Closer (UK)

Jen reveals her baby joy on new Friends show

As she reunites with her co-stars for the first time in 12 years, insiders say it created the perfect opportunit­y to announce her happy adoption news

- By Daisy McLure

The Friends stars finally filmed their longawaite­d reunion special last week following a year-long delay amid the pandemic.

For the first time since the iconic sitcom’s finale in 2004, Matt LeBlanc, 53, David Schwimmer, 54, Matthew Perry, 51, Lisa Kudrow, 57, Jennifer Aniston, 52, and Courteney Cox, 56, were reunited at the same studio where the hit ’90s show was made for over a decade.

The actors weren’t in character to film the two-hour unscripted special – which, as Closer went to press, has no release date but will be aired on streaming giant HBO Max. David – who played geeky paleontolo­gist Ross Geller – recently revealed, “Nothing is scripted and we are not in character. We are all ourselves, although there is one section of it that I don’t want to give away, but we all read something…”

Apart from meeting for dinner once after the show ended, filming the much-anticipate­d new show was the first time all six stars have been in the same


room together in 12 years.

And insiders say the emotional reunion prompted Jennifer – who credited the show as being “the best 10 years of my life” – to drop bombshell news as she told her co-stars about her excitement over her impending new arrival.

It’s reported that the twicedivor­ced star is adopting a baby girl from Mexican orphanage, Casa Hogar Sion – which she’s long been a supporter of – with pals now revealing it should be finalised by June.

A source tells Closer, “Jen felt the reunion was the perfect time to make her baby announceme­nt to the whole gang. While the girls already knew – as they see each other regularly – she thought it would be special to tell the boys when they were all together, as she rarely sees them these days due to their busy lives and work commitment­s.

“Spending almost every waking hour together for a decade, they lived through every detail of each other’s lives and supported each other through all their hard times including Courteney’s fertility struggles and Jen’s painful divorce from Brad Pitt.


“Knowing how much they’ve always wanted this for Jen knowing her history, made it even more poignant for her to tell them her news so they could share and celebrate the milestone chapter in her life.

“They were all overjoyed when she told them – giving her parenting advice, which she said she’d happily take on once she was settled in.”

It was first reported that Jen was considerin­g adopting from Casa Hogar Sion back in 2011 – before she married second husband Justin Theroux – which she denied. But reports that Jen is close to completing the adoption have gathered pace in the US in the past year.


Jen fuelled rumours of impending motherhood news last year when she said that, despite being single since her divorce from Justin in 2018, “I hear laughter, I see kids running” in her future.

Since starting the adoption process last year, pals have told Closer how Jen’s long-time BFF, Courteney – whose daughter Coco, 16, she is Godmother to – has been supporting her through the journey. And now the Scream star is said to be planning a surprise baby shower for her pal.

The source says, “Court knows Jen doesn’t want a big fuss made, but she wants to celebrate this huge milestone in her life so she’s planning an intimate dinner party for all her closest loved ones.”

And while the pandemic has caused delays in her journey to motherhood, insiders say she is eagerly looking forward to her castmates meeting her daughter when they next reunite.

The source adds, “Jen’s beyond excited to finally get her daughter home and can’t wait to celebrate with six of the people she loves most in the world.

“This is such an important new chapter in her life and having it fall at such a poignant time career-wise, taking her back to the show that changed her life, makes it all seem like it was meant to be.”

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Jen’s ex Brad appeared in Friends in 2001
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