A story claiming Jennifer Aniston wants to pay Justin Theroux millions of dollars to accept a “gag order” is both late and wrong. Gossip Cop already busted this allegation earlier this month. Now we can set the record straight again.
“Justin Gagged? Jen’s $6.7M Divorce Payoff,” reads a headline in the latest issue of OK! Australia. The article begins by asserting that Aniston is “worth more than $200 million, so $6.7 million to stop her ex-husband from talking would be a drop in the ocean” for her. The tabloid then claims that’s the amount she is “offering” Theroux “in return for a clean break.”
The magazine admits it is copying this information from the U.S. edition of OK!, which on July 11 Gossip Cop called out for featuring an untruthful story about Aniston paying Theroux $5 million to stop a tell-all. In that original report, it was alleged the actor stood to make that much money if he wrote a book about their relationship. To keep him quiet, it was claimed Aniston wanted to “buy his silence.”
Now the debunked allegations are being regurgitated Down Under, where readers may be unaware this information is old and untrue. This article uses some of the same quotes as the U.S. version, but alters them slightly. For example, in the first story, a so-called “source” was quoted as saying, “Jen values her privacy and is paranoid about her image, especially now after the collapse of another marriage.” Here, the line from a purported insider is cut down to, “Jen values her privacy and is paranoid about her image, especially after the collapse of her marriage.” In another instance, a quote that was, “She knows anything Justin says about her, no matter how innocent, could be turned into something savage” is changed to, “She knows anything Justin says about her in the future, no matter how innocent, could be turned into something savage.”
The alterations, however minor they may seem, show that the tabloid is being disingenuous and deceptive. That said, a quotation declaring, “She wants a gag order,” remains the same, and clearly inspired the headline used by the Australian edition. And the bottom line remains the same, too: No matter what words are added, taken away or kept, Aniston still isn’t paying Theroux $6.7 million ($5 million in American dollars) to keep his mouth shut.
Both of their individual spokespeople separately confirmed to Gossip Cop on the record that the narrative was “absurd,” and Aniston’s rep went even further by deeming the storyline a “fabrication.” Theroux’s spokesperson also called it “false.” We also explained that this idea of a pay-off to stop “The Leftovers” star from spilling in a tell-all was first inaccurately peddled in March by RadarOnline, which is run by the same company as the American OK!.
We further detailed why the publications weren’t trustworthy, and now it must be noted that OK! Australia isn’t credible, either. In fact, this isn’t even the first time the tabloid has tried to dupe readers with late and wrong claims about the “Friends” star. Back in January, the magazine spread fake news about Aniston meeting Brad Pitt’s kids, an entirely made-up story that was first concocted by In Touch in the U.S. As Gossip Cop said then, there is no excuse for repeating false claims when they’ve already been corrected.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.