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Did Jennifer Aniston plot "payback" on Justin Theroux? That was the premise of a made-up cover story exactly one year ago today. At the time, Gossip Cop noted it was untrue. And now 12 months later, it's clear the entire tale was nothing more than tabloid fiction.

On June 17, 2018, Woman's Day published a cover story (below) that maintained Aniston was "plotting her payback" against Theroux for seemingly starting a romance with Emma Stone. The magazine even blared on its front page how the "Friends" star was looking for "sweet revenge" after her estranged husband had been photographed with the Stone. The outlet's alleged "source" further asserted Aniston felt as if Theroux was looking to "hurt" her by intentionally pursuing the La La Land actress, who's a longtime friend of hers.

According to the publication's article from a year ago, there were undeniable "sparks" between Stone and Theroux, prompting Aniston to want to "destroy" Theroux. But, as Gossip Cop noted back then, and it's even more obvious now, the report was 100 percent incorrect. Aniston has done nothing over the past 365 days to indicate she's "plotting her payback" or even has any reason to.

First starters, Theroux and Stone are simply platonic pals who are brand ambassadors for Louis Vuitton and appeared together in the Netflix series "Maniac." In fact, just about three weeks before the phony cover story, in an article about their involvement with Louis Vuitton, Stone said Theroux was "like [a] brother" to her. Additionally, Stone had already begun dating her current boyfriend, comedy writer Dave McCary.

Among the ways the tabloid claimed Aniston was going to "destroy" Theroux was to trash him on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show." Of course, Aniston has been on the talk show since then, and has not said one negative word about him. It also bears mentioning when that inaccurate narrative was first floated, Aniston's rep told Gossip Cop it was false, and it remains that way to this day.

Lastly, three months after the Woman's Day article was published, in each of their respective September interviews, Aniston told InStyle she's "not heartbroken," while Theroux shared with the New York Times how there's "no animosity" between them. As Gossip Cop has stated before, the reason we look back at reports from a year ago is to show how they've fared over time. Mostly, it's to help readers ascertain which publications they can and cannot trust. Once again, that tabloid was shown to be completely wrong.

The magazine did not get any more reliable after that made-up tale. A month later, it absurdly contended Aniston and Brad Pitt had gotten married in secret. The outlet later tried to peddle a ridiculous article about Aniston developing a romance with Leonardo DiCaprio. If you don't mind being duped by tabloids, there are plenty of fictitious reports out there about Aniston. but it you want fact-checked stories about her, there's only one Gossip Cop.

Jennifer Aniston Justin Theroux Revenge

(Woman's Day)

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.

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