Jennifer Aniston and her husband Justin Theroux announced in a statement Thursday that they were separating after being married for two and a half years.
“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,” the statement shared by Aniston’s publicist read, the Associated Press reported. (RELATED: PHOTOS: Jennifer Aniston Rocks Paris In Leather Outfit)
“Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative,” the statement added. “Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another.”
The celebrity duo married in August 2015 and in the statement shared that they made the mutual decision to separate last year.
“This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year,” the statement read. “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 met during the filming of “Wanderlust” in 2011 and got engaged in August of 2012. They do not have any children.
The marriage was Theroux’s first and the former “Friends” star’s second. She was previously married to Brad Pitt for five years.