Justin Theroux ‘manipulated’ Jennifer Aniston into dumping the Goddess Circle?

As with many of tabloid stories this year, this Star Magazine story seems to be based on one small kernel of truth, then wildly exaggerated with somewhat nonsensical claims. Star Mag says that Justin Theroux has basically manipulated Jennifer Aniston into dumping all of her old Goddess Circle girlfriends. Aniston has allegedly replaced the Goddess Circle with Justin’s hipster friends. While I think there’s some truth somewhere in here – perhaps that Jennifer doesn’t have much time for Courteney Cox these days, and perhaps Jennifer is trying to be more and more “hipster” – overall I think this is BS.

Jennifer Aniston certainly isn’t singing “I’ll be there for you” these days. Aniston is ditching her pals in favor of fiancé Justin Theroux’s hipster crew. Longtime galpals like Courteney Cox, Laura Dern and Sheryl Crow are all but history in Jen’s new world, says an insider, who adds that Justin once referred to the famous women as “boring, middle-aged moms.”

“Justin complains all the time that Courteney in particular consumes too much of Jen’s time with her neediness,” says the source. “He also doesn’t like it when her daughter, Coco [Jen’s goddaughter] is around because he says she’s rambunctious.”

Jen clearly seems to be bending to Justin’s will. She cancelled several dinner dates with Courteney and at Jen’s annual holiday party on Dec. 2, the guest list was mostly Justin’s friends, like tattoo artist Scott Campbell, actress Lake Bell, Tobey Maguire and Justin’s longtime creative collaborator Ben Stiller.

“Justin basically manipulated Jen into cleaning house,” says the insider.

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

First of all, all of those Goddess Circle people DID come to Jennifer’s holiday party. Secondly, Ben Stiller is Jennifer’s friend too! I think Ben and Justin are pretty tight, but Ben and Jennifer are too, and didn’t Ben introduce JustJen (back when Justin was with Heidi?!)? Third of all, Justin does seem to make an effort to ingratiate himself with Jennifer’s friends, and she does the same – they share a lot of friends, and to their credit, they actually seem to be making the same amount of effort with each other’s “group”. Last thing: how much does it suck to be Courteney Cox right now? Jennifer was pretty much the third wheel in Courteney and David Arquette’s marriage for years and years, and now that CC is single and Jennifer is with Justin, Jennifer has little to no time for CC. Sucks.

Here are some new photos of JustJen in Cabo yesterday. Note the butt-grab. They wanted us to see it, so you might as well discuss it.

Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Lulu says:

    Yeah right.

    Any way, how annoying to realize you are being photographed while trying to relax on vacation. That alone would make me want to mix up my itinerary a little. I understand wanting to come back to a loved vacation spot though, as I too am somewhat a creature of habit.

    • mln76 says:

      Meh she has holidayed there regularly for half a dozen years and the paps always tag along honestly I think she enjoys it.

      • serena says:

        Maybe she even called them.

      • mln76 says:

        I dont know if she did but she definitely drummed up as much interest as possible with her bag/scarf/coat in front of her belly game and ‘not drinking at parties’ wink wink for a few weeks then BAM give the paps a bikini shot and everyone is talking about her more than if she just went on vacation.

      • Lulu says:

        I suppose if the paps are a half mile away they wouldn’t be so bothersome. As for the drinking cycles, when my girlfriend was trying to get pregnant she abstained between ovulation and her cycle only. Seems a reasonable explanation for Jen’s behavior. I know it’s not nearly as tantalizing for her naysayers and conspiracy theorists though.

      • mln76 says:

        Her fans have had her concieving the same baby for a decade now.
        Its ridiculous.
        She even mocks you for being duped.

      • mln76 says:

        Did you see her Smartwater commercial where she mocked the pregancy rumors? Aka mocking the idiots who constantly believe she is pregnant?

      • mln76 says:

        Get over yourself.
        You are the one getting irate about the honor of a millionaire you’ve never met .As for pap calling and leaking false info its hardly nefarious its typical behavoir of celebrities in need of attention whose career is on the wane like Jennifer Aniston.
        I am proud to be a gossip addict but stalking is altogether another fish and not my speed.
        Happy Holidays :)

      • Ducky La Rue says:

        @ Lulu – mln76 is not a stalker, she’s a regular reader here. Those of us who have been reading for a long time notice certain patterns with certain celebs. I personally think it takes a bit more than attentive reading to make one a stalker. ;-)

      • GrandPoobah says:

        Mln76: She doesnt need to call the paps. She isnt some young star trying to squeeze a career out of being a celebrity. Aniston has already had a long and extremely successful acting career. The tabloids make up stories about her left and right because people eat up anything about her, positive or negative. Especially negative, it would seem.

