'It was heartbreaking yet gentle': Justin Theroux breaks silence on Jennifer Aniston split

Justin Theroux gets candid about split with former beau Jennifer Aniston and shares that there was no animosity

Justin Theroux has finally opened up about his split with Jennifer Aniston earlier this year. The couple was together for around five years before choosing to go their separate ways in February. 

The couple's statement at the time shared that the decision was "mutual and lovingly made" though Justin had not spoken about it until now. As reported by the New York Times, he opened up about the split and discussed the "gentle yet heartbreaking" demise of their two-year-long marriage. 

Justin Theroux (Source: Getty Images)

Jennifer and Justin got engaged in August 2012 and got married on August 5, 2015 in a surprise wedding ceremony which took place in their LA home. The couple was able to get many fans and followers who were shocked when they announced the split. Justin admitted that he did not feel as though he "owed" the public any explanation as to why the couple had split up. 

Justin shared, "The good news is that was probably the most — I’m choosing my words really carefully — it was kind of the most gentle separation, in that there was no animosity. In a weird way, just sort of navigating the inevitable perception of it is the exhausting part... Again, neither one of us is dead, neither one of us is looking to throw hatchets at each other."

"It’s more like, it’s amicable. It’s boring, but, you know, we respected each other enough that it was as painless as it could be. It was heartbreaking only in the sense that the friendship would not be the same, as far as just the day to day. But the friendship is shifting and changing, you know, so that part is something that we’re both very proud of," Justin continued. 

Earlier this month, Jennifer spoke to InStyle magazine about her single life and also hinted at the fact that fertility issues could have been one of the reasons for her split from Justin. "It's pretty crazy. The misconceptions are 'Jen can't keep a man,' and 'Jen refuses to have a baby because she's selfish and committed to her career.' Or that I'm sad and heartbroken," Jennifer shared. 

Jennifer Aniston (Source: Getty Images)

"First, with all due respect, I’m not heartbroken. And second, those are reckless assumptions. No one knows what's going on behind closed doors. No one considers how sensitive that might be for my partner and me. They don't know what I've been through medically or emotionally. There is a pressure on women to be mothers, and if they are not, then they're deemed damaged goods. Maybe my purpose on this planet isn't to procreate. Maybe I have other things I'm supposed to do," she continued.