike of change than any lingering romantic feelings.

      • citney says:

        @KBB

        I believe the reason she held on to the marriage with Brad, even though he had been wanting out for at least a year or more was the prestige of being Mrs. Brad Pitt. Also that was probably the reason she told him to go ahead and have an affair with Angie, just as long as she could stay his “wife” in name only. Thank goodness Brad had the decency to tell her he could not do that, also the fact Angie had left the country and he wanted to go after her and convince her to have a romantic relationship spurred on his need for a divorce as quickly as possible.

  38. Sarah says:

    I actually think she’s very pretty, love her hair and cheekbones
    I think Jen’s PR planted the edgy thing

    • The Original G says:

      It certainly serves Jen’s brand image. She’s not a scary urban hipster’s wife anymore – she’s the girl next door frosting her hair,using her Aveeno and eyedrops, drinking her water and keeping her mini-van mom cred.

  39. Sarah says:

    Welp, if Justin wanted to be the pretty one in his new relationship, he succeeded :)

  40. mannori says:

    I’ve been observing her social media behavior for a while ever since the rumors started and I can say this: she’s LOVING the attention she’s getting. She knows it and as usually arty hipsters posers do, she would never admit it and will says he hates it , but you san tell how much she’s loving it.

  41. Pandy says:

    She looks like an addict. An edgy addict. So hip!

  42. Cky says:

    There should be a drinking game in here about how often the word edgy gets thrown around.

  43. Carmen says:

    I love the phrase “carrying on”. There’s something so deliciously naughty about it.

  44. Megan says:

    Is that really Justin in the header photo? Something about the face is just…not quite right?

  45. CairinaCat says:

    This is a gossip site.
    That’s what we’re doing

  46. Olive says:

    Is that photo of him recent, like post-split? He seems to have stopped tanning and looks better. Less orange, less injections, less GROOMED. Dare I say less LA? ;)

  47. Shannon says:

    EWWWW. The douche is STRONG with this one. With Brad Pitt, I figured it was honestly just a situation of they grew apart and sh!t happens. But this is like, next-level gaslighting. Jen, go forth and be rich and drink mojitos and consider yourself blessed & saved from this skinny-jean wearing douche lord.

  48. BostonStrong says:

    I don’t understand why JA got married to begin with! They didn’t have anything in common. They never seemed that hot for each other. If I was JA and had her money, I would never get married. If I fell in love, I would just live with the guy. It’s not like that’s taboo, anymore.

  49. Saywhat says:

    Wow. What an epic amount of hate for a this girl. For all we know, he told her it was over with his wife. For all we know, it WAS over with his wife. But I get going after the ‘other woman’ for stealing a married guy. What I don’t understand is why anyone would be angry at this girl for being a popular, by all accounts hard working artist. Her stuff is hit or miss for me, but the hits show real talent.

  50. Svea says:

    She reminds me of Aniston. Uggh. Same old story. Being a cliche is the opposite of edgy. Puer nation.

  51. willowisp says:

    Need the receipts. I don’t believe these two were ever legally married.

  52. Apple says:

    Jen has always been insecure and needs the hottest guy in the room to make her feel validated. From, Brad to John and Justin. Unattainable men that will eventually leave her. I hope with Jen turning 50 soon she can just be content with her chicken salad, mansions and Cabo vacations.

    Love yourself Jen A!

  53. The Original G says:

    You can like Petra or not – but criticising her because she works hard to be arty, famous and trade on her look seems silly. That could describe Jennifer. She’s parlayed a lucky sitcom gig and an A-list former husband into a career of unambitious if financially successful films, modest product endorsements and real estate flips. It’s not like she’s some transcendent artistic talent either.

    • A says:

      I don’t criticize her because she works hard to be arty, I criticize her because her art is bad. I mean, endless pictures of skinny waifish white girls with slip dresses and their legs spread, taken in bad neon pastel lighting? Hardly groundbreaking stuff here.

  54. Shasha says:

    I’m curious if she’s transgender?

  55. Bliss 51 says:

    Is she so edgy she’d qualify to be a Plaster Caster? Mmm, probably not.

  56. A says:

    I have nothing to say about this except [fork stuck in a garbage disposal noise]. Which is, coincidentally, also how I feel about Justin Theroux and his edgy pretentious artist type.

