Aniston: I'm NOT Engaged; 'Us Weekly': Yeah, Right
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Rumors regarding the relationship between about Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn have been circulating for months. What began as tabloid talk of a mere romance following her split from husband Brad Pitt a year ago has evolved to full-blown news reports of an engagement. But the rumors, apparently, have gone too far, as far as Aniston is concerned. After Us Weekly's cover story last week of the couple's June 27 engagement, Aniston bypassed Us Weekly entirely, going to rival People to set the record straight.
"Insane" was just one word Aniston used to describe the stories of her engagement to Vaughn. She flat out denied the rumors, saying, "I'm not engaged and I don't have a ring and I haven't been proposed to."
Though talk of an engagement has been recycled in the tabloids for weeks now, the last straw for Aniston was when the mainstream media picked up the "scoop." "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," she told People. (No say on how Vaughn feels about the coverage.)
So just what is their status? Aniston was spectacularly vague, saying they are "just being," but that they definitely aren't getting married. Us Weekly, though, isn't buying any of it. The tabloid stuck by its story, with an article in the current issue filled with recent sightings of the two in tune with their engagement plans. Further conviction is found on its website, which referenced past PR denials of Us Weekly cover stories that have rung true, including Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson's split, Sandra Bullock's surprise wedding, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's canoodling, Jolie's separation from husband Billy Bob Thornton and Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake's split. Their cover story this week was another celebrity romance scandal -- Kate Hudson's split from husband Chris Robinson and her secret affair with Owen Wilson.
Were other magazines brave enough to cry engagement this week? Not quite, but they weren't afraid to dissect Jen and Vince's relationship. Star wonders if Vaughn, like Pitt, will run because Aniston doesn't want to have children; In Touch examines exactly why the two aren't engaged (they're taking it slow); and Life & Style reports that there was an engagement, but it has since been called off.
Since People's exclusive interview broke, Aniston's denials have been buzzing through the mainstream media with as much steam as the reports of her engagement. That should make her happy.