        Her career is not ‘on the wane’, by the way. According to imdb, she’s got three movies in the pipeline for 2013 along with a rumored appearance in another.

        EDIT: it was also pretty clear that the Smart Water ad was mocking tabloid speculation about her womb, not her fans.

      • G says:

        Uh…… not a young star, no, but, she IS a mid-range talent trying to squeeze out a bit more career out of being a celebrity. She’s not made much effort to stretch herself professionally.

        I wonder WHY the tabloids just make up the SAME two stories about her? Pregnant or not? Lonely and bitter or shallow and high maintenance?

        As for the not drinking? Maybe she’s just slurred her way through one too many social events?

      • Alita says:

        Wow @mln, I thought the pixies had taken you, until I realised you weren’t talking to yourself there, it was just some nutter’s comments had been deleted!

        Hehe. God bless those of us that read the comments late. And God bless Jennifer Aniston’s womb – the interest and criticism of so many must be hard to take. Needs it’s own Twitter account, that’s for sure.

      • Lulu says:

        “it was also pretty clear that the Smart Water ad was mocking tabloid speculation about her womb, not her fans.”

        Thank you GrandPoohBah. Wish I’d said that. I fear the tone of some of the posts rubbed off on me. Tsk tsk to me!

  2. Eleonor says:

    When I’ve read “Goddess circle” I asked myself “When Jennifer Aniston was one of Charlie Sheen’s Goddesses?Did I miss something?” For a couple of seconds :D

    • nik says:

      snort!!! ;)

    • Violet says:

      Ha ha, that was my first thought too!

    • BooBooLaRue says:

      Would certainly make her more interesting if she was!

    • OutstandingWoldCitizen says:

      J. Theroux has always rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe it is his face. He looks weasly. HE is a talented writer and has done some good little acting spots. And his physique is surprisingly NICE.

      If this story is true it smacks of desperation. To CUT your friends off because your fiance/man does not like them. I can understand making adjustments to your personal life for your man BUT this sounds crazy obnoxious. JA should remember your friends are going to be there if that relationship fall to pieces.

      • Emma - the JP Lover says:

        Actually, Jen cut Courtney Cox out when she started hanging out with Chelsea Handler … which predated Justin Theroux. Remember when we all asked ‘Where is Courtney?”

  3. Polls says:

    Since they’re at the Palmilla, those photos were taken from at least a half-mile away.

  4. Belle Epoch says:

    Vain simpletons. What is he working on now – Zoolander 2?

    • gg says:

      aaahahahaha, too funny. He would fit right in.

      For some reason, his unimaginative hair color (Clairol Blue-Black for $4.95 anyone?) makes him look like a wax dummy to me. It’s just too fakey. He should go with a dark brown instead.

  5. HadleyB says:

    Middle aged women? Isn’t he in his 40′s? His body looks good but his face … I see him as the type to keep himself super fit and thin even though he ages and his face goes to hell.

    • smartyparty says:

      Can I just say.. why wouldn’t he? I am like, the furthest thing from one of his fans, but I don’t get this comment. Everyone’s face is going to go to hell, eventually. It is important to keep the body fit and strong. What’s wrong with that? This couple irks me no end, but I wouldn’t criticize them for being fit.

      And there, I just stood up for Jennifer Aniston. My life has really changed, being a committed Brangalooni all these years… :P

      • Boo says:

        He looks much older than his age. He is so fake looking with the tan and bad hair colouring. Why do people call him hipster? He looks George Hamiltons younger brother. Like he belongs in an 80 soap opera.

      • Tommy says:

        I don’t get it. I think Justin looks fine, and I certainly don’t think he looks any older than 40.

    • akua says:

      This may be a dumb question, but what constitutes middle aged these days?

      • Ally8 says:

        I guess it would be based on life expectancy, so depending on how hard your life is, anywhere from 32 to 45.

