Aniston Talks About Ex, Gets Slammed by His Widow

Jen said he 'would have been the one'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2015 9:02 AM CST
Aniston Talks About Ex, Gets Slammed by His Widow
Jennifer Aniston, a cast member in "Cake," turns back for photographers at the premiere of the film at Arclight Cinemas on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Four sentences in a New York Times profile last week have set off quite a firestorm for Jennifer Aniston. Aniston, unprompted and without naming names, mentioned to the Times an old boyfriend of hers who died after their relationship ended. He wasn't even named in the piece: "He was my first love—five years we were together," Aniston said. "He would have been the one. But I was 25, and I was stupid. He must have sent me [fiance] Justin [Theroux] to make up for it all." But the man's widow apparently knew exactly who Aniston was talking about and fired back on Facebook, the New York Daily News reports. Turns out Aniston was talking about actor Daniel McDonald, who died of brain cancer in 2007 at age 46. Their relationship had ended in 1994.

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"After Daniel died, I reached out to [Aniston] to give her back all the photographs from the time they were together. I never got an answer back from her," wrote Mujah Maraini-Melehi on Facebook, according to the Daily News. "I am sorry that Jennifer did not realize the treasure that was Daniel when she had the chance, long before he and I met and long before he died. It pains me to read the headlines that allude to her losing him tragically when she was not present during his long and difficult illness." Maraini-Melehi and McDonald had two children together. Click for more on Aniston's relationship with McDonald, including a picture of the actor. (Read more Jennifer Aniston stories.)

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