The split between Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux is set to be much cleaner than most Hollywood breakups, especially because the two stars kept their property separated and the majority of their fortunes were earned when they weren’t even a couple.
According to real estate records obtained by The Blast, both Jen and Justin kept the deeds to their residences in their own names and as their “sole and separate property.”
49-year-old Aniston owns two main pieces of property, a mansion in Bel Air and one in the Hollywood Hills. The Bel Air mansion is a midcentury masterpiece first built in 1965 and bought by the actress in 2011 for $21 million. It also served as the location for their wedding in 2015.
In a recent interview with Architectural Digest about the property, Aniston admitted that it was tough learning to compromise, saying “Justin definitely wanted to be involved, so there was a bit of a learning curve for me on how to include another voice in the design process.” She explained, “For instance, I figured out that immediately saying ‘No!’ to any suggestion is not the most collaborative move.”
Aniston’s other home is located in the famous Bird Streets in the Hollywood Hills — a 2-bed 2-bath 2,900 sq ft “starter home” she bought in 1995 for $742,500. The deeds for both properties remain under Aniston’s trust and were not modified after the two wed.
The same goes for 46-year-old Theroux, he owns a Greenwich Village apartment in NYC which has been in the headlines recently over a feud he’s having with a neighbor regarding construction. The property remains in Theroux’s name and was never modified to include Aniston.
In the eyes of the law, property that is acquired as a couple becomes community property, but since the two already owned their properties, and never changed the ownership, it’s won’t be an issue.
The other major source of contention in a split can be money earned during the relationship, but Aniston’s truckload of cash from “Friends” was secured before she met Theroux in 2007 and won’t be up for grabs during any possible settlements. Same goes for Theroux and his most well known project, “Tropic Thunder.”
Considering the separation in their assets, and their joint statement that said, “We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship,” it’s pretty clear Jen and Justin may have one of the healthiest splits in Hollywood — aside from Gwenyth and Chris, of course.