They were, for quite some time, thought to be dating, a rumor that would not die down even though they kept denying it. If they did date, Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston are still on excellent terms, it has emerged.
The Enquirer claims in its latest print issue (story via here
) that the two, who co-starred in the romantic comedy “The Bounty Hunter,” are still friends and talk on the phone regularly.
Somehow, though, Gerard forgot about Jennifer’s birthday
– but when he did remember, he made sure he surprised her the best way he knows how: he called her up and sang Happy Birthday to her.
“Dining al fresco with pals in the Chateau Marmont’s garden, Butler suddenly smacked his forehead and blurted: ‘Ohmigod! It’s Jen Aniston’s birthday. I’ve got to call her right now and wish her a happy one’,” the Enquirer writes.
Though it’s difficult for any fan to imagine Butler saying things like “ohmigod!” the tab claims the story is accurate.
“Whipping out his cell phone, Butler speed-dialed, got Jen and bellowed cheerily: ‘Happy birthday, LUV!’” writes the same publication.
“After a few joke-y gibes about her age (she’s 42), the sentimental Scot propped the phone in the middle of the table and – as diners gawked, grinned and even joined in – he enthusiastically conducted his posse in a pitchy but powerful rendition of Happy Birthday,” the Enquirer says.
We also noted at the time on at least a couple of occasions that Jennifer and Gerard often denied any romantic involvement, saying they were simply very good friends who had the chance to be working together.
Nevertheless, that failed to convince many fans, who truly believed they had a little “thing” going on.
On the other hand, rumblings in the blogosphere have also claimed that the romance was actually a showmance
, that is to say, a fake romance set up by their PR with the sole purpose of pushing the movie “The Bounty Hunter.”
It’s not unheard of and, if true, it would certainly not be the first (or last) PR stunt of the type.