        The NY Times has this startling graph of the varying rates of life expectancy in the U.S.:

        Which is why the recent talk of raising the retirement age to 67 has been so obnoxious… some working-class people will never live to that age. As Paul Krugman put it, “The point is that raising the retirement age sounds reasonable to well-educated, highly-paid people, who can expect a long, rich life after 65. But they’re not the people who need Social Security in the first place.”

      • ZenBitch says:

        When Obama turned 50 the press said he was middle aged. I’m all for that. It means I’m not. LOL

      • crtb says:

        32 is middled aged now?

        I think middle age is cultural.
        My idea of middle age is 45 to 60.

        At 60 you become a senior

        According to Collins Dictionary, this is “… usually considered to occur approximately between the ages of 40 and 60″.[1]The current edition of the Oxford English Dictionary gives a similar definition but with a shorter span: “The period of life between young adulthood and old age, now usually regarded as between about forty-five and sixty.”

    • crtb says:

      I see him as the type to keep himself super fit and thin even though he ages and his face goes to hell.

      And that is a BAD thing? People cannot control if they go bald or age poorly facialy but we can control our weight and firmness.

      They both have beautiful bodies! Good for them that they have the time and money to keep in great shape.

  6. honeychurch says:

    Goddess Circle? Barf.

    • Samigirl says:

      My sentiments exactly. I sincerely hope they don’t actually call themselves that!

    • Emma - the JP Lover says:

      @Skipper …

      It’s what the writers here at “Celebitchy” and other places call that group of women–Laura Dern, Sheryl Crow, Courtney Cox and two or three others–who have traditionally traveled to Cabo with Jennifer over the years.

  7. Tuxedo Cat says:

    I think we all need a bit of this in our lives sometimes — not cleaning house so much, but re-evaluating who deserves our time.

    I have a friend that only calls me when something bugs her about one of her other friends – to complain, in other words… I gradually started letting her calls go to voicemail. I still talk to her, but not every single time. She doesn’t want to talk to me she just wants to talk.

    I think it is a very good sign that Justin wants her to meet his friends, and it is also a good sign that she can eat in front of him. That’s hard for some women. I know it sounds lame…

    • gg says:

      I hear ya. Generally those people have already started drinking and they want to hear themselves talk.

      And what you described is called “triangulation” – it’s so you’ll go to the other person and try to fix whatever issues the person who called you has without they themselves getting involved. Avoid this like a pile of dog poopy — anytime you put your stick in it to clean it up, it only stinks worse. And then you’re involved.

    • videli says:

      Women who cannot eat in front of their partners? I have never heard of this! Also, a couple of years ago I dumped a ‘friend’ who was using me like yours does.

      • akua says:

        I have this problem (eating in front of anyone), but it’s because I have an eating disorder (that I’m recovering from, it’s a process). That’s the first thing I thought of when I read that….

    • skuddles says:

      Tux Cat, I used to have a friend like that too, and as I got older I just grew tired of her selfish routine and stopped making myself available. It would be okay if these people ever asked “hey how are you doing” and showed actual interest but when they only want to talk about themselves or whatever thing is bothering them at the moment… forget it, that’s not a true friendship.

  8. heybaby says:

    looks like they are on hoilday with emily blunt, John Krasinski Jimmy Kimmel and his fiancée.

    this is a couples group holiday??? lol


    justin and Krasinski been friends for a long time now…they both used to hang with terry Richardson ,he has a few pics of them all together on his site.

  9. tigergirl says:

    What’s the book she’s reading? B/c it looks sort of trashy paperbackish!

    • stinky says:

      …one of those pics looks like shes holding the book w/ her foot – its funny!

    • alexis says:

      The Switch by Elmore Leonard, which she’s about to start filming a movie of.

    • crtb says:

      How can you tell that it is a trshy paperbook? Even if it is – so what? That is what I read on vaction. I call them my beach books or my summer reads.
      I reserve that time for my quick reads that I can read in a day or two. The rest of the year, I read literature. BTY – I read aleast a book a week. I do enjoy a little trash with the rest.

  10. heybaby says:

    lol at star mag, they made a mistake in their bullshit article. Tobey Maguire is aniston’s friend due to his wife and aniston being tight friends.

    if they going make up a story at least make it a little bit believable and cut the errors down haha

  11. Talie says:

    What’s hilarious is that they know, at this point, which vantage point photographers are stationed at to get the shots.

