Did Chelsea Handler & Jennifer Aniston ‘break up’ because of Justin Theroux?

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The entire time we were so focused on whether Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss broke up, we could have been paying attention to the older Meaner Girl version: did Chelsea Handler and Jennifer Aniston break up? I think they might have. And I think the breakup was somewhat recent, like there was a cooling off period for a year and then a bigger break up a few months ago, at least. Handler a–hole’d her way out of her Netflix gig, just like she did with her E! talk show. You’d think that Handler would be using her connection to book other high profile work, right? But it’s radio silence, almost like her CAA friends have abandoned her. She wasn’t invited to Jennifer’s birthday party goddess circle, nor did she attend Molly McNearney’s birthday party a few days ago, a party which Jennifer attended. So if they did break up, what was the issue?

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are still in the spotlight after officially announcing their breakup on February 15. The former couple has now been plagued by different controversies regarding their marital issues, but it seems that there is one person who thinks that it’s the Friends alum’s fault. They used to be close friends, but the actress cut ties with her when she reportedly found out that her pal was backstabbing her. Chelsea Handler blames her former pal over her split from the Leftovers actor.

According to an insider who recently spoke with Radar Online, Handler believes that Jennifer Aniston was the one who blew up her marriage to Theroux. It is said that the Chelsea Lately host had previously advised her pal to “readjust her expectations and treatment” of the actor. She’d been vocal about it, which was reportedly the main reason why Jen had to cut ties with her. The source added that the Primetime Emmy-winning actress believed that the talk show host is “unsupportive and spiteful.”

The insider added that following Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s split, Handler now feels proud that she had to warn the Bruce Almighty actress about her treatment towards her ex-husband. Now, she feels like Jen owes her an apology.

Handler reportedly spilled secrets about Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s marriage. When The Break-Up actress learned about it, she immediately rejected their years of friendship. On the plus side, Jen has a massive group of girlfriends who have been supporting her after her split from her ex-husband. People reported that she has been surrounded by her pals who already knew their breakup several weeks before they announced it through the actress’ publicist Stephen Huvane.

[From Inquisitr]

Do you buy this? That Chelsea Handler was arguing that Jennifer should treat Justin differently, and that Jennifer needed to adjust her expectations when marrying someone so EDGY? I don’t know. I think it’s more like… Chelsea outlived her usefulness to Jennifer and Jennifer phased her out. Of course, I also think it’s possible that in a rare moment of lucidity, Chelsea was like “don’t marry Justin, you two are completely incompatible” and that wasn’t the narrative Jennifer wanted around her at that time. Whatever. The important thing is that Jen and Chelsea totally broke up. Like Kaylor.

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  1. Plantpal says:

    So, does Chelsea have any friends left?

    • amelia says:

      Garner just did her show this year. Frankly I side eye anyone who was ever friends with this hideous beast of a person.

    • citney says:

      It should read, “Jen has a massive group of fake friends who are also Huvane’s clients”.

  2. tracking says:

    Who knows, there are lots of rumors about the demise of their friendship: from friction between Justin and Chelsea, to JT cheating with Chelsea, to Chelsea being indiscreet about Jen A’s marriage secrets. I find the latter the most plausible, and always wondered if the funny tidbit about Jen A’s annoyance at Justin’s black sprayed hair dye coming off all over the sheets might not have come from Chelsea. Just seems like the kind of thing Chelsea would relate while gossiping or drunk that she might find harmless but would anger Jen A, who expects complete discretion from her goddess circle. But since I buy she expects unconditional support as well, would also not surprise me if this particular story is true.

    • Bridget says:

      I have an inkling that the goddess circle didn’t like Handler. Courtney Cox certainly didn’t.

      • citney says:

        No decent person would like CH.

        Also, Aniston did not need Handler to call Angelina or the JP children filthy names any longer.

    • willowisp says:

      I thought it was Chelsea who originally divulged the couple weren’t legally married and started the whole rumor mill about that?

      In general, Chelsea strikes me as that blabbermouth drunk friend, who, oops, says too much when she’s intoxicated.

      • Suzanne says:

        That’s exactly how I’d perceive her to be too…after all…she’s not famous enough on her own merit…so she has to be a name dropper to be considered IN THE LOOP. Pitiful.

