Jennifer Aniston is struggling after her father, John Anthony Aniston, died on Friday at the age of 89.
The 53-year-old Friends veteran was “heartbroken,” a source told UsWeekly’s new issue.
The Emmy-winning actress hasn’t posted on Instagram since sharing a loving tribute with throwback photos with her dad.
Hard to say goodbye: Jennifer Aniston struggles after her father John Anthony Aniston died Friday at the age of 89; seen in 2012
No more relatives: her mother Nancy Dow died in 2016 and now that her father is gone too, she is without parents; seen in 2020
“It’s heartbreaking for her to deal with this, but she is focused on the wonderful legacy her father leaves behind and tries to help Sherry in any way she can,” a source said.
John married Sherry Rooney in 1984 and the couple share son Alexander.
Jennifer’s mother, Nancy Dow, died aged 79 in 2016.
The insider added, “He adored Jen and was so proud of everything she accomplished.”
But Aniston will soon have to get back to work as she has more to do on the third season of The Morning Show with Reese Witherspoon and she has to promote Murder Mystery 2 with Adam Sandler which will be released on February 10, 2023.
The actress took to Instagram to pay tribute to her father with a slew of snaps of them together over the years.
The Cake star and her father had endured a famous relationship but they reconciled before his death, as she previously detailed calling him daily during the coronavirus pandemic.
Not easy: The 53-year-old Friends veteran was ‘heartbroken’, source tells new issue of UsWeekly
Tribute: Jennifer wrote: ‘Sweet dad… John Anthony Aniston. You were one of the most beautiful humans I’ve ever known’
John was best known for his role in Days Of Our Lives. His first role on the show was as Dr. Eric Richards in 1969, but he left the show after a year.
He returned to the soap opera as Victor Kiriakis beginning in July 1985, playing the character for over three decades.
The role earned him a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2017 and he received a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022.
Jennifer opened up about her parents’ divorce in 1999 in an interview with Rolling Stone, saying it was the most “painful” time of her life, before she reconciled with her father.
She said: ‘My mother told me. I went to a birthday party, and when I came back she said, “Your dad isn’t going to be here for a little while.
Childhood photo: The actress took to Instagram to pay tribute to her father with a slew of snaps of them together over the years
She didn’t say he was gone forever. I don’t know if I blocked him, but I just remember sitting there crying, not realizing he was gone.
“I don’t know what I did later that night or the next day. I don’t remember anything other than it was weird that all of a sudden my dad wasn’t around. And he left for a while. About a year.’
She revealed she had never heard from him once during that time and explained, “He just called one day and said, ‘Let’s go see The Fantastickes.
“So we had dinner for a bit and saw the show. After that, I started seeing him on the weekends and this new way of life unfolded.
Jennifer said she desperately wanted to please him so he wouldn’t leave her again and she asked him why he left.
Looking back: Jennifer spoke about the difficult relationship she had with her parents, including her mother Nancy Dow (right), but she says she has forgiven them both
Jen’s mother-in-law: John married Sherry Rooney in 1984 and the couple share son Alexander
“Like I said, he’s not a good communicator. Maybe if my parents had talked more. There were signs, but also, knowing my dad, he probably didn’t say anything.
“But, as best he could, my dad explained himself and apologized, and that’s enough.” We reconciled. There are still parts that are difficult for me, but I am an adult. I can’t blame my parents anymore.
She described her father as “tall, six-foot-two; a gentle giant, indeed. One of the nicest men you will ever meet. Incredibly shy and funny.
In 2020, The Mail on Sunday reported that Jennifer had reconciled with her father and called him every day during the pandemic.
A source said: ‘Jen has forgiven her dad for dating a long time ago. But their relationship has had its ups and downs.
“Jennifer hasn’t spoken to him for ages. But since the coronavirus crisis, she has been on the phone almost every day. And not just short conversations.
Chip off the old block: John was an actor who was best known for his role as Victor Kiriakis in Days of Our Lives, which he played from July 1985
The insider added, “It’s like she realized life is very short and she wants her relationship with John to be the best it can be.” He is delighted that they have reconciled.
In her tribute, Jennifer wrote, “Sweet Dad… John Anthony Aniston. You were one of the most beautiful humans I have ever known.
“I am so grateful that you soared to the heavens in peace – and without pain. And 11/11 no less!
“You always had perfect timing. This number will always have an even greater meaning for me now. I will love you until the end of time.’
She added, “Don’t forget to visit.”
John also had a son, Alexander, with his second wife, Sherry Rooney, whom he met while co-starring in Love of Life.
Forgiveness: She said, “I forgave my mother. I forgave my father. I’ve forgiven my family,’ Jennifer revealed, which is a big deal considering she had been estranged from her mother for years
In an interview several years ago, John was asked how he would like to be remembered.
After thinking about it for a moment, he simply replied, “He was a good actor.
Her father’s passing comes after Jennifer spoke of the pain of her parents’ divorce and forgiveness to both her mother and father later in life.
Talk to Seduce last week she said, “I think my mom’s divorce really screwed her up.”
But after years of reflection, she is now able to see some of the limitations someone of her mother’s generation had to cross.
They had a connection: He often supported her at her red carpet events in the 1990s
“Back then, it wasn’t like, ‘Go to therapy, talk to somebody. Why don’t you start microdosing? ‘You go through life and take your child with tears on your face and you have no help,’ she added, apparently referring to her mother’s situation.
“I forgave my mother. I forgave my father. I forgave my family,’ Jennifer revealed, which is very important given that she had been estranged from her mother for years.
Having now reaped the benefits of forgiveness, The Morning Show star said she now knows how “important” it is to let go of hurtful moments shrouded in resentment.
He was also a friend: Here he is seen with Jen in 1995 after leaving Friends
She said: ‘It’s toxic to have that resentment, that anger. I learned this by watching my mother never let go.
‘I remember saying, ‘Thank you for showing me what will never be’. “So that’s what I mean by taking the darkest things that happen in our lives, the not-so-happy times, and trying to find places to honor them because of what they’ve given us. .”
The actress went on to exemplify those benefits as she confessed she had the motivation to move out of her family’s home, which she described as “not a fun home to live in”, following her parents’ divorce. parents.
“I was excited to get out,” she said of the family’s New York apartment.
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