Jennifer Aniston will ‘absolutely’ not try dating apps, will ‘stick to the normal ways of dating’

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I’m still incredibly curious as to why Jennifer Aniston is on the cover of this week’s People Magazine. They sat down and did an exclusive interview with her, and they’re parcelling out the quotes over multiple articles. It’s clear that she’s nominally promoting The Morning Show’s second season (which doesn’t start until September) and her gig as Vital Proteins’ chief creative officer. But there’s a weird vibe about the cover article, like something is going unsaid, or like something is about to be announced. With this new excerpt from the cover story, I’m half-way wondering if Jen is about to rollout a new relationship:

Jennifer Aniston is opening up about her dating life. The Friends actress, 52, is open to falling in love, but tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue that dating apps are not her preferred method for finding someone.

“Absolutely no,” she says with a laugh when asked if she would ever use the apps. “I’m going to just stick to the normal ways of dating. Having someone ask you out. That’s the way I would prefer it.”

As for whether she would be interested in getting married again, Aniston says she’s prioritizing being with a “fantastic partner.”

“Oh God, I don’t know,” she says. “It’s not on my radar. I’m interested in finding a fantastic partner and just living an enjoyable life and having fun with one another. That’s all we should hope for. It doesn’t have to be etched in stone in legal documents.”

Aniston was previously married to Brad Pitt from 2000-05. She split from second husband Justin Theroux in 2018 after more than two years of marriage and nearly seven years together.

[From People]

One, I believe that Aniston probably likes to date and meet people the “old-fashioned” way. She probably likes being set up by friends, that would be my guess. I’m not expecting Aniston to get exposed by some 20-year-old beefcake on Raya, let’s put it that way. And I’d be willing to bet that we’re going to get some boyfriend rollout this year, perhaps a summer romance to dissect and have some fun with.

As for “It doesn’t have to be etched in stone in legal documents…” Curious, right? I’ve long believed that Jennifer and Justin Theroux’s “wedding” was one big media stunt. No paperwork was filed on the “marriage” or the “divorce.” Aniston-fans are always like “so what, no one *has* to get married and good for her for not making it official.” Sure. But then why the over-the-top coverage of their bold-face “wedding” if it was just a loosey-goosey commitment ceremony? Why did they refer to each other as wife, wifey and “my husband” ad nauseum? I don’t get why there has never been any follow-up on it either. Anyway.

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  1. EnormousCoat says:

    Yeah, bc the “normal” way is working out. What’s abnormal about a dating app anyway? She’s allowed her preference, of course, but dating apps are standard and have been for some time – meeting the person of your dreams at Central Perk isn’t. We are all busy!

    • Esmom says:

      I hear you, a number of my friends have found their partners on dating apps. But being a celeb adds a different element to it, I’d guess. Also she’s probably not busy in the same way non-celebs are and has more of a chance of meeting someone the “normal” celeb way, through an agent or publicist.

    • Nina says:

      The issue being that she doesn’t understand dating apps because she never needed them. With her huge social circle and her level of fame, she can afford meeting someone the old fashioned way. Us mortals can’t.

      Male stars on Raya are different, they are there mostly to find lowkey hookups

    • Whitecat says:

      Ive met my now husband through a dating app – no shame, and we have a kid together! It’s really the standard, plus it’s probably the easiest way to meet outside of your own pool of contacts and circles. Many of my friends and family have had or are in relationships that started on apps. If anything, it’s the new normal.

      • Darla says:

        Yeah definitely. I’m going to join one in the fall, after my hot vaxxed summer. I am holding auditions for a summer 21 fboy, but they haven’t gone that well. It’s always something, they have bad breath, they’re trumpsters, whatever.

      • Becks1 says:

        I know SO many people who met on dating apps (and are now married etc.) They were just starting to become a thing when I met my husband, I think I joined Match for a few months but felt awkward about actually meeting someone through it, but I think now, 15 years later, its just how it is for many people.

      • lucy2 says:

        It’s definitely become the new normal, but I remember when it was starting out, it was like hush hush if people met that way, like it was embarrassing or something. Which is silly, but it was like that for a while. Considering Jen’s older than I am, and has probably never even needed to browse one, I’m not surprised she isn’t interested in them.

        Is a wedding/commitment ceremony really a media stunt if you never release photos from it and don’t tip off anyone ahead of time?

