As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have broken up after just two and a half years of marriage.
On social media and in the tabloids, you can find countless theories about why the actors decided to call it quits, but Jen and Justin have been mum on the issue.
Despite the standard request for privacy, however, sources close to the former couple have been spilling the tea so such reputable media outlets as People.
And so, a clear picture of exactly what went wrong is beginning to emerge, and the details have many fans downright shocked.
In the days after the split, the most common narrative was that Aniston left Theroux for Brad Pitt.
Now, that story is being exposed for the fan fiction that it always appeared to be.
For starters, those who know the couple best say Jen wasn’t the one to pull the plug on the relationship.
“It seems Justin gave up many months ago,” a source close to the actress tells People.
“For the past few months, he has spent very little time in L.A. Jen very recently started telling people that they were over. She seems okay now, but was still hoping as of a few weeks ago that they could figure things out.”
It seems Jen and Justin chose a rather ironic date for their last face-to-face meeting:
“They saw each other late at night on Valentine’s Day in L.A.,” the insider claims.
“They decided together that they would make the announcement the next day. Justin flew on a private jet to L.A. to see Jen one last time.”
The source adds that not only was Justin the one who decided to call it quits, it was his decision to go public with the breakup.
“Jen didn’t want to announce it for as long as possible, because she wanted to avoid the media attention,” says the insider.
“Jen hoped that Justin would be low-key on her birthday so people weren’t wondering why he wasn’t with her. But that’s not Justin’s style,” the informant adds.
“He wanted to make the announcement so he can live his life.”
While we may never find out exactly what caused the actors to part ways, the consensus seems to be that Justin is th one who called it quits.
Given how closely Jen guards her privacy, it might be quite some time before more details emerge.