The internet has been hit with a tsunami of Poor Jen pieces, Men of Jen pictorials, Back with Brad speculation and Justin/Jen Doomed Romance timelines since Jennifer Aniston’s publicist confirmed that she and Justin Theroux have split.
Sources claim that hipster-ish New York scenester Justin and mainstream LA-girl Jennifer were just too different to keep it going. One person said that their initial chemistry was so strong, “very real differences” between them were glossed over. The marriage breakdown is the final result of that, according to such sources.
Some claim that the couple had barely seen each other for a year prior to the split, with Jennifer hanging out in LA and Justin staying in New York, promising to go over and see her but rarely doing so.
Predictable speculation that Aniston will get back with her ex-husband Brad Pitt has surfaced. A crop of sometimes sympathetic and sometimes mean-spirited opinion pieces about Aniston’s failed relationships have also hit the press.
One writer at Daily Mail even claims to have insider knowledge about how Jennifer herself feels about the “Poor Jen” op-eds.
“Why can’t Jennifer Aniston find lasting love?” reads the headline. Writer Alison Boshoff says the “Poor Jen” pieces and “can’t keep a man” headlines send the Friends actress into a rage.
“I’m told that those headlines drive her to fits of shrieking fury.”
Boshoff tells us that “It is a very inconvenient fact that Aniston — famously dumped by first husband Brad Pitt after he fell in love with Angelina Jolie — is getting divorced again and thus perpetuating the ‘poor Jen’ stereotype.”
In 2016, Aniston wrote a viral open letter criticizing the press for their speculation about her weight, love life, and childlessness. The essay in the Huffington Postraged about society’s treatment of women, the exploitative and sometimes vulture-like conduct of the paparazzi, and the insensitivity and sexism of many opinion-makers.
Aniston wrote the essay at a time when the tabloids were awash with speculation that she may be pregnant. The speculation appeared after bikini pictures surfaced showing Jennifer sporting a bigger belly.
Theroux said at the time that he was proud of her for writing it. He posted a sassy picture of Aniston on Instagram and tagged her as his #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday).