Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have split after two and a half years of marriage -the former couple “say their split was ‘mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year,’ the Associated Press reports.

“Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly,” says the statement released by longtime Aniston publicist Stephen Huvane. “Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another.”

The have split at the end of last year, but spent Christmas and New Year’s eve together with close friends. Both of them have had a busy year with Jennifer working with Reese Witherspoon on a new Apple TV series and filmed Dumplin’ in Atlanta and Justin filmed the comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me in Budapest.

Last week Aniston celebrated her 49th birthday without Justin. She celebrated in Malibu, California with a gathering including pals Courteney Cox, Andrea Bendewald, Leigh Kilton-Smith and Kristin Hahn on Sunday. Her ex was alone in New York.