After two and a half years of marriage, actors Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have officially separated.
According to a report filed by ABC News, the couple released a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday through a publicist that the decision to split "was mutual and lovingly made
Aniston and Theroux made the announcement publicly in an effort to reduce any further speculations.
The statement read,
"In an effort to reduce any further speculation, we have decided to announce our separation. This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship.
They further added,
"Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly. Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another."
This is how Twitter reacted:
"The one where Brad and Angelina are both single in 2018."
Why would people want Jennifer Aniston to reunite with Brad Pitt? Did they forget that he cheated on her? #JenniferAniston— Demi (@BratPackz88) February 16, 2018
After their engagement in 2012, the couple had got married in 2015 and have no children.