    Him and Ewan McGregor should form a gentleman’s club. Ben Affleck and Brad Pitt could be members.

  57. Jessie says:

    Go ahead and hate on Justin all you want, but I’m a “millennial” who loves Rookie mag and have known about Petra for years because she was affiliated with it. And Rookie is pretty damn revolutionary for young girls–the website I wish I’d had when I was a tween. She’s a cool person, and a huge feminist. I really like some of the things she has to say, check this out for instance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeBZ1KYmIew. To hate on her for her looks or assuming she’s “rich” is really diminishing. She is an amazing photographer and her cool aesthetic got her jobs with people like Selena Gomez. Anyway, had to say something–cause I actually know who she is.

    • willowisp says:

      Revolutionary, how? Like in a Frederick Douglass sense? Or Lucretia Mott? Or Thomas Paine? Or Robespierre? Do tell.

      • Ada says:

        Oh yes! The word revolutionary can only be literally applied to political revolutions. No colloquialisms allowed! That’s the kind of semantic nitpicking we need. But don’t worry, Petra Collins will be doing the web design for the inevitable merger between Rookie and Jacobin Mag.

        @Jessie. Ugh on the comments on here. I don’t love all of Petra’s work, but she has a distinct style (I always recognize her stuff in editorials, much like I can tell when Ryan McGinley has shot sth). And the whole millennial gaze insta-movement is kind of lovely as a whole? Not sure why we need all these criticisms about her looks just because Justin is being pretentious in his media spin on the divorce. She’s not his publicist.

      • A says:

        ^ Thank you. I’m a “millenial” also and I can name a lot of young-ish artists in her age range who I feel are doing much more profound and inspiring work who don’t get as much of the spotlight as she’s been lucky enough to get. At best, her work is average among her peers. But it didn’t move me or

        As for her feminism–she seems like a typical white girl from my age group. Her “wokeness” seems shallow at best.

      • A says:

        @Ada, not knocking the millenial gaze insta-movement on my part. I do think there’s a generation gap at work and a lot of folks have an instant aversion to insta-anything. Some of it comes from a place of legit criticism about the function of Instagram, and then there’s just wholesale dismissal of the platform which is unfair.

        However, she’s hardly the epitome of the millenial gaze insta-movement, nor is she its finest photographer. That’s just my opinion, I find her work generic. It’s revolutionary for a few things, but she stands out because she’s found a degree of mainstream success that a lot of other, more talented people haven’t.

      • willowisp says:

        I’m a parent to a millennial and I think there’s a lot of fantastic art being made out there, and I have nothing but love for your generation, but Petra Collins is by no means revolutionary.

    • magnoliarose says:

      I don’t believe generations have anything to do with it since the people giving her the higher profile aren’t millennials. I am a millennial, and I find her work derivative and trite. Other people have been doing this style forever.
      People who want to feel and believe they are avant-garde or outsider can be the biggest sheep in the world. Once something is declared the “thing” then no one wants to admit they hate it because they fear being considered pedestrian. Art-damaged scenesters who think they have made some discovery because they don’t know anything about the history of the medium. I would take a soccer Mom from Topeka’s opinion more seriously because it would at least be honest. She won’t pretend to think it is genius if she doesn’t think so.

      She is like all those late 70s/early 80s artists who became art stars but faded away, and only a handful of actual talent emerged and lasted: Julian Schnabel, Clemente, Nan Goldin, Basquiat, Mapplethorpe, etc. Ever since New York downtown artists have tried to recreate that vibe and failed instead creating something original. Therefore the work has a sheen of insincerity about it. More about creating a persona and getting attention than the product. Maybe they took Andy Warhol’s Diary to heart. Idk.

      I know who she is and have since she came on the scene and always found her work wanting. There is zip revolutionary about her work in my opinion. It has been around since the 90s in a similar aesthetic, but the subject matter is older than that.
      I am not 100 percent sure how I feel about her images of POC. But that is another conversation.

      • Ada says:

        Everyone is entitled to their opinion on art. Always. But I think your emperor’s new clothes explanation is doing a disservice to the people who like her work. I agree that there are more talented artists out there, including poc and especially woc working within a similar aesthetic tradition. But this isn’t an objective taste competition, nor an art history course. I don’t find Rupi Kaur’s poetry interesting, for instance, but I have students who have told me she has changed their lives — that needs to be taken seriously, not be met with scoffs and calling them sheep. Also does art need to be revolutionary in order to be considered worthwhile? The poster above used the word for Rookie mag’s cultural impact, not PC per se. But it’s turned into this straw man here it seems, especially in conjunction with all the actively mean-spirited comments about her looks. It’s so easy to be dismissive.

