The couple, who wed in August 2015, said they intended to keep their decision private, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, they wanted to convey the truth directly.
“This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship.”
The couple, a frequent target of tabloid stories, added in their statement, “Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another.”
The marriage was Theroux’s first and Aniston’s second, she was previously married to actor Brad Pitt for five years.