These days, it seems that Jennifer Aniston can't be in a movie without gossip magazines and sites across the blogosphere automatically romantically linking her and her co-star. It's as if the tabloids are privy to some secret clause written into Aniston's contract specifying that her on-screen leading man must become her off-screen Romeo as well.

For instance, at this very moment, you'll be hard pressed to find a glossy gossip mag or celebrity blog that hasn't insinuated that Aniston and her ladies' man 'Bounty' co-star Gerard Butler are doing the horizontal mambo. While this particular rumor has yet to be proved or disproved, most of the evidence thus far is of the very iffy persuasion. The headlines usually read something like "Jen Aniston and Gerard Butler Kissing on Set!" or "Aniston and Butler Walk the Beach Arm in Arm on Set of New Movie!" Gee, wonder why they'd do those things on the set of a romantic freaking comedy. They must be a couple!

But we digress. As with many things reported by the diligently fact-checked rumor rags and gossip sites, these rumors are usually -- though surprisingly not always -- unfounded. To that end, we look back at Jen's alleged on-set hookups and separate fact from fiction. These days, it seems that Jennifer Aniston can't be in a movie without gossip magazines and sites across the blogosphere automatically romantically linking her and her co-star. It's as if the tabloids are privy to some secret clause written into Aniston's contract specifying that her on-screen leading man must become her off-screen Romeo as well.

For instance, at this very moment, you'll be hard pressed to find a glossy gossip mag or celebrity blog that hasn't insinuated that Aniston and her ladies' man 'Bounty' co-star Gerard Butler are doing the horizontal mambo. While this particular rumor has yet to be proved or disproved, most of the evidence thus far is of the very iffy persuasion. The headlines usually read something like "Jen Aniston and Gerard Butler Kissing on Set!" or "Aniston and Butler Walk the Beach Arm in Arm on Set of New Movie!" Gee, wonder why they'd do those things on the set of a romantic freaking comedy. They must be a couple!

But we digress. As with many things reported by the diligently fact-checked rumor rags and gossip sites, these rumors are usually -- though surprisingly not always -- unfounded. To that end, we look back at Jen's alleged on-set hookups and separate fact from fiction.


Tate Donovan

Appeared Together In: Five episodes of 'Friends' in 1998
The Rumor: Actually, there really wasn't one. These were the good ole days when tabloids were less concerned with Aniston's love life than they were with the cultural influence of the ubiquitous "Rachel," the oft-imitated haircut named after her character on 'Friends.'
The Reality: Donovan's five-ep guest stint as a love interest for Rachel marked the first time most people realized, "Hey, that's the guy dating Jen Aniston" -- even though they'd been an item since '95. Sadly, their off-screen romance (and engagement) ended around the same time as their on-screen love in 1998.

Vince Vaughn
Appeared Together In: 'The Break-Up' (2006)
The Rumor: Following her divorce from Brad Pitt in 2005, Aniston headed to Chicago in June and very aptly began filming the romantic comedy 'The Break-Up,' in which she and Vince Vaughn play a couple who split up but refuse to move out of their shared condo. Reports that Aniston was rebounding from the Pitt split with her funnyman co-star emerged almost immediately, though both parties denied the allegations at the time.
The Reality: Vaughn and Aniston returned to the Windy City in October to do reshoots on the film and, seemingly tired of hiding their romance, made no attempt to conceal the PDA -- kissing, dancing and making out in public for everyone to see. They ran it hot and heavy for more than a year -- and saw their movie make $118.6M at the box office -- before experiencing their own real-life break up in December of 2006.


Owen Wilson

Appeared Together In: 'Marley & Me'
The Rumor: With one 'Wedding Crasher' already on her romantic resume, would Aniston go for two with 'Marley' co-star Wilson? The tabloids certainly hoped so, which is why it came as no surprise when they began reporting that Jen was helping Owen, in his first role since his highly publicized suicide attempt, get through some tough times on the Miami set of the film -- and the two had formed a deep, not-so-platonic bond.
The Reality: The rags didn't have a whole lot of time to pat themselves on the back for that one. Turns out Wilson and Aniston were just becoming really good pals. Shortly after the Jen-Owen rumors began flying, Aniston was spotted poolside in Miami getting busy with musician John Mayer. To the delight of gossip rags everywhere, the long, painful odyssey known as Mayerston was born.

Bradley Cooper
Appeared Together In: 'He's Just Not That Into You' (2009)
The Rumor: Though the two didn't share a single scene in the ensemble romantic comedy, they were romantically linked in June -- almost immediately after Cooper's star skyrocked with the release of 'The Hangover' (shocker!). It wasn't long before the tabs were rife with reports that Aniston and Cooper were dating on the sly, going so far as to arrange top-secret rendezvous in Washington, D.C., to throw paparazzi off the scent.
The Reality: While Bradley has said he's "flattered" anyone would think they're dating, he and Jen claim simply to be good friends. Reports of their alleged romance have fizzled in recent weeks, with tabloids now happy to report that Cooper is putting the moves on Renee Zellweger, even jetting off to Spain with her for a romantic getaway. So maybe Bradley and Jen just aren't that into each other after all.

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