Dumped af­ter her first an­niver­sary

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Not again! Jen­nifer Anis­ton faces more heart­break as her sec­ond mar­riage crum­bles

It was the epit­ome of a low-key birth­day — at first. In early Au­gust, Justin Th­er­oux flew back to LA from Aus­tralia, where he’s been shoot­ing the fi­nal sea­son of his HBO se­ries The Left­overs, to cel­e­brate his first wed­ding an­niver­sary with Jen­nifer Anis­ton on Aug. 5 and his 45th birth­day on Aug. 10. “So on his birth­day, they in­vited a few friends and their dogs over for a ca­sual din­ner party,” a friend of the cou­ple’s ex­clu­sively tells In Touch. “It wasn’t ter­ri­bly ex­cit­ing, though, and it was over be­fore 11 p.m. Jen was so dis­ap­pointed that at the end of it, she ex­ploded.”

She re­ally laid into Justin. “She called him out for be­ing a grump all week and for ru­in­ing what should have been a bliss­ful time to­gether,” says the friend, ad­ding that Justin tried to ex­plain that it had been tough for him to break off from work for a week and fly nearly 8,000 miles, “But Jen wasn’t hav­ing it.” In the end, says the friend, he left Jen, 47, to re­turn to the Mel­bourne set of The Left­overs. “She got dumped. They have spo­ken since, but only briefly and curtly. Jen was dev­as­tated. It’s over.”

Things hit a new low even be­fore Justin re­turned to LA. “Jen was ex­pect­ing him to plan some­thing spe­cial but he didn’t. In fact, he to­tally for­got it was their an­niver­sary al­to­gether,”

says an in­dus­try in­sider. “He was set to be work­ing that day. Jen didn’t ex­pect to spend their first an­niver­sary alone, which is what al­most hap­pened. Justin was in his trailer talk­ing to her on the phone and ex­plain­ing he has been work­ing non­stop and it had to­tally slipped his mind. That didn’t go over well with Jen. She re­ally lost it. It was ob­vi­ous their an­niver­sary was way more im­por­tant to her than Justin.”

They were fight­ing for hours. “It clearly wasn’t some­thing he was go­ing to be able to fi x over the phone,” says the in­dus­try in­sider, “so Justin even­tu­ally got on a flight back to LA so he could fi x things with Jen.” Adds a friend: “That gave her some hope for their trou­bled mar­riage.”

But it would be short-lived. Be­fore Justin’s bor­ing birth­day, their an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions were

dis­as­trous, too. On their ac­tual an­niver­sary, Aug. 5, Jen and Justin “had a mild, early-to-bed evening,” ex­plains the friend. The next night, they had din­ner at Jen’s beloved Madeo Ital­ian eatery where Justin seemed “list­less and un­happy to be there,” says the friend.

Their prob­lems started right af­ter they fi­nally got mar­ried fol­low­ing a three-year en­gage­ment. “Wed­ding ring or not, Justin and Jen have been lead­ing sep­a­rate lives,” says the friend. Dur­ing their first 140 days as hus­band and wife, “They spent al­most 119 days apart, of­ten in dif­fer­ent cities. It feels like they’ve spent more time apart than they have to­gether since mar­ry­ing, and Justin prefers it that way.”

They only ap­peared on a hand­ful of red car­pets to­gether and have missed some sig­nif­i­cant ca­reer mo­ments. Jen wasn’t there for Justin’s big Zoolan­der 2 promo tour of Europe in Fe­bru­ary or his Pe­abody Award ap­pear­ance in NYC in May — and he wasn’t with Jen for her big Mother’s Day premiere in LA in mid-april. “Al­though they did spend some time to­gether in New York, Vir­ginia and the Ba­hamas in June,” adds the friend, “Jen was be­yond un­happy and felt re­sent­ful” when she went to ro­man­tic Italy alone in late July to re­ceive a life­time achieve­ment award at the Gif­foni Film Fes­ti­val. “She wanted Justin by her side. It was like a sad sec­ond hon­ey­moon with­out the groom.” (On Aug. 21, he was spot­ted shop­ping in Syd­ney; he also In­sta­grammed a photo of Bondi Beach. Jen wasn’t with him.)

His ab­sence has been tak­ing a toll. “He’s been miss­ing these big events in her life when he re­ally could have been there if he wanted,” adds the friend. “It’s re­ally eat­ing away at the re­la­tion­ship. While Justin’s fine with Skyp­ing and call­ing from his sets and other cities, Jen isn’t. She wants more. And Jen hates when Justin hangs with his bud­dies in NYC and goes on road trips with pals dur­ing his down­time rather than be­ing with her.”

This isn’t how Jen thought her sec­ond mar­riage would turn out. She’s al­ready suf­fered the hu­mil­i­a­tion of one di­vorce af­ter Brad Pitt, 52, left her for An­gelina Jolie, 41. “She’s been in tears in­ter­mit­tently since her and Justin’s an­niver­sary,” says the friend. She loves him and des­per­ately wants to make the mar­riage work. “Jen’s plan­ning on us­ing this time while he’s away to step back and take a long, hard look at their re­la­tion­ship,” adds the friend. “But she’s not giv­ing up on their mar­riage — or on him.” ◼

‘‘ Jen couldn’t be­lieve he left her af­ter their fight. He didn’t have to go” — A FRIEND

OVER IT “Justin has re­turned to the set of The Left­overs in Aus­tralia since his and Jen’s sad an­niver­sary week,” says a friend.

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