Jennifer Aniston and Chelsea Handler are still friendly, despite a series of reports claiming the stars have gone from "friends to enemies." Gossip Cop has exclusively learned that while distance has come between them, there is no "feud," contrary to what the gossip media is leading fans to believe.
Most of the stories about Aniston and Handler having a falling-out have come from RadarOnline. On June 28, the site blared, "Jennifer Dumps Chelsea! Inside Aniston & Handler's Explosive Falling Out." That was followed on June 29 by a headline exclaiming, "'Friends' To Enemies! Inside Jennifer Aniston & Chelsea Handler's Failed Womance."
On June 30, the webloid announced, "'Friends' To Enemies: Jen & Chelsea Handler's Final Fight Revealed." Then, after taking a break from such stories, the online outlet resumed posting its sensational tales this week. On July 11, an article was titled, "Team Aniston! Jen's Friends Freeze Out Chelsea Handler After Bitter Feud." And today, July 13, a headline declares, "Chelsea Handler Feels At Fault For Bitter Split From BFF Jennifer Aniston."
That's five pieces to date, although they don't all allege the same thing. The first two reports suggested Aniston might have done Handler wrong, as RadarOnline quoted Handler as saying in an interview, "If you lie to me or you lie about me, I can't take that... I'm a really good friend and expect the same in return." But in the three subsequent stories, the blame for this purported "feud" was placed on Handler.
In those versions, a "betrayed" Aniston gave Handler the "boot" after learning the comedienne was supposedly spilling secrets about her. And while the very first article said Handler "already replaced her BFF" with other A-listers, that was contradicted in the later stories, which claimed she was struggling to keep other friendships in the wake of her alleged dust-up with Aniston. But it seems the only one really at fault is the disreputable publication, whose claims were picked up by lemmings like X17, AceShowbiz, Celeb Dirty Laundry, Celebrity Insider and Metro, among others.
The allegations were also spread by RadarOnline's sister publication, the National Enquirer. And Wednesday's story is already dominating Google, with prominent placement in its "Top Stories" section when one searches for "jennifer aniston chelsea handler" (see screengrab below). Through it all, though, not one of these places has bothered to find out if the contentions are even true. Gossip Cop, on the other hand, spent the last two weeks investigating.
We've now learned that nothing dramatic happened between Aniston and Handler, despite all the nonsense about an "explosive falling out" and "final fight." Rather, it seems the pair has simply grown apart. "There has been no fight or feud. They don't talk as much as they used to but they still have a friendship," one source exclusively tells Gossip Cop.
Another contact confirms there's little truth to the "ridiculous narrative the tabloids have created." Well, RadarOnline often traffics in ridiculousness. A year and a half ago, Gossip Cop busted the site for falsely claiming Handler was trying to steal Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" job. This is also the same outlet that last year wrongly insisted Aniston was pregnant. The webloid has proven to be anything but a reliable resource for real news on either star. That's another reason to take these Aniston-Handler "feud" stories with a grain of salt.
Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.