      • willowisp says:

        I wonder if she’s a serious alcoholic.

  3. ariel says:

    I am not a Handler fan. I used to watch her E show, but stopped b/c she was so bullying and mean spirited to her co-stars- the comedians who sat at her round table. Just unrelenting, 8th grade put downs.

    But this rang true to me- the theory that Aniston believes she is always right, and if someone dare say something that she disagreed with, or put her in a bad light- like: if you want this to work, you’re going to have to spend more time in New York, travel to him- you can’t expect him to do all the work and come live your life on your terms in LA-
    Aniston would just cut them out, as she doesn’t want that reality, she wants yes-women who tell her how great she is.

  4. Anners says:

    Not really relevant to the topic, but Aniston seems exhausting. I checked the link to the birthday photos and there she is front and centre in the pic….I know it’s just one shot, but why was Aniston, and not the birthday girl, the centre of attention? I just get the vibe that it’s always “chill” with her, as long as you recognize that she’s always the most important person in the group. That said, Handler is horrifying and should’ve been dropped ages ago.

    • N. says:

      The pictures are really telling. All of them have Jennifer Aniston in the centre. Not the birthday girl, not someone else. Me, me, me.
      You can be my friend but only if it’s all about me, all the time.

      I’ve known girls like her and I was always glad to ditch them.

      • Sullivan says:

        Aniston has always come across as clingy and needy with boyfriends and with her friends.

    • willowisp says:

      I know I’m exhausted by Aniston. Decades years of being daily subjected to her unquenchable fame thirst. Of course I could avoid the fatigue by not reading gossip, so that’s all on me. LOL.

  5. Bridget says:

    They broke up a long time ago (Chelsea has actually talked about it, albeit briefly). That friendship was set up through their reps anyhow, I don’t think Chelsea has any real friends of her own.

    • lolamd says:

      what did she say about it?

      • Jayna says:

        The last time she was on Howard Stern’s show, he was talking to her about her friends and who was off the list and why. He mentioned Jen. If I remember correctly, I think she said Jen wasn’t on the list or off the list. I can’t remember what else she said. She was diplomatic and didn’t say much. Maybe just that they hadn’t been in touch, but made light of it. He moved on.

    • tracking says:

      Apparently Mary McCormack, who seems pretty cool, is Chelsea’s BFF.

      • willowisp says:

        I worked on set with McCormack and she was very cool. Super nice, totally professional.

      • Bridget says:

        I am clearly feeling exceptionally uncharitable today. I didn’t know about Mary M, usually what we see of Chelsea are the friendships she’s been set up with by her management – Aniston (who did seem to actually turn into a real friend for a bit), Bullock, witherspoon, etc were all agency friendships (*using “agency” as a catch all, because I can’t remember if it was through agents, managers, or both).

    • sunnydeereynolds says:

      Yep. She got to hang out with Jen and her girlfriends and upgrade her profile as long as she trashes and bully everyone that Jen doesn’t like in her show. It’s just a business friendship. Always a business deal with Jen just like her now ex husband.

    • Lilly says:

      In my unhealthiest moments, I’d love a friend who would excoriate my perceived enemies. Fortunately for me that feeling doesn’t last long and I forget about the people who I think have wronged me as they move to the dustbin of my life. I appreciate how Handler has highlighted injustices with her platform, but the entire way she was the attack person is not for me. I think Aniston is talented as well, but to have sanctioned those attacks for so long is telling. Still divorce is horrible and I wish her well.

  6. Jayna says:

    One reason to usually end a friendship is because you don’t trust the friend. They betrayed a confidence. I think that could be the reason. Being famous, that is particularly important, to have friends you can trust.

    I know the last time Jen was on Chelsea’s show it was obvious they hadn’t been in touch, that things had cooled down, because Chelsea said they hadn’t talked in quite a while. Jen played it down, like they both had been busy, Chelsea with her new show, etc.

    • Bridget says:

      Chelsea also briefly replaced Courtney Cox when she and Aniston had a falling out. When those 2 mended their friendship, I got the impression that Chelsea got a lot less time.

  7. Talie says:

    I can believe that Chelsea, who seems commitment-phobic, has existed in relationships where you have separate lives and would have some insight. Jennifer seemed like she was in over her head.

