There’s something odd happening in celebrity land.
Famous couples are breaking up without really… breaking up.
They’re consciously uncoupling, quietly parting ways, remaining the best of friends. They’re not throwing each other’s belongings on the front lawn and blocking each other on social media.
You see, earlier this year Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston announced they had separated after three years of marriage.
On February 5, 2018, they issued a joint statement describing themselves as “two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple”.
On Saturday, Justin told the New York Times theirs was a “gentle separation”.
“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.
“In a weird way, just sort of navigating the inevitable perception of it is the exhausting part.”
This is all probably sounding a little bit familiar.
In 2014, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced they had “consciously uncoupled”.
“It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate,” the couple said in a joint statement on Goop.
“We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate.”
“We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.”
In April 2018, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum announced they had “lovingly chosen to separate as a couple” after almost nine years of marriage.
In Australia, The Wiggles’ Emma Watkins and Lachlan Gillespie announced their separation as a “positive change in our relationship”.