No Matter What, Just Blame Jennifer Aniston For Anything That Goes Wrong


This is ridiculous:

Justin Theroux and his Wanderlust co-star Jennifer Aniston have been romantically linked for weeks, often seen out and about and looking affectionate towards each other. And whether the two are actually dating is unconfirmed by both camps, one thing has been made official: Theroux’s 14-year-long relationship with girlfriend Heidi Bivens is over.
Bivens has moved out of the couple’s New York City home, a source telling Page Six:
“Heidi and Justin have been together for 14 years. They met when she was 20 years old and he 24, and yes, she just moved out of their home last weekend. She has no comment.”

Bivens’ non-comment is enough to start speculation across the web that Aniston may have played a part in the couple’s split. The Page Six headline, citing a source, brands Aniston as a “homewrecker” — a claim that many slapped on Angelina Jolie thanks to her relationship with Brad Pitt while he and Aniston were married.
There are two different situations here. In the first instance, let's revisit what actually happened:
[People Magazine, March, 2005] Jennifer Aniston officially filed for divorce from Brad Pitt in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday.
Aniston's court papers cite irreconcilable differences for the split. The actress, who had legally changed her name to Pitt, also asked to have her former name restored, to Jennifer Joanna Aniston.

The two were married for four and a half years and have no children. It was the first marriage for both.

On Jan. 7 of this year, the actors released a joint statement to PEOPLE, saying: "We would like to announce that after seven years together we have decided to formally separate. For those who follow these sorts of things, we would like to explain that our separation is not the result of any of the speculation reported by the tabloid media. This decision is the result of much thoughtful consideration." 
The idea that "many" consider that Angelina Jolie broke up their marriage has taken hold; it has become conventional wisdom. And why not? That's the story people want to believe anyway. Nobody really knows what goes on in the lives of these people. If they did, they'd shut up about it because they would, you would think, care about the people involved. See, privacy is important. If you want to have privacy, don't tell people your business. I would think that, by now, these are the sort of people who have gotten to the point where they don't tell anybody anything. And, if that's the case, then, like the man says, nobody knows nothin'.

In the second instance, this Theroux fellow was with his girlfriend for fourteen years and never married her. Does that sound like like an arrangement of convenience or does that sound rather open ended?

What goes on in other people's relationships is nobody's business. It's worth blogging about because, I can guarantee you, there's probably only a handful of people who have a similar take on this to mine. Everyone else just repeats the simplified version without actually thinking about it. See below for the inevitable outrage of the "homewrecker" version of events. Which could, in fact, be the absolute truth. I'm not denying that. But, if that's the case, again, so what? It's more important to question these things than to sit there and accept the first version of events from the people who make their living speculating about these things.

So, does anyone know what's really going on? No, probably not. Speculating about it is a lazy pursuit. If these people can find some semblance of happiness, good for them. But let's call bullshit when it appears; this idea that Jennifer Aniston has to be to blame for something every time someone breaks up with their boyfriend or girlfriend in Hollywood is just a little much.
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