    • questions says:

      Apps are good for regular people. I doubt they’re great for famous people. I could be wrong but I feel a woman would have to be careful. The men like Mathew Perry and Ben Affleck clearly aren’t, but they seem like they don’t care if people think they’re tools.

    • ItReallyIsYou,NotMe k8 says:

      I wish she chose a less pejorative term than “normal.” Say “traditional way” and avoid offending the millions of people who do meet through dating apps.

    • SarahCS says:

      THIS. Dating apps ARE normal these days. Sure they’re not for everyone but this feels very judgemental.

    • girl_ninja says:

      Since Central Perk is pretend I’m thinking she’s referring to be set up by friends like Kaiser suggested. You probably don’t like her but there is no need to belittle her concerns or thoughts regarding dating.

    • Meg says:

      Yeah i feel a bit offended at her word choice here. she sounds like rachel green here too expecting the guy to ask her out? How many of us are approached by men who arent just looking for a hookup and want to genuinely get to know us and are respectful? Hardly ever, and ive had little to no success approaching myself so dating apps are necessary for many of us.

    • Aphra says:

      Since when is “NORMAL” sitting around waiting to be asked out? Can she not ask someone out? What a regressive, anti-feminist comment JA made! I’m seriously shocked.

      • Darla says:

        So, personally I don’t find it anti-feminist. Possible unfeminist. I don’t know. I’m pretty feminist believe me and I don’t ask men out. I think it’s great for women who do it, I guess it’s just not for me.

    • Amy Too says:

      Just yesterday I watched the episode of friends where Rachel is chatting with some cute guy at Central Perk, and Ross, who doesn’t want her to date anyone except him, walks up and pretends to be a guy she met on an online dating site who got the day of their date mixed up. He says stuff like “you’re so much prettier than you led on in your profile,” or something. And the whole joke was just that being on an online dating site was so gross and desperate and weird that the cute guy she was talking to was immediately scared off and left.

  2. Sierra says:

    I agree with her but with the lockdown for almost 1 year, most have been forced to try dating apps to meet new people.

    • Katherine says:

      Forced is a strong word…

      • Sierra says:

        Not really because I know several people, who would never go on these apps normally, joining because they got lonely during lockdown.

      • Katherine says:

        They could just wait it out or meet people in other ways, like, men where still hitting on me at the grocery store, one guy managed to convince me to exchange emails and kept messaging for months. I’m generally waiting this out though, I like it the way Jen describes it. I just think people have other options and don’t have to resort to dating apps if they really don’t like to use them.

    • Aphra says:

      “Forced” is not a strong word. Almost two years of lockdown, no bars, restos, workpalce flirtations meant people for whom relationships are important/ babies won’t wait etc etc were FORCED to find alternative ways of connecting with potential romantic partners. “Wait it out” what nonsense that advice is esp for young people.

      • Katherine says:

        Well, young people have all the time in the world lol, I get women in mid-30s who want children with bio clocks ticking and all, but everyone else? There’s no rush. Plus, like I commented above, people still hit on me in stores and a few times in the street. If you are open to it, you don’t have to go to a bar, what kind of relationship do you get out of a bar meet anyway… And workplace flirtations are a horrible idea for all involved and people should know better. That said, what’s stopping you from flirting on zoom? A few of my coworkers hit on me at work meetings, which is a hard pass, but I guess if one feels “forced” because they don’t have workplace flirtations and bars anymore….

  3. Darla says:

    Man I love the flirtation and slow burn. But these days with Covid shutting down all my in person networking, and the fact that I work from home…it’s unlikely. But I get what she’s saying anyway.

  4. Esmom says:

    What a strange (mis)match she and Justin were.

    • Twin falls says:

      He’s so hot. I would fake marry him in a heartbeat and amicably walk away when the sex rush was over.

  5. Darla says:

    I’m sitting here thinking about Raya now. ARE there any men for someone like Aniston, or a Sharon Stone on there? Or any woman celebrity, younger ones too? We know there are tons of very young and beautiful Instagram women on there, but what about men? Is it just like, Ben Affleck when he’s not hooked up and Matthew Perry? lol. I bet this is just one more thing that’s totally weighted in men’s favor, seriously.

  6. Katherine says:

    I totally understand the desire to be asked out, there’s something powerful about that when it happens in person, not on an app. The grand total of three times I tried dating apps, I’ve deleted them within a few days and never met with anybody from there, it just isn’t working for me that way.