  12. mln76 says:

    I kind of think the opposite is true. She was all NY punk rock girl for exactly 37 seconds then its back to LA and now Cabo.

  13. lucy2 says:

    More tabloid BS. Like we’re supposed to believe Star had their party guest list and access to her calendar.

    • akua says:

      LOL, the people who post here should come up with their own tabloid, surely we could invent better stories!

  14. momosays says:

    I envy Jen’s body

    • Pandy says:

      She has a great stomach – would love that too. Having a tummy tuck next week – hope it is somewhat similar, lol. That bathing suit top isn’t doing anything helpful for her though.

  15. serena says:

    LOL they’re so fake. Posing with a book or the ass-grab.

    She even looks drunk in the first photo.
    Not an Aniston hater by the way.

  16. G says:

    These pics are wall papering the tabloids so they’re PR. They don’t appear to be having much fun or even connecting. Is this the dullest vacation ever?

    At least he ditched that hat and the belt on day 2.

    • Trek Girl says:

      A couple doesn’t have to be touching, kissing, or gazing into each other’s eyes at all times in order for them to be connecting.

      Besides, “connecting” doesn’t need to go on at all times. One can read a book while the other rests without their relationship being upended.

  17. madpoe says:

    OMG! They looks so fantastically happy and smitten together in these lame photos! *eye rollz*

    • OhDear says:

      IMO, looks more like they’re in the “you do you and I do me” comfortable phase of the relationship. Still think this is a PR set-up shot, though.

  18. Ally says:

    Jen and Courtney haven’t been close for a while, way before Justin was on the scene….so this is BS.

    Obviously it’s always going to be blamed on JA but I think it’s more to do with Courtney hanging out her Cougar Town cast. Maybe her work becomes her social life, as it did with Friends.

  19. DenG says:

    Both are still tres homely. At this point, isn’t Courtney Cox much more successful with her “lowly” TV show and than Aniston is with her brilliant movie career? Cox is older, but she’ll always be good looking, I think.

  20. Mac says:

    Courteney Cox has always seemed like a more sensible older sister to Jenn so it would make sense that Justin wants her to exert as little influence as possible.

    Justin doesn’t sound at all tolerant of young children’s rambunctious behavior.

    • carrie says:

      i believe that the trouble was Cox’s divorce and i think Courtney Cox is always close of Brad Pitt’s relatives (she was photographied several times with David Fincher for example)

  21. FirstTimer says:

    I think they should ask Chelsea about it as she’s part of the Circle now right? I hope she’s spending time with Courtney even if there are no pap pics.

  22. Jennifer12 says:

    Justin is the type that is convinced that he is edgy and hip even though he is engaged to the bougie queen of all time and is basically posing for the paps. No matter! He wears black and has tattoos!

  23. Emma says:

    They both have banging bodies. Too bad about their faces especially Justin. He looks like he’s melting.

  24. Lizzie K says:

    Something always looks off to me when Jennifer Anniston wears a bikini top. Something about her boobs just doesn’t look good. Not sure what it is .. are they too far apart? Is it the kind of bikini top she wears? Can’t quite put my finger on it.

    • G says:

      I know what you mean. I have noticed this myself over the years. I don’t think they’re selected for support or the “look.” I think it’s selected for minimum tan lines?

      The pink one she wore yesterday is also identical to the black one?

    • Lotta says:

      It’s because you are so used to seeing fake boobies and hers are actually still real. Look at pictures of stars in the 70′s, they all have boobies like that.

  25. valleymiss says:

    Justin thinks Coco is “rambunctious”? Lol! That’s like something an 80 year old man would think and say.

  26. DW says:

    I can’t concentrate on the relationship while he’s in those tight-ass jeans. They look uncomfortable and stupid. Now, on to being positive. Jen’s body looks great and the resort looks beautiful.

  27. sirsnarksalot says:

    These two and their vanity…what dull lives they must lead. I think Lainey called it, Jen finally found a guy who wants to play “the game” as much as she does. Other than that what do they have in common?

  28. Hoya_chick says:

    Her boobs need more support. Her stomach is fantastic though! I saw some pics with them and two other couples, Emily Blunt and her husband John and Jimmy Kimmel and his fiancé. I always like to see who’s friends with who. Doesn’t she get bored going to Cabo like 3 times a year? Every year? There are so many more beautiful, less traveled and probably more private places to go. With her money you’d think she would be at some exclusive resort in the Seychelles or something.

