Naturally following every relationship breakup is the postmortem. People reflects on how the couple determinedly kept their relationship under the radar, though when rumors about a split were rampant the two defended their couplehood. In October, Aniston told Oprah Winfrey in an interview that they were still an item despite being apart while Vaughn was filming abroad, and Vaughn threatened to sue tabloids that implied he was kissing another woman. Now, two months later, any doubt about their status can be put to rest as they are officially separated.
The tabloids have gotten much mileage out of the year-plus relationship. Aniston and Vaughn's tight-lipped attitude from the start was only fuel for the weeklies, which ran with pregnancy rumors, engagement announcements, wedding plans and, more recently, separation on their front covers. For most of the tabloids, news of the spilt takes to the web following the announcement Dec. 5 from the reps, though in "Vaughniston" print coverage, Star investigates Vaughn's Thanksgiving holiday in Budapest in a story from a college co-ed who befriended the actor at a club. Anticipate the tabloids to put spill more ink on the breakup in next week's issues.
Getting prominent play this week is Britney Spears, who traipsed around Hollywood to the chagrin of many, including Rosie O'Donnell. Us Weekly in particular continues to worry about Spears. In its coverage this week, the magazine feels that the star needs to be saved from her wild new life. It reports that her family has intervened, urging her to stop partying and put her family and career first. Life & Style covers Spears's "wildest week ever" as she celebrates her 25th birthday and gets some advice from O'Donnell. It's called underwear.