It was meant to be Jennifer Aniston’s week in the spotlight, with a string of talk show appearances, a twirl on the red carpet and a new movie out tomorrow.
But with Thursday’s news that her ex-husband Brad Pitt finally tied the knot to Angelina Jolie, the focus has shifted once again back to Hollywood’s most famous love triangle of recent times.
Perhaps bracing for the oncoming storm, Aniston rounded off a day of promotion on Wednesday night with a stiff drink.
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Red carpet: Jennifer Aniston at the Los Angeles premiere of her movie Life Of Crime on Thursday, hours before news broke her former husband Brad Pitt married Angelina Jolie over the weekend in a secret ceremony
The former Friends star, 45, was joined by her fiance Justin Theroux, 43, at new Hollywood hotspot The Argyle where the pair sipped on cocktails along with some of her co-stars from her new movie Life Of Crime.
If Aniston had been given a heads up that that her former husband had secretly married Jolie over the weekend in Nice, France, she didn’t show it.
‘Jennifer was in good spirits,’ an onlooker told MailOnline. ‘She looked happy and very comfortable with Justin.
‘They enjoyed cocktails together and were hanging out with Jennifer’s co-stars Will Forte and John Hawkes.’
Earlier in the day, Aniston was in full interview mode, defending her ‘life choices’ and rallying against the ‘constant’ pressure put upon her to start a family.
Stiff drink: Jen and headed to new Hollywood hotspot The Argyle after the premiere where she sipped on cocktails with her fiance Justin Theroux
Departing: The couple were snapped leaving the club a few hours later
Present and past: Seen here with Justin in June in New York and, right, with Brad at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2004
She firmly stated that her worth as a woman should not be measured on motherhood or the fact she hasn’t had children.
In the nine years since the breakdown of her marriage to Pitt, who fell for Jolie on the set of their 2005 film Mr & Mrs Smith, Aniston has endured obvious comparison.
Brangelina have grown a brood of six children – half biological, half adopted – while Jolie has steadily transformed her image from that of ‘homewrecker’ to a modern day Princess Diana; a humanitarian heroine of sorts with a high profile role within the United Nations.
Must have been tough: In the nine years since the breakdown of her marriage to Pitt, who fell for Jolie on the set of their 2005 film Mr & Mrs Smith, Aniston has endured obvious comparison
Speaking to Carson Daly in an interview which aired on Wednesday, Aniston said she even confides in feminist and journalist Gloria Steinem when the chatter about her personal life gets too much.
‘I’ve talked to her about this personally this for a while because it is always such an issue… ”Are you married yet? Have you had your babies yet?”’
In another interview yesterday, this one with Extra’s special correspondent Rob Estes, Aniston batted off the same tired old questions with resolve.
There it is! Brad sports his wedding ring at a photocall for Fury on Thursday in Dorset, having married his fiancée Angelina Jolie over the weekend
Just married: Brad and Angelina finally tied the knot, in France on Saturday
And again, if she had known Brad and Angelina had married in their sprawling French mansion over the weekend, the romantic comedy darling didn’t betray a thing.
Asked when she is getting married to Theroux – who she has been dating since 2011 before getting engaged the following year – Aniston just laughed.
‘I don’t know,’ she quipped, before going on to joke that she might decide to get married in ‘outer space…
‘Gravity style,’ she finished, in a reference to her friend Sandra Bullock’s film.
Turning philosophical, Aniston implied marriage isn’t the be all and end all.
The whole family: Brad and Angelina’s six children travelled with their parents to France on a private jet
Arrivals: The couple landed in Nice on Saturday for their wedding on the same day
‘Marriage is a wonderful thing,’ she said, but followed up with: ‘Relationship is a wonderful thing.
It’s a way to discover who you are.’
If Aniston can thank her ex for one thing, it’s that at least she has got the bulk of promotion and interviews out of the way before the Brangelina camp announced the weekend’s wedding news on Thursday.
Jen has been working hard; numerous interviews, an appearance on Chelsey Handler’s final E! talkshow, a red carpet appearance last night, along with a Friends skit on Jimmy Kimmel, reprising her role as Rachel Green with co-stars Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow.
If truth be told, some dredging up of the past and talk of THAT Hollywood love triangle thrown into the publicity mix is not going to harm her box office sales; in fact studios bosses are probably rubbing their hands together with glee.
Now, for the final piece in this puzzling Hollywood puzzle, Jen and Justin just need to set the date.
Going out with a bang: The final episode of Chelsea Lately on E! aired on Tuesday and featured Jennifer and her fiance Justin
The girls are back: Aniston with her Friends co-stars Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow performing a sketch on Jimmy Kimmel’s show on Thursday
Gritty: The actress is currently on the promotional trail for her new film, Life Of Crime, in which she plays a downtrodden trophy wife who gets kidnapped
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