Anyone who has seen The Break-Up knows what a fantastic chemistry Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn have on-screen; the kind on constantly needy, argumentative chemistry that made us want to die before the film ended.
But things off-screen looked a lot less like a crappy TV drama with no jokes in it than The Break-Up for Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn. In fact, rumours persisted that Vince Vaughn had actually proposed to Jennifer Aniston and the pair were now happily engaged. But now Jennifer Aniston, in her typically restrained and understated way, has decided to tell the world that anyone who seriously thinks she'd ever get engaged to a foolishly-haired slob like Vince Vaughn is insane. Or that the stories aren't true. One or the other.
To the casual observer, Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn are a wonderful couple who have been through a lot. Vince Vaughn has helped Jennifer Aniston stop incessantly banging on about Brad Pitt like a self-pitying parrot, and Jennifer Aniston has helped start all kinds of "really? Vince Vaughn?" conversations across the land. They've both been pulled over on suspicion of drink-driving, and they've apparently moved in together. But ask Jennifer Aniston or Vince Vaughn about marriage, and that's when they start to lose their shit.
Remember the rumours of Oprah Winfrey's $8 million Jennifer Aniston/ Vince Vaughn wedding? That stirred fury deep within Jennifer Aniston, enough for her to become silent on TV for the first time ever instead of launching into a tedious monologue about sunsets and feelings and pity parties. And then it was rumoured that Vince Vaughn proposed to Jennifer Aniston in Paris a few weeks ago. And then it was rumoured that Vince Vaughn proposed to Jennifer Aniston on an aeroplane. Again. Either way, Vince and Jen were probably engaged, the stories went. However, Jennifer Aniston has decided to phone up People magazine and lose her shit all over again. It would be easier to tell you that Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn aren't engaged, but it's more fun to print what Jennifer told People:
"I'm not engaged and I don't have a ring and I haven't been proposed to. Normally we don't even acknowledge these things because they're endless, at this point, the thing that got me was that I was getting phone calls from Greece! My Aunt Mary in Greece is getting accused of lying! I mean, they're getting angry. My dad calls and he says, 'Honey, it's on the CNN crawl,' and I'm going, 'Wait a second!' When it starts to travel over into the Today show and CNN and supposedly reliable and accurate news programs, then you just go, 'This is insane.' People are getting fed a lot of bull… It's so funny, with Vince, it's like the joke we had. I said, 'Okay, so you're on a romantic location. You've got the beach, you've got the sunset, but no, no, you're going to wait for an airplane ride. 'First of all, are you going to try and curb my fear of flying? Are you trying to trap me on a plane?'"
The feelings that Jennifer Aniston's engagement-denying speech provoked within us are complicated and unusual. While we're obviously disappointed that Jennifer Aniston isn't engaged to Vince Vaughn – it means returning the salt and pepper set we bought them as a wedding gift – we still think it's kind of sweet that Jennifer Aniston obviously thinks that people actually still give a stuff about her now that she's not on Friends any more.
[story by Stuart Heritage]