      • magnoliarose says:

        @Ada
        Absolutely I agree that art is subjective. My opinions are my own and not a declaration for all since I think there can be no such thing. Taste is subjective is everything.

        My nieces love Rookie and I like that a teenager took the initiative.

    • wowza says:

      @Ada — I think I love you. You articulated this so well. I’ve been trying to find the words and failing. Thank you for standing up for a (successful, at least somewhat talented but apparently you must be revolutionary or gtfo???) gal for the crime of being too “artsy”.

      @magnoliarose — I have found myself disagreeing with you on both the Petra and JLaw threads. You seem to have this feeling that if you find something pretentious or art snobby, people who like it must be “pretending” to like it to seem cool.

      I don’t know what to tell you except– that’s not true. I genuinely like Petra’s visual eye as a fashion/celebrity photographer. I wish you wouldn’t try to tell me why I’m “wrong.” I find the way you disagree with people very domineering and unaccepting of other viewpoints.

      • magnoliarose says:

        @wowza I don’t think you are wrong in your opinions. I know we disagree about JLaw and PC, but I just take it as two people with different points of view and express them. Just like in life. I don’t know anyone I agree with about everything, but I certainly don’t respect them or their views less because of it.
        The only time I get heated is when it comes to politics and injustice. Not about celebrities. I don’t take the subject very seriously. Therefore, I snark at their images and PR spin because I know it is rarely a total reflection of the real person and more of an adopted persona.

        I do think “some” people pretend to like something to seem cool but that isn’t directed at anyone in particular and certainly not about everyone. Never about anyone here. I don’t know you or anyone else here well enough to make that kind of judgment. In fact, unless I direct a statement to someone’s comment, in particular, I am talking about “in general”.

        My writing style is direct, and perhaps that comes off much more fixed than I intend. In life, I am the same, but tone and expressions and body language are missing.

      • TheOriginalMe says:

        @Ada, Thank you for your coherent, rational, excellently articulated thought.

        @Wowza, thanks to you as well. I resonate with all you say.

        I’ve been coming to Celebitchy for many years now. For the most part, I enjoy the discourse here very much. But I’ve come across a few voices that ruin the otherwise interesting discussions for me. These are the voices presenting their personal narratives and opinions as facts in a judgmental, domineering, condescending tone. I think it’s the lack of depth and flexibility to see another perspective that turns me off such voices. I also question one’s need to always have the last word, the best word in all discussions.

  58. LittlefishMom says:

    Is it safe to assume he cheated on Heidi? Is there any confirmation of that? This isn’t shocking. They (he and JA) have zero in common.

    • Anonymous says:

      A fact is that Justin said that he was single or referred to an ex in several interviews throughout the 14 years of his supposed exclusive relationship with Heidi so it’s clear that they were off and on many times throughout those years. These interviews are easily googled as are the records that his 2 NYC apartments were only combined after he got together with his ex wife (probably at her expense). Court documents suggest that Heidi remained in one of them after they broke up but obviously he asked her to leave when he began spending time with the ex wife in NYC and this is where the “Poor Heidi had to move out” story began. His antics now suggest that he’s clearly a cad and both women probably put up with his s**t for far too long.

    • Wisca says:

      I get what you are saying, but they had some things in common: acting, NY (at first because he loves it and she was raised there), fitness, a certain risk-taking personality in pursuing their dreams, success, wealth (she more than he of course).

  59. LittlefishMom says:

    Her photography is far from groundbreaking. It’s oversaturated. IPhone filter garbage. Dorothea Lange, Arthur Rothstein, Ansel Adams….groundbreaking. She’s overrated. And an affair with a married man is nothing new either.

    • Felicia says:

      Yup. And Helmut Newton did it much better.

