Ever since Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announced that it was over, rumors have been flying as fans wondered what happened.
The same rumors that the couple hoped to avoid.
As it turns out, the problem for these two may go back further than many suspect. Perhaps even to their wedding day.
According to a scandalous new report, Justin Theroux didn't actually want to marry Jennifer Aniston in the first place.
An insider tells Us Weekly that marriage wasn't important to Justin Theroux ... and they may have tied the knot for the wrong reasons.
"He had reservations at the time because they still hadn’t figured out where they were going to live as a couple."
This isn't the first that we've heard of city of preference being a source of conflict between the two of them.
But Justin was apparently also not hung up on the idea that they needed to exchange vows and make it legally official..
"Justin was absolutely head over heels in love with Jen - and probably always will be - but marriage was never important to him."
For some people, having a wedding is a big deal.
For others, they've never even imagined doing it.
Clearly Theroux was in the latter camp: "Marriage was always just a piece of paper to Justin, and he didn’t need it."
This source reports that their reason for marrying wasn't entirely for what most would consider to be the right reasons.
The insider says:
"Constant scrutiny of Jen’s personal life, including whether she would ever find her happily ever after, played a huge role in her marriage to Justin."
Plenty of people get married because of social pressure. Some do it for family who want to force their traditions onto children.
Others go through with it for other reasons, like to please parents who want to live out their fantasies of attending their child's wedding.
These are real issues. It's quite another thing to feel like you need to tie the knot just to shut up the rumor mill for a couple of years.
But it may have also been what Jennifer Aniston really wanted.
"It was obvious Jen needed more than an engagement or to be life partners with Justin. He didn’t want to lose her, so they got married."
Sadly, things didn't pan out, as the couple announced to the world:
"In an effort to reduce any further speculation, we have decided to announce our separation."
"This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year."
They were last seen together in December of 2017.
"We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship."
Many found that line reminiscent of some Gwyneth Paltrow's "conscious uncoupling" from Chris Martin. But it sounds sweet and healthy.
"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."
They have not managed to quell rumors, but ... they're trying their best.
"Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative."
But they say that they'll always be close.
"Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another."
There have been a number of different theories espoused about what doomed Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's marriage.
As we mentioned, many believe that they simply couldn't agree upon a place to live.
Jennifer Aniston is a California girl at heart. And hey, if you like unending sunlight and yearly droughts, you know, you do you.
Justin Theroux's heart belongs to New York, though. Not only that, but he's said to dislike Hollywood's alleged vacuity.
Another report suggested that Justin's method acting was a problem.
According to claims, he would become so immersed in characters that it drove a wedge between the two of them.
Perhaps the most insulting theory for why the two split -- but a popular one nonetheless -- is that she's still pining for her ex.
In fact, reports have claimed that Jennifer Aniston reached out to Brad Pitt in the wake of her split.
Considering that Brad famously broke up with her a long time ago and has since been investigated by the FBI for alleged child-abuse, one might imagine that Jen's affections for him have waned.
Mostly, however, that theory exists because a lot of fans of the couple just want to see them reunited.
Rumors are an unfortunate downside of fame.