  7. Nina says:

    Honestly, I’d love to see her with some young, fun beefcake for the summer. Not with old dried up wannabes like her ex’s Brad, Justin…

  8. questions says:

    After seeing Matthew Perry get exposed, she’s smart not to use a dating app.

    Unless there are equally rich men on there as her, an app doesn’t serve its purpose to her the way it does for other people.

  9. Jax says:

    I’m with Jen. Dating apps are disgusting and bad.

  10. KNy says:

    I mean, she can’t be discreet on a dating app because she is super famous. Tons of people would swipe right just to have a chat with her. Would she handle herself better than Ben Affleck and Matthew Perry? Of course. But it would be a minefield.

  11. LOL says:

    Is Rachel Green still shilling her CAA written bio. Same old BS, and suckers still get sucked into it.

    • Darla says:

      I hope you and your friend from yesterday who I’m sure will be along shortly, have someone to confide in.

    • Blues says:

      @lol same wash rinse and repeat. It’s the only thing she has to stay relevant. She appeals to a certain type of woman because she has been the poster child for the sad lonely victim divorcee who was left for a more beautiful woman.
      Blaming the woman and seeking some strange revenge is par for her course. She will sing this song even from her grave. Smdh.
      Please stop snd show some strength.
      Her life STILL revolves around a 90’s tv show , her ex husband Brad snd a sad obsession with Angelina Jolie.

      • Kate says:

        Jen: I’m really happy and content with my life. I have everything I need in my friends and my dogs. Love my new show also.

        Random internets: What a sad lonely victim. What an absolute revenge-seeking hag who is clearly still obsessed with her ex and his now-ex. She needs to get over her old tv show.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        where is she blaming any woman for anything and/or seeking revenge in this interview?

        and please show me where she mentioned Jolie. I don’t think anyone on this post/thread did until YOU did.

      • Darla says:

        “She appeals to a certain type of woman because she has been the poster child for the sad lonely victim divorcee who was left for a more beautiful woman.”

        This is exactly why I like Jen! This is me to a T. It’s almost like you know me. I’m like doing a Jeff Spicoli WHOA right now. It’s like, wow.

      • Lola says:

        “She appeals to a certain type of woman because she has been the poster child for the sad lonely victim divorcee who was left for a more beautiful woman.”

        Sorry, but I genuinely laughed out loud at this comment. It comes from the mindset of painting BRAD PITT as a major prize and we should all compete and be jealous of the lucky woman who could land someone like him.

        I don’t care about either Aniston or Jolie, but I think whoever spent the fewer years with bloated, alcoholic, ham-faced, Botoxed, and dumb as a box of rocks abuser Brad Pitt, is better off.

        I think Aniston’s life hanging out in her mansion with her friends and dogs, eating amazing chef-cooked food sounds like many women’s dream life, not catering to narcissist abuser smelly Brad Pitt. And I think Jolie’s life also sounds like many women’s dream life, flying all over the world working for women and children who are trying to survive in war zones, no longer catering to abusive moron Brad Pitt.

        They both sound like they have very nice lives and are very happy. I think it’s monumentally stupid to fakely pit them against each other some how or act like an alcoholic with poor hygiene is something either of them want in their lives or regret not having.

    • Jules says:

      whaat?

  12. Maria says:

    Well. I’m here just to say that the pic’s cover is beyond AWFUL. Why nobody is talking about it? She is a beautiful woman and the pic is tremendously unfortunately bad. lol

  13. cassandra says:

    Dating sucks no matter what method you choose. There’s a 30 Rock quote where Liz Lemon says she just wants to wake up one day 5 years into a relationship and damn if that ain’t me right now haha.

    Signed,
    An actively dating 30 year old.

    *It should be noted that I just got rejected after what I thought were some great dates so I am salty

    • Darla says:

      I have been writing a lot about Gen X and dating post-Covid. I guess at my age, when I’m past worrying about a biological clock or anything like that, I find it more funny than anything. Truest thing ever said is that it’s all timing, and whether his (or her) light is on. Like, the taxi light you know? It’s never you cassandra. So don’t worry about that guy. And oh look – there’s another one now!

      • lili says:

        My mum says this. She is divorced happy and chill. I’m the opposite! Too much nerves and timing is key but still many more great women that guys.

  14. girl_ninja says:

    I just jumped off of all my dating apps because they are crap. It’s so difficult dating period. In real live and virtually. I want a partner and none of the men that I’m meeting or not meeting seem to want what I do.

