It was the shock engagement that nobody saw coming. Following a year-long-romance, Justin Theroux proposed to the Friends star last Friday, on his birthday. But it would seem that the engagement didn’t come without some drama. In the days running up to the proposal, it was being widely reported that Jennifer and Justin, 41, had been going through a rocky patch with American publication Star reporting that the couple had split up. They’d been recently living apart with Justin in New York and Jennifer filming in North Carolina. Furthermore, there was intense speculation that the actor had been spotted dining with his ex of 14 years, Heidi Bivens.
Since going public with the news though, the mystery surrounding the proposal seems to have only deepened. Initially, Jennifer’s father John Aniston revealed that he was unaware his daughter had got engaged. He told website celebuzz.com, ‘It’s the first I’ve heard about it. It's a surprise to me. I'll have to look online. When I find out more, I guess I'll tell you.’ But just hours later Jennifer’s publicist insisted her dad was aware of the engagement and was just playing dumb. ‘John did know about the engagement but did not know when we would go public with the information so when he was caught off guard on the phone he did not want to be tricked into giving out any information that was not cleared by Jennifer and Justin.’
Grazia has learned that at the end of last week, Justin made a last minute dash to visit Jennifer on set of her new film, We’re The Millers, and it was then that he apparently decided to pop the question over dinner. Jennifer’s news comes hot on the heels of rumours that her ex-husband Brad Pitt is marrying Angelina Jolie in France this weekend. For the full story on the dramas leading up to the proposal, pick up a copy of this week’s Grazia.