Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston may not be getting a divorce after all

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux had a private wedding ceremony in her Bel Air mansion in August 2015 but there's no marriage certificate confirming their marriage.

Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston may not be getting a divorce after all

No one saw Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's separation coming. The couple has, after all, been super secretive since they got married in August 2015. Their wedding was also kept a secret from most people. According to reports, guests at Jen and Justin's wedding were in for a surprise. They thought they were going to celebrate Justin's birthday. Nevertheless, pictures from the private ceremony were leaked online and the couple finally confirmed that they tied the knot in front of their close friends.

In the years since their wedding ceremony, Jen and Justin have used "husband" and "wife" to describe each other. Nevertheless, TMZ reports that it's likely that they never got married. 

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Actors Justin Theroux (L) and Jennifer Aniston attend the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

The outlet claimed that Jen and Justin's marriage certificate couldn't be found in L.A. County. TMZ reported that they dug up certificates that dated back to 2010 but the celebrity couple's marriage license wasn't to be found. Furthermore, Jen and Justin haven't spoken to lawyers about divorce proceeding either but perhaps that's because they're still taking it slow. Several celebrity couples don't enlist the services of divorce lawyers days after announcing their separation. 

It's likely that Jen and Justin got a marriage license from 57 other counties in California but their reluctance to procure one in the Los Angeles County is quite baffling, especially since the actress is a resident of LA.

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Actors Justin Theroux (L) and Jennifer Aniston attend the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

While Jen and Justin didn't reveal the reason that led to their separation, several reports claim that their long-distance marriage didn't work in the end. The Cake star loves to be with her tight-knit friends' circle in Los Angeles while her estranged husband loved New York. A source told Entertainment Tonight that Jen also had a problem living in his apartment in West village as it drove unnecessary attention from the neighbors.

Nevertheless, Jen and Justin, who started dating in 2012, tried their best to make it work. People reported that the estranged couple met secretly on Valentine's Day before announcing their separation. "They decided together that they would make the announcement the next day. Justin flew on a private jet to L.A. to see Jen one last time," a source said. However, Justin wanted to make the announcement so he could "live his life." 

Jen and Justin announced their separation on February 16. In a statement to Associated Press, the couple said, "This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another."

"Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly. Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative," their joint statement read. 

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