      • Ada says:

        Now I want to see Helmut Lang: “the iPhone filter years”. But seriously guys. Did what better? Lange, Rothstein, Adams – all marvelous (though are social realism and modernism the only styles that matter? Is there nothing after the 50s?). Newton was great too (though male gaze on steroids). We can keep on listing personal photographic preferences here (Tarkovsky’s polaroids! Francesca Woodman!), but at the end of the day Petra Collins’s work fits into a broader trend of millennial art that inhabits a kind of soft-focus femme identity in a feminist way and reclaims the gaze. This photographic style speaks to many, and not taking that seriously – even if you do not like it – does nothing more than allow you to revel in your own generational snobbery.

      • Felicia says:

        My comment wasn’t so much “generational snobbery” as pointing out that there is nothing “revolutionary” about this woman’s work.

      • magnoliarose says:

        @Ada
        She didn’t create that genre or narrative because women of color were doing it ages ago and never got the recognition they deserved. A Mexican woman in LA was doing it since the early 90s but couldn’t get any backing or support. Black feminists were doing it using ancient cameras and filters but again nothing.
        Feminist art isn’t new. It was just associated with the lesbian community and dismissed even though that wasn’t entirely true.
        She coincided with women like Cardi B in the mainstream, but she isn’t original either. Foxy Brown did it better but was too “urban” for the masses. Lil Kim too but again too “urban” and others. Same with photography and visual art and fashion though it was appropriated shamelessly.

  60. LittlefishMom says:

    It’s not snobbery, and yes there is photography after the 50’s. I don’t think she’s anything special, just my opinion. Leslie Kirchhoff is excellent. Pictures are more raw, real and not overly edited. My age has nothing to do with it. I don’t think she’s super talented.

    • Ada says:

      And that’s fine! I don’t like everything she does either. I guess I was reacting to your use of ‘garbage’ and the idea that young artists will never live up to the ‘classics’ (which seemed part of your comment, and what I meant by generational – not your age). Like Leslie Kirchoff too!

      • LittlefishMom says:

        My point of mentioning those photographers was to note that their work shifted the landscape of photography. Time period had zero to do with it. I do not think she does that. At all. So for people to associate her work with the word groundbreaking just confuses me. Leslie however, in my opinion IS. Her work has an esthetic that people fifty years from now will be able to relate to. Again, just my opinion. Apologizes if I sounded rude, not my intention.

    • magnoliarose says:

      Agreed. Leslie Kirchoff is a great example, but LA has a better art scene than New York in my opinion. The other side of LA not the schmoozefest West LA nonsense. She’s not a pose hard either.

  61. Justs leather jacket is not edgy, its stiff and doesn’t even fit him.

  62. Gisele says:

    Petra Collins is Canada’s Lena Dunham. Now she and Justin can hang out openly with Uncle Terry (Richardson) and his equally gross wife who pretends to be an edgy, thought provoking artist but really the whole lot of them are just insipidly gross to be shocking and call it art–it doesn’t shock it is just repulsive and pretentious at the same time. they do the same kind of stuff over and over again so it is hardly original.

  63. DEAR LORD says:

    he has got to be the creepiest looking thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life. how can anyone find him attractive

  64. nemera says:

    It’s looking more and more like they were not legally married. I could be wrong but it just feels so weird. More like the end of a boyfriend/girlfriend than a husband/wife

  65. Jessie says:

    90% of random instagrams are more interesting than anything I just looked at on her website.

  66. Jayna says:

    Selena Gomez split from Justin. Supposedly, she did it because her mother objected to the relationship. She’s an adult. That would not be the reason. It was only a matter of time that those two crashed and burned again, but the timing is interesting.. Justin hashtagged her a couple of weeks ago. Hmmmm. Is Justin going to be robbing the cradle and start dating Selena?

  67. karina marina says:

    Don’t confuse edgy with boorish, cliche behavior.
    He’s a walking mid-life crisis, skinny jeans and all.
    He could have handled this with class and respect, but had to go the douchery route instead.

  68. Southernbelle824 says:

    Petra did a story on her instagram showing a magazine and inside was her pic and Justin on the next page and she kept zooming in and out on the story. I think she is the leak to the “edgy, bored” Justin with Jennifer b.s. Justin sure wasn’t bored when it benefit him now was he. I hope he and Jennifer weren’t married, that she didn’t file the certificate and he has been had. I think he played her, Heidi and whoever else. I also think Petra is fanning the flames.

  69. mikunda says:

    He looks slovenly, scraggy and unkept, eww.