Jennifer Aniston's husband Justin Theroux reflects on difficulties of media attention on their relationship

'I would love to walk around New York with my wife. Take her to Washington Square Park. What would happen if we just did that? It would turn into a shit show. It would be not fun,' says Theroux

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After news of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s divorce hit headlines, the Twittersphere was flooded with memes and broadsides relishing in speculating about how Jennifer Aniston would be taking the news. The fact it had been over a decade since Pitt and Aniston divorced did not stop The New York Post plastering an image of Aniston grinning from ear to ear on its front page.

Through no choice of her own, Anniston was unwittingly thrust headfirst back into the limelight. As such, attention in supermarket gossip mags and tabloids turned towards Aniston’s marriage with her new husband Justin Theroux. In turn, Theroux inevitably also found himself propelled into the public eye.

Theroux, the actor and screenwriter who has appeared in Mulholland Drive and written the screenplay for Zoolander 2, has now opened up about his first year of marriage to Aniston.

In doing so, he has reflected on the “calming” effect his marriage has had on him and the lessons he has learned. “I think it taught me to settle a little bit,” he told Elle magazine. “It does have a calming effect.”

When probed about whether he believed in monogamy, Theroux explained: ”Obviously. I'm married. I think marriage taught me to settle a little bit. It does have a calming effect.”

“I think it's at what age you make that commitment. When you hear about people in the '50s getting married at 20, you're like, What were they thinking? My grandparents were together for over 50 years.”

“My grandfather used to write one sentence every day in his journal: 'I love Anne more than ever today.' I think that was his meditation - keeping him in his marriage, and also his appreciation for it. It was very touching.”

Nevertheless, Theroux also touched upon the fact press attention can make it difficult to do normal couple activities.

“It's a luxury problem, but I would love to walk around New York with my wife. Take her to Washington Square Park,” he explained. ”What would happen if we just did that? It would turn into a shit show. It would be not fun.”

Aniston and Theroux married at their Bel Air estate in 2015 in an intimate private ceremony after already being together for four years.

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