Sunday 18, March

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announce separation

Hollywood couple Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are separating after two years of marriage.

"We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship," they 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."

"Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another," the statement added.

The magazine Architectural Digest had just published a feature about the couple's home in Bel Air, Los Angeles.

In it, Aniston is quoted as saying: "I look around at my husband and my dogs and our home, and there's nowhere else I want to be."

Theroux was not interviewed for the piece.

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Aniston starred in the hit TV series Friends, and has appeared in numerous films such as Marley & Me and Horrible Bosses.

This was her second marriage. She was married to fellow actor Brad Pitt for five years, but they divorced in 2005.

Justin Theroux, a cousin of British documentary maker Louis Theroux, is an American actor, writer and director.

He has collaborated with Ben Stiller on the script for Zoolander 2, and starred in the television series The Leftovers.

On TV, he guest-starred in several episodes of Parks and Recreation, and on Broadway he appeared in Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme.


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