Did Jennifer Aniston buy Justin Theroux's "silence forever"? That was the claim made by a website exactly one year ago today. Gossip Cop noted it was untrue when it was first published, and 12 months later it's even more obvious how false it was.
On March 6, 2018, RadarOnline reported Aniston was willing to pay off Theroux to stop him from "speaking out" about her or their marriage. In fact, the site's "source" contended, that with nothing in writing, Aniston was incentivized to give him cash to remove any "temptation" Theroux might have to expose her "dark secrets." The outlet's tipster also asserted Aniston was going to sweeten the deal with enough "hush money" that Theroux could "start anew in New York."
While there was a slim chance Theroux would pen an embarrassing "tell-all," claimed the outlet, Aniston was still prepared to buy his "silence forever." So how much cash did it cost Aniston? The blog never mentioned that. And what were some of the "dark secrets" the actress was supposedly concerned about him revealing? The site couldn't even name one.
That's because the blog or its unnamed, untraceable, and unaccountable "source" seemingly made up the entire phony tale. At the time, Theroux's rep told Gossip Cop the actor had no desire to write a "tell-all" about Aniston. And, as for whether she paid him off with "hush money," Aniston's spokesperson told us on-the-record the site's story was "just another fabrication."
And it became abundantly clear when Theroux gave the New York Times an interview in September how off-base the website was about Aniston having to buy his "silence." He told the paper, "There was no animosity" between him and his estranged wife. "Neither one of us is looking to throw hatchets at each other... It's amicable," he added. And, of course, Theron didn't need Aniston's money, having starred in 2018 alone in The Spy Who Dumped Me, Bumblebee, On The Basis Of Sex, and the Netflix series "Maniac."
RadarOnline doesn't exactly have a stellar record when it comes to reporting about the former "Friends" star or Theroux. In the 365 days since it posted its untrue story about Aniston offering Theroux "hush money" to never share her "dark secrets," Gossip Cop busted the site on numerous occasions. Just a month after that tall tale, for example, the blog wrongly insisted Aniston wanted Theroux back after she failed to rekindle with Brad Pitt.
More recently, the outlet incorrectly maintained Aniston was "desperate" to find a man before her 50th birthday party. But it was completely inaccurate. Aniston herself stressed in an interview with Elle for its January cover that she doesn't feel a "void" in her life because she's single.
Maybe the blog should enforce a little "silence" of its own, rather than churning out bogus articles about Aniston. As noted on several occasions, Gossip Cop looks back at stories from a year before to help readers better weigh which outlets they can and cannot trust. And as we often say, time is not the friend of fabricators, since the truth will always emerge.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.