Justin Theroux & Jennifer Aniston are fine, they ‘do their own thing a lot of the time’

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For months – years, really – the tabloids have eagerly claimed that Jennifer Aniston’s marriage to Justin Theroux is in shambles. The stories picked up again this year, because Jennifer’s ex-husband Brad Pitt is now single and “Brad & Jen: Forever!” stories sell. Personally, I think you can believe that Jennifer’s marriage to Justin isn’t 100% great AND it has nothing to do with Brad. That’s what I believe – Jennifer and Justin’s marriage has issues and it has nothing to do with Brad, and it has everything to do with the fact that Jen and Justin barely see each other. Well, Us Weekly is here to tell us that Jen and Justin are totally fine… and they barely see each other.

For most of last fall, Jennifer Aniston and husband Justin Theroux were weekend lovers. While the pair filmed separate projects in September, a source close to Aniston says the 48-year-old “would fly to New York” from Atlanta to be with her man, in town filming upcoming Netflix series Maniac with Jonah Hill and Emma Stone. The pal adds the pair “also spent time together in Austin,” in recent months.

But when shooting wrapped on Aniston’s flick Dumplin’, she headed for sunshine instead of extending her Big Apple stays. And despite the recent rumors of an impending split, an insider says the time apart, “doesn’t mean they are getting divorced or having problems.” The couple (who wed in 2015) simply “do their own thing a lot of the time,” reveals the source. “She prefers L.A. He has a fondness for New York, but they knew that about each other from the beginning and decided it wasn’t an issue. It doesn’t mean they’re splitting up.”

Theroux may love the East Coast, but there’s no place like home for the holidays. By December 21, a source revealed, the 46-year-old Leftovers actor and his love had reunited to spend Christmas together at their Bel Air home. From there, they plan to ring in the New Year with friends in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. “They are both independent people and don’t spend every minute together,” says the Aniston pal. “But there is a ton of love and laughter between them.” And as for the whisperings: “They don’t let all speculation get to them.”

[From Us Weekly]

I think there are many solid marriages and partnerships based on the idea that you don’t have to spend every moment together, and that you should have separate interests and a life apart from your partner and spouse. I get that, I really do, and whatever works for you, go ahead. I just feel like Justin and Jen are living separate lives almost exclusively, and that their marriage is basically just on paper at this point. But we’ll see, of course.

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  1. The Original G says:

    Building some suspense for the annual Bikini Pap Fest in Cabo.
    I think a good netflix series is a good move for her.

  2. Jana says:

    Queen of Hollywood

  3. Hh says:

    That article hit the nail on the head. She’s a California, sunshine and beach girl and he’s a NY guy. That’s readily apparent. That being said, NY in the summer/fall, and Cali for the winter ain’t a bad deal. Skipping out on east coast winters sounds great. No need to be a tough guy. Lol!

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      A-freaking-men. And I say that as a SoCal citygirl transplanted to snow country (for a man–a MAN!–so I can see Aniston’s POV). It was 5 degrees when I got up yesterday. My dog was so freaked out by the snow she couldn’t poop.

    • Peggy says:

      I thought she went to school in NY.

      • lucy2 says:

        I think she grew up there.

        These two seem fine and happy, and have the means to travel as much as they want, and live on both coasts.

  4. Indiana Joanna says:

    I don’t have any interest in most celebrities and haven’t much followed these two beyond the rare interview. As individuals they seem to take themselves and their “art” very seriously, so blah. But for some reason I hope their marriage lasts the distance.

  5. emerald eyes says:

    That bottom photo makes it readily apparent, she’s all tan and beachy hair and sleeveless endless summer dresses and he is an East Coast hipster through and through.

    But, hey, if they can make that work more power to them.

  6. I.said.it. says:

    Damn he is one good looking man. I don’t see the issue here. I like my alone time too.

  7. harla says:

    I completely understand their relationship, having a very similar one myself. If my husband had a regular 9to5, M-F job and was home every night we probably no longer be married. I love my husband very much but we married a bit later in life (similar to Jen & Justin), had our own lives prior to marriage and don’t have a ton of common interests, so while on paper it might not sound like a recipe for marital bliss, I can tell you after 20+ years we are doing great.

    So Kudos to Jennifer and Justin for making your relationship your own and ignoring how society thinks a relationship/marriage should be.

    • Shambles says:

      And kudos to you, too!