  29. stinky says:

    hearing you – its just got to be so quick & easy tho to get from LA to Mexico is all … Seychelles is on my wish-list tho, fo sho!

  30. sullivan says:

    hehehe. Justin thinks Coco is rambunctious. “Get off my lawn, Coco!”
    May they never break-up for they are perfect for each other.

  31. Relli says:

    Wasn’t this a Friends episode? I seem to remember there being something wind bearers and water carriers.

  32. Holden says:

    Goddamn it I want to be in Cabo right now working on my albino tan, eating chips and drinking Margaritas.

  33. erika says:


    I had to ask somebody what was happening now i just drifted off to sleep.

    i like her cowboy hat this is althat’s it, there ……i talked about jen kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk,m

  34. Lindsey says:

    Justin has a weird hairline, but a great body.

    Which reminds me…I’m do for some more of his uncle’s travel books. Any excuse to buy more books.

  35. skuddles says:

    I’ll never understand why people rave about Aniston’s bod. It’s not terrible but it’s certainly not all that “wow” either. I’ll give her this though – she has a decent bod for someone her age. I can see she’s getting a bit softer and meatier but still managing to keep it fairly firm for a woman in her mid 40′s.

  36. Nikita says:

    in one of these pictures, you can see they have a field glasses straight to the paparzies. so they know that they make pics of them and even locate them photo op! she could hide herself better but she wants to stay relavant. LoL When we will get her next Moviebomb?

    • Mac says:

      The Paps are probably anchored conspicuously off-shore for a couple of days and then leave after they get whatever it is that they need.

      Justin is just surveying the beach from his Aqualung perch.

  37. MichelleR says:

    Who is taking these stalker pictures??!!! It’s creepy!! Imagine if it were you just vacationing and some dude is taking these pictues?? I’m not a JEN fan….but even she deserves privacy. I perfer just the pictures on the red carpet plz.

  38. CJ Berk says:

    They’re a gorgeous couple and perfect match. Prior to these pics, I thought he was so cool and great looking BUT THEN I saw all those tattoos…which are not attractive. Well really, he’s still great looking and fab dresser but too many tattoos kind of cancel out the hipster thing and put him closer to Kid Rock territory.Hipsters are not covered with tattoos-maybe one or two but whole body…no.

  39. palermo says:

    If any bit of this is true she should run screaming into the night. Any man who tries to control what friends or family you see is dangerous

  40. Chrissie Malcolm says:

    Is it just me, or is anyone else noticing a “Warne/Hurley” type of thing here? Don’t you think our Just-in is looking a bit over-tweaked and plastic/shiny these days? Just a thought.

    • Sugar says:

      it’s not your imagination he has totally flipped for Jen & her LA lifestyle. Must be true love (only thing I can come up with) because he definitely has changed from his NY ways.
      What bugs me about it Is how he always “seemed” anti hollyweird & was just weird & quirky in his own way, now he is smitten & high maintainence:/

    • GirlyGirl says:

      Nope, I’m seeing it too bigtime.

      She’s looking really glossy as well.

  41. FirstTimer says:

    More pics of the trip are available at Popsugar. Emily looked awesome! I don’t know if it’s a different date as Jen had a different bikini on. And Jimmy’s fiancée looks cute.

  42. Anon says:

    Jennifer/Justin know the paps are there, reminds me of the time Jen invited the paps along…it is the same repeat play of the Huvane/Aniston play book. Ever notice their guests ignore the cameras, but J/J look directly at the paps. Same old, same old — Jen just got a guy who craves attention as much as her now.
    Did Jen dump her buddy Joe Francis too?

  43. crtb says:

    I think we all have different friends for different ossaisions:

    I have friends that I go to church with.
    I have other friends who like to shop.
    Different friends, I eat out with because they like to try new and different restaurants. Another set, I double date with. Friends with whom we hang out with our kids because our children get along so well. Others whom I sob on the phone with my deepest hurts. People I never want to be around their kids or husbands because I don’t care for their behavior.

    I think most people are like myself. I find nothing wrong if my boyfriend doesn’t want to hang out with ALL of my many friends. I don’t enjoy all of his friend’s company either.

  44. Sarah says:

    How can such a good looking guy with a fit body be so… ugh. These two together actually make me feel nauseous.

  45. traxie says:

    Oh my god, his hairline.