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Jennifer and Justin are ‘great friends’

Aniston and screenwriter boyfriend Theroux had been dating for more than a year before he proposed on Friday

  • (FILES) This file photo taken on July 7, 2011 shows actress Jennifer Aniston (L) and her new boyfriend Justin Image Credit: AFP
  • A combination picture shows cast members Jennifer Aniston (L) and Justin Theroux (R) posing at the premiere ofImage Credit: Reuters
  • Actress Jennifer Aniston greets actor Justin Theroux before unveiling her star on the Walk of Fame in HollywooImage Credit: REUTERS

Finally the jibes over being envious of Angelina Jolie can be laid to rest.

Jennifer Aniston, 43, has well and truly moved on by getting engaged to partner Justin Theroux.

The Friends actress and her actor/director beau sealed the deal on Friday, after the 41-year-old popped the question during his birthday celebrations.

His spokesperson confirmed to People: “Justin Theroux had an amazing birthday on Friday, receiving an extraordinary gift when his girlfriend, Jennifer Aniston, accepted his proposal of marriage.”

The rep said: “They’re great friends” — a pun on the sitcom that made Aniston famous in the ’90s.

The engagement falls on the same weekend that Aniston’s ex-husband Brad Pitt was rumoured to be marrying Jolie, his partner of seven years and the mother of his six children, at their French home.

Their romance was infamously shrouded in whispers that they embarked on a relationship while Pitt was still married to Aniston — having met on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith in 2004.

However, as news of the wedding has still not been confirmed and insiders are claiming that next weekend is “a far more likely date”, Aniston and Theroux have stolen their thunder.

The couple, who have been dating for more than a year, were first seen together in May 2011. Just two months later, Aniston placed her Beverly Hills mansion on the market for $38 million (Dh139.57 million), before buying a palatial LA Bel-Air home with Theroux in January this year — for a reported $22 million.

Aniston and Theroux starred in Wanderlust together, a comedy flop with Paul Rudd about a modern New York couple trying to escape society by moving to a commune in Georgia.

Fans will be elated for Aniston, as the Los Angeles native was largely considered to be unlucky-in-love.

Following her four and a half year marriage to Pitt, which saw them separate in January 2005, she endured a string of fling flops.

Aniston was seen on the arm of The Break-Up co-star Vince Vaughn soon after, before moving on to British model Paul Sculfor for a few months in 2007 and later had an on/off romance with John Mayer.

Meanwhile, Theroux fell under the microscope during his courting of Aniston — as he broke up with his long-term girlfriend of 14 years, Heidi Bivens.

The well-respected fashion stylist, who has worked at Details and Vogue, was said to be “blindsided” by his actions.

However, she seems to be moving on, having been hired for costume designer duties on the new Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens film Spring Breakers.

But it seems Aniston certainly made Theroux sweat, reportedly turning down his initial proposal in June during a romantic European jaunt in Paris and Rome.

And in an interview with GQ Spain, she said she no longer strives for the perfect life as it’s “cliche”.

Asked if it bothers her that her personal life is under constant scrutiny, she said: “A perfect life? I think that’s sort of cliche, isn’t it?

“Like, if you want to be happy, you should have the house, the husband, the kid... Kids are messy!”