    • Sherry says:

      Me too! My husband is a conservative activist and plans on moving to DC later this spring, meanwhile, the kids and I are planning on moving to LA (daughter is an animation/storyboard artist and my older son plans on being a video game developer). We’ve been married for over 20 years and I’m fine with living apart. So are the kids.

      The kids and I have ZERO interest in living in DC and because of my husband’s political leanings, he has ZERO interest in living in California. He’ll be in DC Monday through Thursday and fly to be with the family on weekends.

      You don’t have to be with the other person all the time to have a workable and content marital situation. Do what works for you and your marriage.

      • harla says:

        Hi Sherry, I seem to know more people who don’t have a “traditional” marriage than do. Some sleep in separate rooms, some live in other areas for work, some take separate vacations, it goes on and on. For the most part all seem to be equally happy and fulfilled in their marriages, just as happy and fulfilled as thoses I know who have a more “traditional” marriage.

        You hit the nail on the head, “do what works for you and your marriage’!!!

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      Good for you, Harla! If my husband and I didn’t have different interests and separate pursuits, I’d be so outta here by now, but it stays fresh when the two of you have your own lives + your life together.

      Tomorrow is our 20th anniversary, and that’s only possible because after prior unsuccessful relationships with others, we knew from the start that we had to give each other room to breathe.

    • Rae says:

      Amen to this! My husband works shifts and I’m a 9-5, and we both have very different interests so spend a lot of our ‘together’ time separately – he’s watching sport and I’m reading outside. But we’re both introverts and love our alone time so it works perfectly for us, and gives us more to talk about when we catch up over dinner. A healthy marriage doesn’t look the same for everyone.

      • Anners says:

        Yes this! I think that so many more people are extroverted and can’t imagine being by themselves as a comfortable thing and so they think that anyone who is alone must be sad. As an introvert who requires A LOT of alone time to recuperate, the idea of being with someone 24/7 is stiflingly overwhelming.

  8. Shannon says:

    At their age, they’ve probably adapted to doing their own thing. I’m 41, and if I ever were to get married again, I think I’d like similar. I’m sort of into doing my own thing, but companionship and love is nice too. I was married to a Navy guy and my next long-term relationship was with a guy who directed tours in South America; I got used to my “other half” being away for long periods of time. Later, I dated a guy who lived right across the street from me and it was so weird. Fun at first, but I used to really wish he’d just … go on vacation or a business trip or something LOL

    • paranormalgirl says:

      I remarried later in life, too, and we have our own interests and our own schedules. Doesn’t mean we’re not happy and in love. He travels a lot for work between NY and LA and we’re not together all the time. But it works for us.

    • Esmom says:

      Ha, my husband once had a job that required almost no travel, and I hated it! I was so relieved when he changed jobs and had to travel again.

    • harla says:

      LOL Shannon!!! After a couple of weeks home I start dropping not too subtle hints to my husband to go back to work, go fishing! How can I miss him if he won’t go away! LOL

    • lucy2 says:

      I’m 41 and have always done my own thing, if I ever find someone I like enough to have a life or marriage with, I will DEFINITELY need my own time and space.

  9. Alix says:

    Anyone else detecting facial fillers on Jen?

  10. Kirby says:

    I dont like Jennifer Aniston(team joli!) but this seems like its not a big deal. Theyre an older couple,no kids, I kow plenty of older couples who do this.

  11. Zapp Brannigan says:

    Why is this been sold as a negative, they are both of an age that they know what they like in life and have found something that works for them. It is never a good idea to make one person your sole reason for being, have a full life in all aspects. I also note that these stories are written where she should accommodate him and what he prefers, like a good little housewife.

    • harla says:

      Hi Zapp. Imho, it’s sold as a negative because they are daring to live their lives on their own terms and it scares the status quo.

  12. khaveman says:

    Hm. I’m undecided. Isn’t that WHY you get married, to spend your time with that one person? I understand time apart for work, but it sounds like a separation marriage at best. Maybe they just don’t want to divorce because it’s expensive… no idea.

