• Tue, Jun 24 - 1:31 pm ET

If Justin Theroux Likes Jennifer Aniston So Much, Why Doesn’t He Marry Her Already?

Jennifer Aniston and fiance Justin Theroux at NYC premiere of his HBO show The Leftovers June 2014Once upon a time, long ago, Justin Theroux proposed to Jennifer Aniston…and then we never heard another thing about it, ever again.

In case your memory for celebrity milestones isn’t quite as honed as mine, let me remind you — Justin and Jennifer were first seen together in May 2011, and got engaged a little over a year later, in August 2012. Trumpets sounded, papers were drawn up for a retaliatory Brangelina adoption, and then…nothing. For almost two years! Not that people who are engaged need to get married right away, but it definitely catches my attention when a couple has been engaged for twice the time that they were just dating, y’know?

And especially because Jennifer has amassed such a collection of adjectives over the years — lonely, barren, scorned, etc. — I would’ve expected her to at least speak about wedding plans to the media, even if she didn’t want to rush into it. After years of breathless ‘will she ever find happiness????’ coverage, my normal-person assumption was that it’d probably feel great to answer that question with a resounding ‘yes. duh.’.

But it was still pretty much crickets at the premiere of Justin’s upcoming HBO show ‘The Leftovers’, which coincidentally was Justin and Jennifer’s first red carpet appearance together in around nine months. VERY LOUD CRICKETS. And they only got louder when Justin was asked what he’d want to bring to the afterlife. (His show is about the people left behind after an event that’s basically the Rapture.)

“My cell phone. No, my keys.”

Obviously he’s kidding, but even his follow-up changing his answer to Jennifer is oddly-phrased:

“That’s who I’d want to bring back. That’s who I’d want to bring with me.”

Weeeeird, right? Especially because the title of the article that that quote appeared in was ‘Justin Theroux Would Like to Bring Jennifer Aniston to the Afterlife‘.

…just not…to the altar, I guess? I don’t get it.

(Photo: Ivan Nikolov / WENN.com)

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  • Guest

    Maybe you should have read some of his quotes from Extra or US instead of picking apart a quote where he was partially joking. I mean seriously. And for that matter, why is it about HIM marrying or not marrying her?? She certainly hasn’t never seemed to be in a rush so for all you know he’s desperate to get her down the aisle, not the other way around!

    For the record though he told Extra that people like yourself are more concerned and in a rush then he and Jennifer are to wed. He also said that it’s not “cold feet” they have but “hot feet”, but they aren’t about to fill the press in on the specifics. Good for them given the crap that gets written about them no matter what they do, specifically articles like this one.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      He’s the one who gave the quote, so in my title, he’s the subject.

    • Guest

      Please. You made it about him holding back from marrying her because that’s the typical media/male dominant narrative. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s always the woman that’s desperate for the wedding, particularly in Jennifer’s case. Nothing about his quote or response to People was suspect other then you picking it apart and trying to make it so. Moreover, nothing about that question or his response lends itself to a headline about him holding back from marrying her.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I dunno, it lent itself pretty well to this: Justin Theroux says he wants to take Jennifer Aniston to the afterlife with him. Just…not to the altar I guess?

    • Guest

      Huh? Lent itself to that? How? Because you wanted a headline that would stir the pot, that’s how. Not because anything he’s said or done has lent itself to that presumption of yours.

    • M_G

      ….except a) the article she’s quoting, and b) the fact that they haven’t gotten married yet. So, yeah, I mean….besides those two things, you’re right on the money.

    • Guest

      The fact of them not marrying or the fact of him saying he would take her to the afterlife do not equate to HIM being the one not wanting to marry her. These things are not connected. It is a presumption to assume that them not marrying yet is because HE hasn’t bothered to do so.

    • M_G

      Agreed. But as far as I can tell, only the headline and the last line of the blog directly puts the responsibility on Justin. The entire rest of the post is speculating on them as a couple, etc. Do you disagree?

    • JenH1986

      Whose pot is she stirring? Aniston’s? Theroux’s? Fans?

  • JenH1986

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say you get called a terrible journalist at least 4x for this.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Eeeeeeep I know!

    • JenH1986

      Do you have a stock “I am not a journalist, I’m a blogger, here is the definition of each” response? If not, I’d look into that. It would be so much easier than typing it repeatedly.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Haha yeah you’re right. Mostly my stock response is a nice facepalm, but that doesn’t read as well through the interwebs.