    • Oliviajoy1995 says:

      Chelsea seems to have really good friends, but there seems like there is usually a falling out of some kind that always eventually happens. She was good friends with Leah Remini for years, they had a fight that lasted quite some time and now they are okay again. She had a public falling out with Heather McDonald and they are no longer friends either. So not surprised her and Jen aren’t friends anymore. She was pretty close with Reese Witherspoon for a time and they don’t seem to be as chummy any more either.

  8. Kate says:

    Was Handler at JustJen’s wedding and subsequent group honeymoon?
    Anyway, it speaks volume about Jen’s values that she would hang out with such a dreadful woman to begin with. I know that Handler sells herself as woke now but she still called a black little girl a monkey, among other niceties, just because she dislaked her mother.

  9. minx says:

    I also thought this happened a long time ago.
    I don’t think Handler would be a particularly good friend, but I can also see JA not liking it if CH said something JA didn’t like. JA seems like she craves constant approval.

  10. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    That sideboard’s patina in the third pic, behind the petty people, is really close to what I did to a couple of end tables. It looks so pretty in pics. I’m about to tackle a tall lingerie chest, taller than me anyway lol and it actually holds video games, would it be too much? In the pic I see a chair done as well; maybe I should just pick a couple of less prominent shades and go from there. I have no idea.

  11. N. says:

    Jennifer Aniston never had a problem with Chelsea Handler when she publicly called Angelina and her children all kinds of nasty racist slurs.
    The people you hang out with say a lot about the kind of person you are.

  12. DenG says:

    I enjoy the references to Aniston as “The Break Up actress” and “Bruce Almighty actress”. Credentials!

  13. BrandyAlexander says:

    This is so old news. I remember reading this exact story at least a year ago, but without the Justin angle. That Chelsea was talking out of turn about them, and Jen started ghosting her.

  14. truthSF says:

    Well, it’s not like Jen has any more use for her since brangelina broke up!

  15. Tallia says:

    I think CH made a move on JT. Whether it was in a drunken coked out stupor, who knows.

  16. Xtrology says:

    When I heard Chelsea say perfume was toxic on “Chelsea” I knew it was over with her friend Jennifer. Also when Chelsea stopped talking about gaining weight and eating all the time on her E show was about the time she hooked up with Jennifer. So they had specific things they did together and when they went separate ways, over. Chelsea, no matter what you think about her has values, and won’t do certain things to herself and the environment. They just had different beliefs. One of Jen’s was as much money as possible. She will sell anything.

    • N. says:

      Values? Like when Chelsea Handler publicly called Brad’s children racist slurs? Those kind of values? And make no mistake, she was acting on Jennifer’s orders or at leat with her full consent.

      • citney says:


        And tabs are trying to sell the Brad and Jen “reunion” after she had her “friend” call his children racist, filthy names, I think not.

        Brad may have had his problems, but there’s no doubt he loves his children dearly.

  17. Lucy2 says:

    I always got the impression that Chelsea was a user and a social climber, around that time she was trying to be buddy-buddy with a bunch of A listers. She doesn’t seem to be friends with any of them anymore, so either they caught onto her moves, or she badmouthed them or something.
    Some people are just unpleasant. Chelsea really seems like one of those people.

  18. ike says:

    I find it ironic that Chelsea was always bashing Angelina for not having any female friends, and now it appears that Chelsea doesn’t have any, or very few.

  19. Tan says:

    You can tattle your friends’ secrets. That’s a no no. Unless something criminal is going on, gossiping about friends marriage,information she shares with you in confidence: No

    Also friends will not always say yes. Even if they support you doesn’t mean they will not tell you the truth or when you are wrong. You don’t always follow what they say but doesn’t mean friends will always agree with everything you do. That’s the job of lackeys.

    So both were wrong.

  20. CharlotteCharlotte says:

    Chelsea has been busy hanging out in Shannen Doherty’s circle. Since Shannen’s cancer diagnosis, which seemingly Holly Marie Combs couldn’t handle, Chelsea has filled the void. She’s been going on Shannen’s goddess vacations instead.

  21. Philo says:

    I think it’s the last one – she just told the truth that they were pretty fundamentally incompatible and Jen didn’t want to hear it. Maybe both didn’t want to hear it.