  13. Tamaris says:

    I had a relationship like this. We were a couple but lived very independently and guess what. Over the years, we formed totally different goals, characters, wishes, friends etc. That’s what happens when you are living this way. Im totaly fine with being independent in a relationship etc. but too much just doesn’t work. One day you wake up and think, gosh we have nothing in common anymore he doesn’t know my life. And this will happen to them too sooner or later. The love just stops when you dont spend enough time together. That’s my experience. Maybe they can do it better. I mean, me and my ex we lived in the same house, not 3000 miles away like them, but after a few years we spend too much time apparat from one another. And then you see a stranger in your house and then it was over. He started dating other women because why not? He looked like a single man he was a lot of the time alone. Like me. i did not do that but i wasn’t angry. It was a mistake for our relationship to spend too much time apparat from one another. I hope they can work things out because i could not stand the gossip again over her sad lovelife. And now that brad is single, the media would co totally crazy.

  14. Lisa Giametti says:

    Lol. Still ,all the Aniston critics who know more about their marriage than the two of them.

    My husband and I, married 20 yrs, do things on our own a lot. I have never felt the need to be joined at the hip to my husband. Human beings are not built nor meant to be together 24/7. It is unnatural to live your life chained to another.

  15. tracking says:

    She had been spending time in New York with him pretty regularly until this fall. It wouldn’t surprise me if that fracas with the neighbor put her off. I could see her being all new-age-y and “babe, that dude is harshing my mellow and I lose my zen here.” Heck, I’d rather hang out in my big private mansion too in the face of that. Anyway, thought she had always been portrayed as a clinger and it seems she is anything but. So good for her.

  16. minx says:

    I wonder why they bothered to get married, at their ages, and with their preferences.

  17. Caroline says:

    #14 There is a vast difference between being together 24/7, and living on the opposite side of the country most of the time. Surely you can see that.

    • Wilder says:

      Normally, I’d agree with you… but these people have so much money that flying from California to NY for three days is NOTHING. Perhaps it’s a tiny bit of an inconvenience, but realistically — somebody drives them to the airport in a fancy car, somebody is waiting at the airport to guide them through the “private” security line, and they get to sit in first class, watching a movie and having a glass of champagne. Damn. I’d love to do THAT every weekend!

  18. Ash says:

    man…. I hope not another divorce for jen

    • Rachel in August says:

      Oh, I think they’re fine. I think they suit each other; it’s just too bad someone had to get dumped for it.

  19. TJ says:

    My husband and I spend a lot of time apart and do our own thing and have totally separate lives sometimes. I love it and our marriage is great!! Not everyone has to be together all the time.

  20. Karen says:

    Marriage-business arrangement. Papped in Cabo. They do not seem to have the same values or interests.

    • Busyann says:

      I completely agree. Their marriage reads more business arrangement than anything. I bet when Jen’s popularity wanes even further, they will quietly divorce. She’s not getting as much work these days and you are seeing them less. At a certain point, the gain he received from marrying her will no longer be worth it.

  21. Jayna says:

    How do people really know where they are at all times and how often they see each other when not filming? Lots of people film and see each other on the weekends but aren’t papped every week as proof. I remember I was shocked when I read Justin saying he loves living in California. I guess I thought he moved there more for her. Instead, it sounded like he was into living there, and it didn’t take her twisting his arm to get him there as their main residence.

    US Weekly knows next to nothing anymore.

  22. Blueberry says:

    Works for a lot of ppl in showbiz. See Jeremy Irons and his wife for example, who seem to have an unspoken open arrangement (she said she doesn’t ask about that kind of stuff or whatever). They’re always travelling to film locations and promos, auditions, etc. I don’t think Jen and Justin are open and I don’t think they’re having problems.

  23. Snowflake says:

    I don’t think I could do that. I would miss my husband too much. He’s my best friend. To each, her own though

  24. True tea says:

    I don’t trust us weekly anymore but I think that quote is true. Jennifer doesn’t need to be with her husband much. I think she just likes being married so the media will stop making her seem like a spinster. She doesn’t want a million cats, she doesn’t want kids, she doesn’t want a man 24/7. Justin is probably “allowed” other women as long as he keeps it under wraps. I think she’s asexual or a lesbian. People need to get over it. Not ever woman who looks like a soccer mom has the same desires as YOU do. Some of us just want to be left alone.

  25. SM says:

    I believe they are fine. They designed their marriage this way. They don’t have kids, so it is more than possible they just follow their interests and get together only when they feel like it.

  26. Anare says:

    I see no issue with how they run their marriage. They have the money to jet around to be together when they want. Sounds perfect to me.

  27. Vinot says:

    RuPaul & his husband George live apart a lot of the time and prefer it that way. Whatever works for the couple is nobody else’s business.