It’s one thing to be George Clooney and to be asked about your thoughts on Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s breakup and impending divorce (though, ugh, how painfully awkward was that blindside?). It’s another to be fielding questions as the current husband of the ex-wife (got that?) from over a decade ago. But that’s exactly the situation Jennifer Aniston‘s hubby, Justin Theroux found himself in, while he was promoting The Girl on the Train and was asked about the demise of Brangelina.
“As a child of divorce, all I can say is that’s terrible news for those children and that’s all you can really say,” Theroux told Business Insider during the press tour for his new movie. “It’s boring to sort of comment on anything else. People are having a bad time. That’s horrible.”
Understandably, Justin doesn’t get why Jen is dragged into it all, saying, “There’s an endless appetite for trash, apparently — though everyone would say that they don’t have that appetite. But I think a lot of people do because people buy it.”
Theroux continued: “But there are bigger things to bitch about. It’s shocking how much bandwidth things can take up when there are far more important things going on in the world.”
Can we get an amen, people? Because Justin’s answer is exactly what we’ve wanted to hear — and what we’ve all been thinking. It couldn’t be Jen that said the words, even though she likely feels the exact same way, because some hungry media outlets would portray her as a pitiful, childless character in this sad, sad tale. But well handled by Justin. Did he have this answer rehearsed and ready? Probably. But it was still a caring and thoughtful response to a question he shouldn’t have had to answer in the first place.