After two years of marriage, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announced that they’re separating.
BuzzFeed News reported Thursday that the actors announced the split via a joint statement, saying the decision to separate “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,” Aniston and Theroux said. “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.”
People on Twitter promptly lost their minds over news of their breakup, seemingly overcome by fits of heartbreak and devastation.
Just found out Justin Theroux and Jen Aniston split up. Please respect my privacy at this time. pic.twitter.com/9kjxpDuwQt— orville tootenbacher (@Holm_Alone) February 15, 2018
The one where Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s divorce truly left me SHOOK.— Taylor Banks (@MsTaylorBanks) February 15, 2018
Of course, people also speculated about Aniston’s next move—and the fact that her and her ex-husband Brad Pitt are now both decidedly single for the first time since they divorced in 2005.
My reaction to Jennifer Aniston separation news😭but realized both her and Brad Pitt are single😊 pic.twitter.com/RJj9UWxgxg— Hanii (@HaniLee1) February 15, 2018
Somewhere, Jennifer Aniston is crafting her "Hey, let's grab coffee and catch up" text to Brad Pitt. https://t.co/pXLGo7O4Mp— Madeline Hill (@mad_hill) February 15, 2018
But not everyone was so keen on the idea of a rekindling of the flame between Aniston and Pitt, whose relationship was an emotional roller coaster for anyone invested in tabloid gossip in the early 2000s.
Dear Tabloids,— Kristyn Burtt 💃🏼 (@KristynBurtt) February 15, 2018
Please do not subject us to stories that Jennifer Aniston is getting back together with Brad Pitt.
Everyone deserves a break while dealing with the end of a marriage.
Everyone who lived through the love triangle of 2004-5 pic.twitter.com/xHuchS0N1v
The real question is: What does this breakup for the rest of us?
H/T BuzzFeed News