It turns out Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer aren’t lobsters after all.
On Tuesday, social media blew up after a report appeared to confirm that Aniston, 52, and Schwimmer, 54, were more than just friends. It credited the Friends reunion special in May with stirring up “feelings.” Now, two short days later, fans’ hopes have been officially dashed.
In hindsight, the fact that it was the UK-based tabloid Closer that initially published the report should have been our first red flag. But alas, there’s no stopping the rumour-mill, especially when it involves two beloved former sitcom stars whose onscreen chemistry and “will-they-or-won’t-they?” TV romance became a cultural reset in the 1990s.
But after a whirlwind 48 hours of “OMG, are they actually?” speculation, a rep for Schwimmer shut it all down, telling the UK outlet The Sun that there was “no truth” to the rumours.
In May, during the HBO Max Friends reunion special, the former co-stars admitted to sharing an offscreen crush on one another. “The first season, I had a major crush on Jen,” Schwimmer admitted. “We were both crushing hard on each other, but it was like two ships passing because one of us was always in a relationship and we never crossed that boundary. We respected that.”
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Aniston added, “Honestly, I remember saying one time to David, ‘It’s going to be such a bummer if the first time you and I actually kiss is going to be on national television.’ Sure enough, first time we kissed was in that coffee shop.”
As a result, the actors were left to channel all their pent-up feelings into Rachel Green and Ross Geller.
Aniston was previously married to Brad Pitt from 2000 to 2005 and split from her second husband, Justin Theroux, in 2018 after almost seven years together (two of them married). Schwimmer was previously married to Zoe Buckman, with whom he shares a 10-year-old daughter.
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