Did ‘Friends’ Stars, Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer, Start the Rumor That They Are Dating?

Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer are the names on everyone’s lips right now. The famed on-screen couple is rumored to be having an off-screen romance, nearly 20 years after Ross Geller and Rachel Green made their feelings known for each other in the series finale of Friends. While Schwimmer’s representation insists the stories aren’t true, we have a good idea of how the rumor started.

Rumors are swirling that Ross and Rachel have gotten together in real life

It’s been a wild ride for the last 24 hours. Yesterday, Closer Magazine published an article that alleged Schwimmer and Aniston were hanging out at her house and that a romance had bloomed after the former castmates reconnected at the Friends reunion special. If there was truth to the article, Schwimmer and Aniston have been an item since April 2021, which is when the cast filmed the special.

David Schwimmer as Ross Geller and Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green embrace in the hallway of Rachel and Monica's building during season 2 of 'Friends'
David Schwimmer as Ross Geller and Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green | Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

The article claimed that Schwimmer had abandoned his East Village townhouse in favor of Aniston’s sprawling Los Angeles estate. To be fair, Closer isn’t the only publication that has suggested Aniston and Schwimmer were something of an item. Reports of a potential romance for the pair have swirled before. Now, though, it’s pretty obvious where the most recent rumor got its legs. Aniston and Schwimmer may have inadvertently created the frenzy themselves. 

Did Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer inadvertently start the rumor that they are dating?

Aniston and Schwimmer appear to be responsible for their recent romance rumors. During the Friends reunion special, “The One Where Everyone Gets Back Together,” Schwimmer revealed he had a massive crush on Aniston while they were filming the show. He insisted the attraction was mutual, but their timing was never right.

Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green and David Schwimmer as Ross Geller sit on a steel beem for a promotional photo shoot for 'Friends'
The cast of ‘Friends’ | NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

In June 2021, shortly after the reunion, Aniston appeared on The Howard Stern Show and confirmed Schwimmer’s assertion that the feeling was mutual. She said that they both seemed to channel their feelings for each other into their characters, who were the central on-again-off-again couple on Friends.

The second the duo admitted a mutual attraction, the rumor mill kicked up. After all, the timing would work out now. Neither Schwimmer nor Aniston appears to be partnered up. Aniston ended her marriage to Justin Theroux in 2017. Schwimmer finalized his divorce from Zoe Buckman the same year. Neither has mentioned any significant, significant others since.

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston pose together at the premiere of 'The Mexican' in 2001
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston| Kevin Winter/Getty Images

During their time on Friends, Aniston and Schwimmer were in long-term relationships with other people. Schwimmer dated his Kissing a Fool Costar, Mili Avital, during his tenure on FriendsAniston dated Tate Donovan while working on the show and later married Brad Pitt.

David Schwimmer’s representation vehemently denies the on-screen love interests are in a real-life relationship

While the rumor was fun while it lasted, Schwimmer has decided to put out the fire. Schwimmer’s representation released a statement letting everyone know that Ross and Rachel as a couple is not happening in real life. According to the Independent, Schwimmer’s rep insists there is no truth to the romance rumors. Interestingly, the statement didn’t specifically dismiss the notion that Aniston and Schwimmer have spent time together, though.

Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer pose together drinking a milkshake during a promotional shoot for 'Friends'
Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer | NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Photographers captured Schwimmer out and about on the streets of New York back in March 2021, but they haven’t snapped him there since. Schwimmer has a second property in Chicago. Even if Schwimmer is spending time in LA, photographers haven’t spotted him with Aniston outside the reunion special, at least not yet. 

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