Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston’s relationship was long, serious, and public, making their split in February difficult. Or, in the words of Theroux himself, “amicable but tiring.” “The good news is that was probably the most—I’m choosing my words really carefully—it was kind of the most gentle separation, in that there was no animosity,” Theroux told the New York Times in a recent profile. “In a weird way, just sort of navigating the inevitable perception of it is the exhausting part.”
It seems that while dealing with the media and the public can take a toll on a relationship, the actual breakup wasn’t the worst. Or at least, they don’t hate each other. “Neither one of us is dead, neither one of us is looking to throw hatchets at each other,” said Theroux. “It’s more like, it’s amicable. It’s boring, but, you know, we respected each other enough that it was as painless as it could be.” In fact, he hinted that he and Aniston may still be friends, or friendly. “It was heartbreaking only in the sense that the friendship would not be the same, as far as just the day to day. But the friendship is shifting and changing, you know, so that part is something that we’re both very proud of.”
Absent a scandal to explain the split, many speculated that it had something to do with Aniston wanting to live and work in Los Angeles, while Theroux preferred the art scene in New York. This recent profile does nothing to put that particular rumor to rest: The Maniac star apparently spends his days walking around Chinatown and the Village, and visiting art galleries and downtown bars. He says that Los Angeles can turn a person “into a house cat.”
Also in the profile, a black denim–clad Theroux “joked with a model in denim micro-shorts” and “bro-hugged” Theroux’s friend the actor Alexander Skarsgard, and then played pool late into the night. He also takes the reporter to the Empire State Building. You know, ironically.
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