  15. February-Pisces says:

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with dating apps, I think the days of going out and meeting people in a club might be over, at least for people over 30 anyway. But I think if I was Jen Aniston I wouldn’t go on a dating app, she’s too famous, who is she realistically going to meet there?

  16. Justjj says:

    Most of us peasants are far too busy working, trying to exist, and trying to take basic care of ourselves, than to date or meet people in any other way. She looks great. I’m here for her, J.Lo, and hopefully a continuing host of other women in the spotlight, redefining aging and life after 50.

  17. Meg says:

    of course she may not like dating apps because then no electronic ‘paper’ trail discussing the PR relationship can be released lol

  18. Katherine says:

    Is it just me or did Justin look extra hot when with Jen? That crisp white shirt and just how fresh he looks here with her, loving it

    • Justjj says:

      Idk why I never thought he was hot, maybe bc he vaguely resembles a boy I had a thing with and really liked in college, who played me and then immediately moved to NYC :[ I do think she made him look better tho!

  19. WintryMix says:

    I totally get what she means, but “the normal way” really rubs me the wrong way. It’s more like “the old-fashioned way” as you said, Kaiser. That would would have been a much better and frankly more accurate way to put it. As someone in my 40s who met my spouse on match. com back when that was still a little bit eyebrow-raising, this *may* be a sensitive subject for me, I admit!

  20. iconoclast59 says:

    My take on the Aniston/Theroux “marriage”: it was a setup to kill once and for all the “poor Jen” narrative that persisted *years* after Brad left her for Angie. In that regard, it succeeded beautifully; now the press only talks about how happy and fulfilling her life is. She’s with CAA, right? I think CAA has been quietly working with the tabs to make sure no pesky questions about divorce paperwork are raised.

  21. 123qwerty says:

    She’s promoting her new protein product with more poor Jen and leveraging the Pitt split.

    She needs a nice rich guy in another field of who’s private, stays in the background and occasionally says he’s proud if her.

    • lili says:

      Apparently that’s tough since a nic rich another guy in another field can choose younger insta models, other successful women. Great women > great men.

  22. Lena says:

    I read a blind in deuxmoi that I thought might be her. I think your on to something- that the cover might be the laying down of a roll out. It said something to the effect that an A-list actress who’s been single a long time has been seen many times with a civilian guy visiting her in her trailer while she’s been filming her series. Okay I agree she should have said ‘old fashioned way’ not ‘normal way’ but I don’t think apps are the way to go when you’re a famous woman either. It’s blowing up in guys faces too so maybe I should extend that to all famous people should stay away from apps as well as sliding into random’s DMs. The chance of your privacy being invaded by someone who wants their five minutes is too great.

    • Darla says:

      Lena I thought that blind was about her too. I also think the A lister who flew his civilian gf over to Europe is Evans filming the Grey Man. I think that’s going to roll out this year too.

    • Chanteloup says:

      How exhausting must it be to have to lay down a “rollout” of whatever relationship you’re having?
      Guess it’s a good thing I’m not “A list” [whatever that is] – I could not do it. My poor publicist would have to deal with “This is who I’m dating now, the public can like it or not, fuck it.” Seriously isn’t she rich and famous enough now that she doesn’t have to try to suck up to public opinion. Gah.

  23. You Know Me says:

    Ugh. So overrated. Also, she needs to stop messing with her face. Yeesh.

  24. New_Kay says:

    I was reading up about how John Mayer called a press conference when they broke up (among many of the other problematic things he’s done), but one of the things he said about her that stuck out to me was how much of a technophobe she was and how out of touch she was with the real world and technology. So I can see her being completely adverse to dating apps.

    • Jayna says:

      I’d rather be like her. She thought he spent too much time on twitter and tweeting. She didn’t get it. His head was probably always bent down looking at his phone.

      As far as dating and apps, imo if you are in your early 50s and ultra famous, I don’t see t he upside to someone like Jennifer using a dating app, even on Raya. She’s private. She would have to be open to all the crap that goes with dating apps. I can’t see her on a dating app, just like I can’t see many celebrity women on them, especially at a acertain age. Sharon Stone seemed to be really over her experience on it. and the jerks on it.

      For the younger generation(s), it’s more the norm that if you’re single you are on a dating app, combined with having a social life also.

    • 123qwerty says:

      That was like 20 years ago.

  25. Bobbie says:

    Good luck meeting anybody the “natural way” after about age 28 or 30.

  26. JillyBean says:

    She’s just old school…. nothing wrong with that