Their split made headlines all over the world, and while Jennifer Aniston has spoken about their marriage breakdown, Justin Theroux has now for the first time addressed their break up.
The actor, who stars in new Netflix series Maniac, has admitted the split was “heartbreaking” in a new interview.
After five years together the couple split in February, and speaking to the New York Times, Justin said it was difficult but the break up was amicable.
“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…
“In a weird way, just sort of navigating the inevitable perception of it is the exhausting part… Again, neither one of us is dead, neither one of us is looking to throw hatchets at each other…
“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.
“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,” he added.
Since the split, Justin has been linked to a few well-known names, most recently to his Maniac co-star Emma Stone.
The pair were spotted holidaying together in France, and were seen leaving the MET Gala together.
And on recent red carpets for their new show, the actors have stood far away from each other – so not to be pictured together.
Earlier this month, Jennifer opened up about being single and hinted that there may be medical reasons for why she hasn’t had children.
“It’s pretty crazy. The misconceptions are ‘Jen can’t keep a man,’ and ‘Jen refuses to have a baby because she’s selfish and committed to her career.’ Or that I’m sad and heartbroken…
“First, with all due respect, I’m not heartbroken. And second, those are reckless assumptions. No one knows what’s going on behind closed doors…”
“No one considers how sensitive that might be for my partner and me. They don’t know what I’ve been through medically or emotionally,” she explained.
“There is a pressure on women to be mothers, and if they are not, then they’re deemed damaged goods. Maybe my purpose on this planet isn’t to procreate.
“Maybe I have other things I’m supposed to do,” she added.