On Tuesday morning, a star news source whose reputation I can in no way vouch for reported a touch of data that’s nonetheless too tantalizing to not repeat: Former Friends castmates Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer are, per an unnamed source, an item. As in, they’re together. As in, Ross and Rachel from Friends are (maybe) a few in the real world.
This news would if true, be of world-historical import. Ross and Rachel—the biggest will-they-or-won’t-they couple one among the most important television shows of all time—are now perhaps each other’s lobsters in any case, as zillion tweets have already declared. Anonymous online gossip queen Deux Moi is that the first but surely not the last to mention it’s fake, but I can’t help it, i would like it to be real. The report comes courtesy of an internet site called Closer, which bills itself as “one of the U.K.’s leading lifestyle sites.”
When it involves landing celebrity scoops, Closer (not to be confused with the stateside women’s magazine of an equivalent name) is not any TMZ, to make certain. except for what it’s worth, it’s not a toilet stall, either: the location is owned by Bauer Media Group, a world publishing empire that, until fairly recently, also owned U.S. gossip magazines like InTouch and Life & Style Weekly. (They were sold to American Media in 2018.)
Can you trust Closer, and more specifically, an anonymous source Closer is quoting? I even have no idea. except for those folks who want to believe, I feel it’s worth indulging the strongest arguments that, in my opinion, support the plausibility of this coupling. First point: the buddies reunion. The Closer story says it had been special, which was shot in April and aired on HBO Max in May, that started all this. during this reunion, Aniston and Schwimmer shared the never-before-publicly-revealed secret that they’d had crushes on one another back in their Friends days, a detail that struck me at the time as directly completely manufactured for TV and completely something I wanted to believe anyway.
consistent with the Closer story, seeing one another to film the special reignited that ex. Here may be a widely-circulated photo of them from the said special. Ever since they’ve reportedly been texting. Schwimmer is claimed to possess flown to ascertain Aniston in l. a., and—I think this last detail may be a little more dubious if you peruse the cited Instagram posts but whatever—they’ve supposedly been flirting on social media. Oh and, as if that weren’t enough, apparently the remains of the buddies cast knows: The anonymous source told Closer, “Jen had to ask Courteney [Cox] and Lisa [Kudrow] to rein in their excitement after they got overexcited and began talking of an engagement!” Ugh, a reminder “The One Where Everybody Finds Out.”
Not only does the timeline of the reunion match up, there’s also an armchair-psychology reading to be done. These are two actors who seem invested in preserving their past selves, a minimum of physically (as one recent Elle Australia piece put it, “the Friends cast has been refreshingly open about plastic surgery”). On the reunion special, the deep nostalgia that Schwimmer and Aniston pity the buddies years, and their own bond some time past, was clear. The impulse to settle into a relationship that seems like a container to their early careers is perfectly understandable. That brings us to a different pair of exes: Bennifer.
I’m not saying that because Bennifer Part II seemed completely improbable then clothed to be maybe-true that this unrelated relationship must be real too. What I’m saying instead is: check out the positive reception Bennifer’s gotten. The masses love throwback flings and second-chance, later-in-life love stories. Affleck and Lopez are this summer’s biggest source of “gossip oxytocin”: Goodwill toward both stars seems through the roof. Why wouldn’t Aniston and Schwimmer want a number of that? Once again: Who knows if it’s a stunt, or if it’s real! But it’s hard to deny that reviving a vintage romance may be a pretty great P.R. move.