It was a close call, but Jennifer Aniston managed to avoid a run-in with her ex Justin Theroux this past weekend at the star-studded birthday bash Jimmy Kimmel threw for his 1-year-old son, Billy.
Theroux and Aniston are both close friends with Kimmel and his wife, Molly McNearney, and The Leftovers actor showed up to the party first. Then, just as he was making his exit, Aniston arrived and spent a couple of hours mingling at the party and sending her best wishes to the birthday boy.
Theroux also posted a special birthday tribute to Billy on Instagram that included a cute pic of himself with the child and a message about the health battle the little guy faced over the past year.
Happy ONE year birthday Billy! ? A boy who in 365 days has done more for American national health care than we could all wish to do in our lifetimes. He doesn’t even know yet how courageous he is. An honor to know him and his incredible and equally courageous parents. ❤️ Thank you @CedarsSinai & @ChildrensLA #registertovote
In the message, the actor also thanked Cedars Sinai Hospital and Los Angeles Children’s Hospital and reminded fans to register to vote.
Kimmel tearfully revealed last May that Billy had a congenital heart condition – tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia – and it required him to undergo two heart surgeries, including one when he was just three days old.
He had the second surgery in December at the age of seven months, and Kimmel has used the situation as a platform to advocate for universal health care.
As for Aniston and Theroux, sources say that she is doing well and her life now in Los Angeles is not very different than it was before the split, while he has moved on with his life in New York City.
The Friends star also made her first public appearance since the breakup at the WE Day California event last week. Wearing a WE day t-shirt, jeans, and a blazer – plus a black wrist brace – she happily greeted fans and signed autographs while making her way down the carpet at The Forum in Inglewood.
Other stars that appeared at the annual youth empowerment event included Selena Gomez, Morgan Freeman, Lily Collins, and host John Stamos.
Since Aniston and Theroux announced their divorce back in February, she has kept a relatively low profile, and went on vacation to Tahiti with Kimmel, McNearney, and pal Courteney Cox. Her friends are also inviting her out and taking her to parties. Jennifer Aniston has a good group of friends that are taking care of her.