TAB: Courteney Cox & Jennifer Aniston “Rift” Caused By Justin Theroux

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By Shari Weiss

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“For two decades, nothing could come between former ‘Friends’ co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox — but now it looks like Jen’s fiancé Justin Theroux has managed to create a rift,” declares the National Enquirer rather dramatically.

According to the supermarket tabloid, Aniston “skipped” out on Cox’s recent birthday party because “control-freak Justin wants her to stop hanging out with all her old pals — and Cox is so upset she’s ready to kiss the friendship goodbye for good.” Sound familiar? It should. The Enquirer’s sister publication Star tried peddling similar nonsense last December, wrongly alleging Aniston had “ditched” her friends, including Cox, for Theroux’s buddies.

Now, the Enquirer is attempting to put a fresh spin on the tired claim, quoting a so-called “insider” as saying Aniston’s “absence” from Cox’s June 16 bash was “the talk of the party.” The supposed snitch claims Aniston was invited, but then allegedly gave “a lame excuse of being tired” for why she bailed. Cox “later learned the truth,” reports the Enquirer, which says the real reason in that Theroux wants Aniston to “freshen up her friends list,” and “gave her so much grief about going to the party that she finally decided to decline the invitation.” “Courteney is sick of forgiving and forgetting,” says the mag’s “insider,” adding, “She’s been slighted by Jen one too many times now.”

Interestingly, the magazine can’t muster up one example of Cox being “slighted” besides the alleged party diss. Why? Because Aniston and Cox — who appeared together in a bit for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” just last month — remain friends. Furthermore, a source close to Theroux tells Gossip Cop it’s completely “not true” that he’s encouraging Aniston to dump to Cox or any other friend.

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