Despite popular opinion, not all ex-partners are immediately off a holiday guest list. Case in point: Jennifer Aniston invited ex-husband Justin Theroux to her annual Friendsgiving dinner.
Thanksgiving – the beautiful American holiday which encourages 327 million people to reflect on the things they are grateful for (before fighting with one another at the shops like wild animals a day later at the Black Friday Sales) – is a day I think Australians should get behind. Traditionally a holiday to be spent with family, it’s common for friends to gather and share a cup of cider over a warm turkey and a slice of pumpkin pie. Aniston hosted a dinner at her place and invited Courteney Cox, Jimmy Kimmel, Jason Bateman and Will Arnett.
Theroux, who split from Aniston last year, documented the night on his Instagram. Cox began the festivities by toasting Aniston before playfully asking Theroux – who was seated next to his ex – to stop filming her. “I’m supposed to be recording toasts,” responded Theroux. Take a look:
Aniston, 50, was the ultimate host cooking a special joke meal for Kimmel. “OK, @jimmykimmel…here are your f*%king Friendsgiving enchiladas” she wrote on her Instagram.
In February 2018, Aniston announced her separation from Theroux. Seven months later, Theroux opened up about the break-up to the New York Times. “The good news is that was probably the most – I’m choosing my words really carefully – it was kind of the most gentle separation, in that there was no animosity,” he said.
While some of us may view spending the holiday season with an ex-partner as “kick-you-in-the-crotch-spit-on-your-neck fantastic,” others – like Aniston and Theroux – seem to just nail it. We can only hope they are on the world’s longest break.