    • Guest

      Why? Defining both doesn’t excuse horribly out-dated, gender-biased headlines and lack of research. Journalist or blogger, if you’re going to have an opinion on something you are best to have informed yourself before making it public or prepare to find yourself corrected. An opinion is only as good as the facts it is supported by. In this case then, the author has a pretty poorly constructed and indefensible one.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I’ll agree with you that modern marriage still has a strong gender-bias, but in this case, Justin proposed to Jennifer, right? So in the antiquated language that we still use, he asked to marry her, a fact supported by my headline.

    • M_G

      She’s blogging about another article (the link to which is embedded above). So….I think your rage is actually directed at People. Unless there’s something specific in this blog post that you’re calling out?

    • Guest

      I have no issue with People. They asked him a question in keeping with the theme of his show and he answered. The problem with this writer is that she turned that answer, which was completely devoid of sexist norms and read into it some out-dated gender-biased and sensationalist thoughts to title her piece on without having anything to support those on. She also ignored several other quotes of his from the same event that discredit her entire point.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Those quotes weren’t included in the People article that I linked to and based my post off of, so I’m not sure why I would have included them.

    • Guest

      Oh I don’t know, silly me for thinking you might have wanted to inform yourself more of what you were speaking on! Nevermind.

      Regardless, nothing about the People article lends itself to your post title or content either, but that didn’t stop you from making the assumptions you did.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Well wasn’t it creative of me to draw my own conclusions!

    • Guest

      Creative? Hardly when the conclusions you drew are, as another poster noted, the same ones that the media always draws where these two are concerned. And does so might I add based on outdated gender-biased thinking, not based on any actions/comments from Aniston or Theroux that support those notions.

    • M_G

      I’m still having a hard time with your gender-biased accusations. Would you have had an issue if the article was slanted the other way, if she had been accusing Jen of dragging her feet, etc.? The article in question (as well as the other ones you referenced) were all about the premiere of Justin’s new show. So naturally, he is going to be the focus of the ensuing articles (good, bad, or indifferent….even Extra and US only mention how supportive Jen is being, how cute they looked together, and commented on the dress she was wearing, which I’m surprised you aren’t upset with, given your “outdated gender bias” arguments). The quotes all came from Justin. So in this context, how else could the coverage be slanted if not in his direction? (and again, this is with the understanding that we’re talking about opinion pieces)

    • Guest

      My point is why does it have to be suggested that EITHER is dragging their feet instead of both of them? Why does that have to be put on Justin simply because it’s his premiere they are at? You mention that he’s the one giving quotes and that’s true, but his quotes don’t lead to the statement that he is the one dragging his feet. There is no correlation. In fact this is what he told Extra:

      Justin told “Extra” the two are still “happily engaged,” adding that when it comes to wedding plans, “You guys are in more of a rush than we are. We have hot feet, but we’re not going to let you guys know.”

      See how Justin never even insinuates that it is him that is dragging feet. He uses “we” throughout, so why must it always be painted as though the woman is the one waiting on the guy to marry her, particularly in the case of Aniston? Nothing about his comments or it being his premiere suggests the slant taken in this article – opinion piece or not.

    • M_G

      I agree (and I think I said this is a previous comment….somewhere…..) about the tone of the article being slanted more towards him vs. them. But the reason I brought up the focus on Justin in this case is because Jen is equally put under the microscope during the premieres of her more recent movies (“We are the Millers” comes to mind, and I want to say “Wanderlust”, too, but I am not as sure about that one…basically any recent movie of hers that came out after they got engaged). When she’s being interviewed, the interviewers inevitably ask her the same types of questions regarding marriage, she doges (like Justin did), and then the headlines read “Will Jen ever get hitched?”, “Is Jen Having Second Thoughts About Marriage?”, “Is There Trouble in Paradise for Aniston and her Beau?” etc. I think the slant has more to do with timing than it does with any preconceived gender roles (not to say those DON’T exists, to be sure….just that I don’t think it’s a huge part of this particular issue).

    • Guest

      Totally agree with your comment that the questions they are asked are simply being asked because the press wants to know and is given the opportunity when one of them has to do press. I don’t have any issue with the press doing its job in that sense. But I disagree that articles were slanted away from the out-dated gender-biased norm when it was her giving the quotes. The majority were neutral “will they ever marry” or “are their problems” or “why haven’t they married” etc. or even then there were those that insinuated it was him dragging his feet. But few, if any, were ever posted claiming her to be dragging her feet or asking why she won’t marry him. That’s the issue I take with jumping from a simple quote about his partner or dodging marriage questions to assuming it is him that his the hold up in marrying her.

