ET EXCLUSIVE | WHY JENNIFER ANISTON AND JUSTIN THEROUX SPLIT
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February 15, 2018 (Los Angeles, CA) – Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux called it quits on Thursday and a source tells ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT that the split was actually a long time coming, and that one of the major factors that played into their break-up was a fundamental disagreement about where the couple should live.
According to ET's source, Theroux thoroughly considers himself to be a New Yorker, and living in Hollywood was something that he never really wanted.
"He much prefers being [in New York] and that's been a major issue for them for a long time," says the source, adding that the actor's roots are deep in the Big Apple, and that his friends and social group, which Theroux holds closely to his heart, are all based in the city.
“Justin has a very diverse friend group, and he likes that they're not all 'in the industry,'" says the source. "He's friends with people in the restaurant world, writers, comedians, artists, tattoo artists. It's an eclectic group and he doesn't have that type of network in LA."
The source went on to explain that Aniston, however, does not feel the same way about New York -- despite growing up as a kid and developing her early career there.
Additionally, the two stars' experiences with life in New York were vastly different. "Justin can hop on his [motorcycle], walk in the neighborhood, hang at a bar and all that without being bothered, but for Jen, the paparazzi are all over her," the source noted.
“He really wanted her to be comfortable here," the source says, explaining how Theroux tried hard to make his wife come to love the city. "He even negotiated with the paps to make a deal that they would only shoot her once per day and then leave her alone. He also agreed to move out of his apartment, which he loves."
Eventually Theroux acquiesced and agreed to move across the country to Los Angeles, but constantly came up with reasons to return.
"He was bicoastal, she was not," says the source.
"She rarely stayed at his place, she preferred hotels," says the source. Adding, "Justin on the other hand did not like staying at hotels -- especially uptown. He eventually convinced her to at least stay in hotels with him downtown, like the Bowery hotel."
"They really were a great couple. And they cared a lot about each other. Justin was always really protective of her," says the source. "They both wanted this to work."
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