Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux Separate After 2 Years of Marriage

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Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are dunzo. The actors shocked the world last night when they announced their decision to split after two years of marriage and seven years of dating.

“In an effort to reduce any further speculation, we have decided to announce our separation,” the 49-year-old’s publicist said in a statement. “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.”

The statement continued, “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. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another.”

Jen recently celebrated her birthday in Malibu, California, without Justin, which added fuel to the breakup rumors.

A source tells E! News that their different lifestyles was one of the main reasons they decided to go their separate ways.

“Jennifer and Justin fell in love hard and fast and yet they were never really suited to one another,” the source explains. “He was a New York hipster that loved the alternative lifestyle and Jennifer was living a much more reclusive life when they first started to fall in love. The initial chemistry between them made it easy for them to ignore their differences and incompatibility.”

The pair actually broke up at the end of last year, but still celebrated New Year’s together on their annual vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, so it looks like their statement about keeping their “cherished friendship” is legit!