    • M_G

      You are entitled to your opinion (and admittedly, I haven’t read the other articles you’re talking about…do you happen to have links?). I don’t know how many of Alexis’ other articles you’ve read on here, but I have to say that “out-dated gender-bias” is certainly not her MO. The vibe I got from this article was that she’s a fan of Jennifer Aniston and is eagerly anticipating the two of them getting married. Yes, there is a definite slant that Justin is the one dragging his feet (as oppose to Jennifer, or both of them, etc.) but this is just an opinion piece. She’s not saying this is DEFINITELY the way it is.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      (Thank you!)

    • JenH1986

      Well it’s pretty easily proven that they aren’t in a rush to get married despite a rush to get engaged as they are not yet married. I agree with you on the gender bias in marriage. I would even go so far as to say that neither party is in a rush to get married because I think at this point the relationship would have imploded. As for my actual comment which has nothing to do with Aniston or Theroux and more to do with the fact that bloggers can and do give opinions based on all sorts of things with minimal research. Like hating clothing or make up. Or having an opinion about celebrities dating. Those are nothing like a journalist who in fact does (or should) do research, have sources etc. Alexis, more than others, seems to get the latter when she is in fact the former. It’s celebrity gossip site. It’s meant to be fun and a place for people to talk about celebrities. It is not meant to be as serious as some commenters make it.

    • Guest

      I get you. I guess I just don’t find “gossip” that supports gender-biased norms without a whiff of reality to those to be fun. It would be one thing if either Aniston or Theorux (or whatever celeb we were discussing) had given clues to support that in this case Aniston was pining away for Theroux to finally decide to marry her. Neither has, but actually have been pretty open in the opposite.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      You’re free to think whatever you want about the quality of my writing, and I won’t take issue with that. What I’m not willing to accept is your accusation that I’m gender-biased. I can absolutely understand where you would have gotten that from this post, but it happens to be inaccurate.

    • Guest

      Um, so you’re saying you get why I would think you are gender-biased (or at least this post of yours is) after reading this post, but you want me to NOT accuse of that based on this post?? You don’t see the problem/contradiction there?

      Maybe you aren’t someone that promotes outdated gender norms or believes them, but you are showing yourself to be in this particular article – something you, yourself admit you can see. So if you want people to think of you differently, then don’t write in that manner, especially where the subjects did nothing to warrant it at all. It’s pretty simple. I mean my only knowledge of you is this article, so like it or not, that’s what my perception of you is based on.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I’m saying I empathize with your point of view, although I don’t agree with it. Take it easy.

    • Guest

      Hey you’re the one that wants to be viewed in a light other then what you projected in your writing. You were the one that said you “took issue” with being accused of being gender-biased (something I actually didn’t say – I said the article was, not you). Perhaps it’s you that should “take it easy” then?

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      You’re the one throwing around the double qs! I’m easy-breezy.

    • M_G

      If we’re going off of individual posts, it seems you may have underestimated…..

    • JenH1986

      By a lot. Ugh….

  • Lilleybet Beamish

    Yawn.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Would you like to be more specific?

    • Lilleybet Beamish

      The same story over and over again. It’s very old. You don’t like them, so you read into remarks which were given to the press, on the fly. I’m bored with media/blogs/tabloids determination to undermine this couple and maintain Jennifer’s image as the barren spinster. It’s all been said before. You just repeated it for the 1,000,000th time.

    • Guest

      Agree 100%!

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      What’s funny is that we actually agree about the slant of the coverage, as you may have read in this post.

    • M_G

      What makes you think she doesn’t like them? I actually got the vibe that she was a fan and is eagerly anticipating their wedding. There’s nothing here to suggest an undermining of their relationship, nor is the author calling Jen a spinster (only acknowledging, as you did, that this accusation has been leveled against her in the past).

  • Napoleon

    Marriage is extremely idiotic.

    • markmywords

      Intolerance of people’s life choices is even more so.

    • Napoleon

      There’s an important distinction between having an opinion and being intolerant.

    • markmywords

      Having your opinion is being intolerant.

    • Napoleon

      The definition of intolerance is “the lack of toleration; unwillingness or refusal to tolerate or respect contrary opinions or beliefs,persons of different races or backgrounds, etc.” I respect and “tolerate” marriage but I happen to think the action lacks critical thinking.

    • markmywords

      “Extremely idotic” is respectful and tolerant?
      I’m sure you do “actions without critical thinking” on a daily basis…

    • Napoleon

      I respect or tolerate their ability to make that decision but I happen to think the decision itself is idiotic. It would be the same as respecting a person’s decision to buy one hundred luxury cars even though I believe the decision itself is foolish.

