Jennifer Aniston is struggling after her father, John Anthony Aniston, passed away on Friday at the age of 89.
The 53-year-old Friends veteran has been “heartbroken”, a source told the new edition of usweekly.
The Emmy-winning actress hasn’t posted on Instagram since she shared a loving tribute of old photos with her father.
Hard to say goodbye: Jennifer Aniston is struggling after her father, John Anthony Aniston, passed away on Friday at the age of 89; seen in 2012
No More Parents: Her mother, Nancy Dow, died in 2016 and now that her father is gone, too, she has no parents; seen in 2020
“It’s heartbreaking for her to be dealing with this, but she is focusing on the wonderful legacy her father is leaving behind and trying to help Sherry in any way she can,” a source said.
John married Sherry Rooney in 1984 and the couple share one son, Alexander.
Jennifer’s mother, Nancy Dow, died at age 79 in 2016.
The source added: “He adored Jen and was very proud of everything she had accomplished.”
But Aniston will have to get back to work soon, as she has more to do on the third season of The Morning Show with Reese Witherspoon and has to promote Murder Mystery 2 with Adam Sandler, which is set to premiere on February 10, 2023.
The actress took to Instagram to pay tribute to her father with a plethora of snaps of them together over the years.
The Cake star and her father had endured a famously rocky relationship but reconciled before her death, as she detailed calling him every day during the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s not easy: The 53-year-old Friends veteran has been ‘heartbroken’, a source told the new edition of UsWeekly
Tribute: Jennifer wrote: ‘Sweet dad… John Anthony Aniston. You were one of the most beautiful humans I have ever met.
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 more than 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 Stonesaying it was the most ‘painful’ moment of his life, before he reconciled with his father.
She said: ‘My mom told me. I went to a birthday party and when I came back she told me: “Your father won’t be around for a while”.
Childhood photo: The actress took to Instagram to pay tribute to her father with a plethora of snaps of them together over the years
She didn’t say she was gone forever. I don’t know if I blocked it, but I just remember sitting there crying, not understanding that she was gone.
I don’t know what I did later that night or the next day. I don’t remember anything other than how strange that suddenly my father was not there. And he was gone for a while. About a year.’
She revealed that she never heard from him once during that period, explaining: “He called one day and said, ‘Let’s go see The Fantastickes.
So we had a little dinner and watched the show. After that I started seeing him on the weekends and this new way of life just developed.
Jennifer said she was desperate to please him so he wouldn’t leave her again and that she asked him why he left.
Looking back: Jennifer has spoken about the difficult relationship she had with her parents, including her mother Nancy Dow (right), but says she has forgiven them both.
Jen’s stepmother: 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 father, he probably didn’t say anything.
‘But, as he could, my dad explained and apologized, and that’s enough. We reconcile. 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 feet two inches; 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, calling him every day during the pandemic.
A source said: ‘Jen forgave her father for leaving a long time ago. But their relationship has had its ups and downs.
‘Jennifer didn’t speak to him for a long time. But since the coronavirus crisis she has been on the phone almost every day. And not just short conversations.
Remove the old block: John was an actor best known for his role as Victor Kiriakis on Days of Our Lives, which he had played since July 1985.
The source added: “It’s like she’s realized that life is so 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 met.
I am so thankful that you ascended to heaven in peace and without pain. And 11/11 no less!
You always had the perfect moment. That number will always have even greater meaning to 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 mom. I forgave my father. I have 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 while, he simply replied, ‘He was a good actor.’
Her father’s passing comes after Jennifer opened up about the pain of her parents’ divorce and her mother and father’s forgiveness later in life.
speaking to Seduce last week, he said, “I think my mom’s divorce really messed her up.”
But after years of reflection, you can now see some of the limitations someone from your mother’s generation had to go through.
They had a bond: He often supported her at her red carpet events in the 1990s.
“In that generation it wasn’t like, ‘Go to therapy, talk to someone. Why don’t you start microdosing?’ You go through life and you pick up your son with tears in your eyes and you have no help, ”he added, in an apparent reference to the situation of his mother.
‘I forgave my mom. I forgave my father. I have forgiven my family,’ Jennifer revealed, which is a big deal considering she had been estranged from her mother for years.
Having reaped the benefits of forgiveness, The Morning Show star said she now knows how “important” it is to let go of painful moments wrapped in resentment.
He was a friend too: here he is seen with Jen in 1995 after Friends had taken off.
She said: ‘It’s toxic to have that resentment, that anger. I learned that by watching my mom never let go.
‘I remember saying, ‘Thank you for showing me what will never be.’ “So that’s what I mean by taking the darker things that happen in our lives, the not-so-happy moments, and trying to find places to honor them for what they’ve given us.”
The actress went on to exemplify those benefits by confessing that she gained the motivation to leave her family home, which she described as ‘not a fun house to live in’, as a result of her parents’ divorce.
“I was thrilled to be out,” she said of the family’s New York City apartment.