It was the sepa­ra­tion that no­body saw com­ing – and Jen’s said to be dev­as­tated

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We have to ad­mit, when news broke last week that Ben Stiller and his wife Chris­tine Tay­lor had split af­ter 17 years of mar­riage, we were pretty heart­bro­ken. But not as heart­bro­ken as BFF Jennifer Anis­ton, who’s re­port­edly taken the sepa­ra­tion par­tic­u­larly badly.

Ac­cord­ing to a source speak­ing ex­clu­sively to Look, while Jen, 48, is ‘ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated’ that her friends have de­cided to part ways, it’s also in­stilled fresh new wor­ries about her own mar­riage to 45-yearold Justin Th­er­oux.

‘It’s a huge shock for Jen,’ re­veals a close pal. ‘She’d al­ways looked up to Ben and Chris­tine as be­ing a power cou­ple – Ben was the one who ac­tu­ally in­tro­duced Justin and Jen when they worked on Tropic Thunder to­gether in 2007 and the four have al­ways re­mained very close.

‘It’s mak­ing her worry about her own re­la­tion­ship – if this can hap­pen to Ben and Chris­tine, it can hap­pen to them too. Jen’s not one to over­think things, but this re­ally shook her.’

Justin and Ben have worked to­gether numer­ous times, while Jen’s been close to them both for over a decade – she met Chris­tine on the set of Friends (she played Ross’s love in­ter­est Bon­nie), and she’s been close pals with Ben since co-star­ring with the ac­tor in Along Came Polly way back in 2004.

But while Jen’s said to be do­ing her best to con­sole both Chris­tine and Ben, we can see why their sepa­ra­tion has been play­ing on her mind – af­ter all, the celebrity di­vorce ‘rip­ple ef­fect’ has been a thing in the past. This year alone, Jen’s Friends co-star David Sch­wim­mer sep­a­rated from his wife Zoe Buck­man, and in March Scar­lett Jo­hans­son filed for di­vorce from Ro­main Dau­riac.

‘It’s a ter­ri­ble sce­nario for Jen and Justin, who aren’t stuck for friends but don’t con­fide in a lot of other mar­ried types,’ says our source. ‘They’ve taken this very hard, for sure, and Jen’s just pray­ing it doesn’t have a knock-on ef­fect as far as she and Justin are con­cerned.’

We don’t reckon Jen has any­thing to worry about, though – af­ter all, it was only a cou­ple of months ago that Justin praised his wife in an in­ter­view. ‘Many peo­ple would have crum­bled un­der some of the stresses that have been put on her,’ said Justin. ‘I’m very proud of her for that, for the way she han­dles her­self.’ Th­ese two are def­i­nitely in it for the long haul…

It’s a huge shock. Jen looked up to them

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Ben and Chris­tine mar­ried in 2000

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