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Schwimmer denies rumors of Aniston romantic relationship

‘Friends’ star rejects UK magazine report that said recent reunion of sitcom stars ‘stirred up feelings for both of them’

(L) David Schwimmer (Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File) and (R) Jennifer Aniston (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
(L) David Schwimmer (Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File) and (R) Jennifer Aniston (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

A representative for David Schwimmer denied on Wednesday fevered speculation that the actor and his “Friends” costar Jennifer Aniston have realized they are meant for each other and have been “spending time together.”

The denial, which broke the hearts of many fans of the sitcom, came in the wake of an anonymously sourced and vaguely worded report in a British magazine that the “chemistry” between the two actors “was still there” after they had to bury their feelings for a number of years.

“After the reunion, it became clear that reminiscing over the past had stirred up feelings for both of them and that chemistry they’d always had to bury was still there. They began texting immediately after filming and, just last month, David flew from his home in New York to see Jen in LA,” an unnamed source told the UK’s Closer magazine.

“They’ve been spending time at Jen’s home, where she’s cooked dinners in the evenings, and have enjoyed quality time together, chatting and laughing. They were also spotted drinking wine, deep in conversation, as they walked around one of Jen’s favorite vineyards in Santa Barbara, where it was clear there was lots of chemistry between them,” the source said.

In a special reunion episode of the hit sitcom screened earlier this year, the two admitted they had feelings for each other during filming for the original show.

Asked by host James Corden if any of the six stars had real-life chemistry, both Aniston and Schwimmer confessed to “crushing hard on each other” early in the smash hit show’s run.

“I remember saying, one time, to David, ‘It’s going to be such a bummer if the first time you and I actually kiss is going to be on national television,'” recalled Aniston.

“Sure enough, first time we kissed was in that coffee shop,” she said, referring to the New York-based show’s famous “Central Perk” set.

“So we just channeled all of our adoration and love for each other into Ross and Rachel.”

The two characters’ on-off relationship was a cornerstone of “Friends” throughout its 10-year, 236-episode run — which ended with a romantic reconciliation.

The stars of “Friends,” from left, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc in Los Angeles, Sept. 22, 2002. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, file)

Co-creator David Crane said in an interview that the writers had asked themselves if the pair really should end up together.

“We discussed perhaps sort of ambivalent endings,” he said.

“And we went ‘No, this is ‘Friends,’ people have been waiting 10 years to see this couple get together, we’ve got to give them what they want.'”

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