  • markmywords

    Maybe, after being left because the other one wanted children she was not ready for, they try to get pregnant before they follow through with the wedding. Didn’t I read something about her getting IVF treatment?
    Nowadays there is no social pressure to get married, but it still would make sense to be a family, if children are involved, displaying a unit towards the within.

  • Elizabeth Aspen

    Being permanently engaged is a hell of a lot more fun than being married, especially when you’re worth a good $300 mil and your fiance has a Texaco card and $27 in his checking account.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      He’s getting that HBO money though!

    • M_G

      He’s actually worth around $10 million. Not nearly as much as Jen ($150 million), but not exactly living paycheck to paycheck.

  • Heather

    Why is it a big deal they are still engaged but no one says anything about Angelina and Brad still being engaged for just as long or even Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson being engaged for 4 years? Not rushing to the altar does not mean he doesn’t love her or she doesn’t love him. People who say this crap are so ridiculous.

  • cory

    You must be very happy that your favourite Pit/Jolie are married – at least in your imagination. Same for the entire Pit/Jolie’s as@ kissing media. Keep talking about JA’s relationship hoping the world wouldn’t notice that Brangelina is the one who is postponing their wedding. It’s laughable Pit didn’t give Jolie even a simple promising ring for 7 years. Obviously he’s a douchebag. You and the rest of the media are working very hard to ruin everything for JAniston by attacking her and her partners non stop. You never stop until you scare them away. I hope there is a special place in hell for you and the entire media who are bashing JA just because you want to make angelina look better. And BTW I think it’s Jennifer who doesn’t want to get married. If I was her I wouldn’t either.

    • M_G

      Mr. cory, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this thread is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

    • JenH1986

      FTW!!!!

    • GeminiLuver

      Very weird comment. These are celebrities not people you know.

  • whatever

    This is the dumbest blog ever. Why can’t people just enjoy their relationship without people giving a frig when they get married? I know lost of long term great non-married relationships. Many better than my married friends. Sometimes you want to get married but you’re also challenged by logistics. If you are comfortable together, who cares? I’ve been with my guy for 6 years and I enjoy being unmarried. I’ve already been married – and that was more because I thought this is what I am supposed to do next.

    In any case, no one knows why J and J are not married. But what’s the big deal? Is it worth an analysis? No. Same thing with Clooney. I could never figure out why that was so important to every interviewer. He didn’t marry because he didn’t want to. Who cares? Now he does, so he will. Either option is ok.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      They’re engaged, which suggests an intent to marry, and yet they haven’t. That’s what I’m curious about.

  • Guest

    What the hell business is it of ours? You, me- anyone that isn’t that couple?

    • M_G

      It’s not. But they’re celebrities. So if you’re expecting people not to take notice and discuss it (particularly on a celebrity gossip blog), then I don’t know what to tell you.

  • NinjaNo9

    I totally agree. The whole thing was awkward. At the Daily Mail site, you can watch the brief interview in which he referred to JA as “gorgeous,” but then acted hugely uncomfortable when they asked him about a wedding date. I just don’t buy that they are still together. I think HBO paid JA to show up and act like his girlfriend. I think her outfit was thrown together at the last minute. And, I think she stayed at a hotel the whole time she was in town, and flew out first thing Tuesday morning.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Makes sense. The photos get way more traction with her in them.

  • Emkayily .

    Since you brought up “Brangelina,” I have to ask. Haven’t they been engaged about as long? And together for like almost a decade now? So are you also questioning their relationship, or do you just like to pick apart Jennifer Aniston? Maybe they don’t talk about it to the media, because the media has been so cruel to Jennifer over the years. Always claiming she’s pregnant and always picking apart her relationships. They are not obligated to tell everyone about their business and honestly with the way people talk about her, why would she want to share that information? Plenty of people have long engagements. For some, just being asked is commitment enough, and the marriage itself is just a piece of paper. Does anyone ever wonder how the constant speculation about their relationship might actually affect the relationship? Can you imagine going grocery shopping and seeing all these articles blasted on magazine covers, pressuring you and saying false things about you? She doesn’t owe us anything. Let her enjoy this stage of her life and back off already.

  • Alyssa

    Don’t they have at least 10 imaginary babies?

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Yes, they’re very lucky.

  • tahoegeminii

    since they won’t ever get married and Anustain is starting menopause and no where close to ever getting pregnant the whole topic is a bunch of media spew to keep their name in print-whose hair did she sew in her head now?-she was nearly bald last month-did the person that grew the hair use Living Proof hair care?? cause if they didn’t then all her hair care line stuff is a big fat fraud-but really what about Anustain isn’t a pile of made up media sh-tt

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