Three years ago, Justin Theroux proposed to Jennifer Aniston with a stunning eight-carat diamond during dinner at NYC’s Blue Hill restaurant. He got what his rep would later call “an extraordinary gift” when the actress accepted.
But their long (maybe too long) engagement is starting to hang on its last strings. The couple was last seen three months ago, and even then they looked to be fighting, and according to insiders, they’ve never been at a lower point in their relationship.
“Jen and Justin are in a terrible place right now,” an insider reveals. “They are never together and even when they are together, they fight nonstop.”
Star learned that Jen has not only heard nearly a year ago that Justin may have been involved with a worker on set of his hit HBO show, The Leftovers, but she also recently ran into and confronted the woman—at the very same restaurant where Justin had proposed to her!
Can you blame her paranoia? While such rumors can easily start when a high-profile celebrity so much as smiles at a coworker, having lost husband Brad Pitt to an on-set romance with Angelina Jolie has given Jen more than enough reason to take any such threat seriously.
“She was supposedly a pretty blonde, and Jen and Justin had many arguments over her,” says a source close to the couple. “He swears nothing happened, but she thought different, and the fact that he may have cheated has stayed in the back of her mind.”
The Friends star tried to maneuver her schedule so that she could keep a close watch on her fiance while he worked on set, but Justin “was adamantly against it, because he didn’t want the stress of having to deal with her while working on an important project,” source say.
On April 29, Jen was in New York City, where she joined her good friend Jason Bateman and his wife for dinner at the very restaurant where Justin had proposed to her: Greenwich Village’s Blue Hill. This time, the occasion was anything but joyful. As usual, Justin was nowhere to be seen, leaving her to play the third wheel to a married couple and wondering more than ever if the rumors about Justin’s “other woman” were true.
According to insiders, it was just as Jen was leaving Blue Hill that she ran into none other than the “pretty blonde” woman herself. Finally presented with an opportunity to find out the truth about her and Justin, Jen took advantage.
“She’s always said that she knew this would happen, that she’d run into the girl,” says a friend of Jen’s, “so she immediately asked this blonde if she’d had an affair with Justin. I mean, it was ballsy. This woman was so taken aback, she looked like she was about to die. She just said, ‘No, no,’ and quickly left.”
According to the source, Jen took the woman’s eagerness to leave as a sign of guilt. Then, even though Justin was in Texas filming, he heard what Jen had done.
“Justin was humiliated and embarrassed by Jen’s crazy behavior, especially considering the fact that their relationship is hanging by a thread,” says the insider. “he couldn’t believe that Jen would go so far as to confront the girl about it. They had a huge fight over the phone.”
As a result from her anger during their call afterward, Jen called off their engagement entirely—a decision Justin agreed with wholeheartedly.
There’s more to this story! Pick up the newest Star issue that hit newsstands on June 24 to read the rest of the feature!