Courteney Cox has stepped in to defend her former ‘Friends’ colleague Jennifer Aniston from the media spotlight and speculation that’s surrounded her ever since the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie divorce came to light, saying “it’s not about her”.

The ‘Brangelina’ split has been the dominant news story for the past week and, one day after the divorce story came out, social media was flooded with gifs and memes of 47 year old Aniston cheerleading and celebrating Ang and her ex-husband Brad’s misery. #JenniferAniston even briefly became the second most popular topic on Twitter, behind #Brangelina itself.

Jennifer AnistonJennifer Aniston, now married to Justin Theroux, has been unceremoniously dragged into the 'Brangelina' divorce

Aniston even briefly had to get out of L.A. to avoid the press scrutiny and intrusion last week, and her friend Courteney Cox urged the press to leave her out of it. “I feel like we're exacerbating it by even talking about it,” she told Entertainment Tonight at a charity event in L.A. on Tuesday.

Pitt and Aniston were, of course, married for five years until 2005, when they divorced at around the same time that Pitt was filming Mr. And Mrs. Smith with Jolie, which is widely regarded as the point at which they got together.

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Cox’s comments came just a day after Aniston’s husband, 45 year old Justin Theroux, slammed the press for intruding upon his wife in the way they had been.

“There's an endless appetite for trash, apparently – though everyone would say that they don't have that appetite,” he told Business Insider on Monday. “But I think a lot of people do because people buy it. But there are bigger things to bitch about. It's shocking how much bandwidth things can take up when there are far more important things going on in the world.”

Theroux did comment upon the six Jolie-Pitt kids, who are all going to be the subject of a ferocious custody battle between their parents in the immediate future.

“As a child of divorce, all I can say is that's terrible news for those children and that's all you can really say,” he said.

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