One of this week's tabloids claims Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's split is "dividing Hollywood" as their famous friends choose sides and their teams attempt to keep them apart. The premise is completely untrue. Gossip Cop can debunk it.
Aniston attended Netflix's pre-Emmys party on September 15, but Theroux wasn't at the event, despite him co-starring on the new Netflix series "Maniac." According to Grazia, the actor's absence was a direct result of his estranged wife insisting he not be there. An alleged insider tells the magazine, "Jen made it clear that she would prefer that Justin was not in attendance. It's an ongoing headache for their respective teams as Jen is doing increasingly more TV work on Netflix and so their paths are inevitably entwined going forward."
What the magazine doesn't mention is that Theroux attended the world premiere of "Maniac" in London just two days before the Emmys party. The actor was back in New York City later that week to attend another screening of the show. "Maniac" is a brand new series that doesn't qualify for this year's Emmy Awards, and the actor been supporting the project by attending various red carpet premieres.
Still, the unreliable outlet contends that it's become a "logistical nightmare" keeping Aniston and Theroux apart, not just for their teams but for their mutual friends as well. The magazine's questionable source says their celebrity friends "will be showing who has remained loyal to who, especially when they're out on the showbiz party circuit in the months to come."
From there, the outlet says that the celebrities on "Team Jen" include George Clooney, Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Sandler and Jason Bateman, while those on "Team Justin" include Emma Stone, Sienna Miller and Aubrey Plaza. The supposed tipster adds, "Justin is aware that Jen is being quite territorial when it comes to her clique."
However, the famous names mentioned are just the people who've been spotted with either Aniston or Theroux over the past few months. The notion that they're picking "teams" is simply ridiculous. The "source" concludes, "Everyone involved is hoping that over time this is going to be less of a thorny issue."
This idea that everyone in Hollywood is caught in an alleged battle between Aniston and Theroux simply isn't true. In fact, Theroux said in a New York Times profile earlier this week that there's "no animosity" between him and his estranged wife. "Neither one of us is looking to throw hatchets at each other," the actor told the publication.
Theroux added, "It's amicable. It's boring, but, you know, we respected each other enough that it was as painless as it could be." The actor further noted that both he and Aniston are "very proud" of how they've remained cordial throughout their divorce. Hollywood isn't being divided by two people who aren't at odds. Regardless, Gossip Cop checked in with Aniston's rep, who tells us on the record that the tabloid's story is "all made-up."
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.