On Thursday, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux confirmed that they were splitting up, calling time on their relationship after two and a half years of marriage and around seven years as a couple.
In a statement released through a representation that was designed ‘to reduce any further speculation’ on the subject, the couple revealed that they had ‘decided to announce [their] separation,’ a decision which 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 wrote, adding that ‘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.’
NOW READ: Jennifer Aniston And Justin Theroux's Relationship In Pictures
Jennifer smiles as the couple leave a New York restaurant, shortly after it is confirmed that they are dating.
Despite the former couple’s best efforts, however, it was only ever going to be a matter of time before said gossip industry went into over drive to unpick the potential reasons behind the split. One theory has already emerged – and no, it doesn’t involve a reunion with Brad Pitt.
According to a new report in Entertainment Tonight, the split may have had its roots in a disagreement over where the couple should call home: New York, or Los Angeles.
A source told the publication that Justin ‘much prefers being [in New York] and that’s been a major issue for them for a long time. Justin has a very diverse friend group, and he likes that they aren’t all in the industry […] It’s an eclectic group and he doesn’t have that type of network in L.A.’
Jennifer’s heart, meanwhile, has always remained on the West Coast, and the uncontrollable paparazzi situation in New York made things uncomfortable, according to this source.
‘She just never really could get settled in. She wasn’t happy [in New York],’ they added. ‘He was bicoastal, she was not.'