Jennifer Aniston 'didn't want to announce' split from Justin Theroux 'for as long as possible'

When Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux met up "one last time" before their split last week, they weren't in total agreement over how to handle their separation.

According to a new People report, the former couple "saw each other late at night on Valentine's Day in L.A." last week, one day before taking their breakup news public through a joint statement on Thursday night.

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"They decided together that they would make the announcement the next day," a source told People. "Justin flew on a private jet to L.A. to see Jen one last time."

But, echoing reports that the stars were more different than they were alike, Aniston allegedly didn't even want to announce their split to the public, despite the fact that the couple had reportedly been broken up since the end of last year.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 26: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux attend the ceremony honoring Jason Bateman with Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on July 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 26: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux attend the ceremony honoring Jason Bateman with Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on July 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 13: Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston attend the Festival Serie Mania Opening Night, at Le Grand Rex on April 13, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux seen leaving Chanel store in Paris on April 12, 2017. (Photo by Mehdi Taamallah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 11: Actor Justin Theroux and Actress Jennifer Aniston attend the 'LVxKOONS' exhibition (Louis Vuitton and Jeff Koons Collaboration) at Musee du Louvre on April 11, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 11: (L-R) Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston attend the Louis Vuitton's Dinner for the Launch of Bags by Artist Jeff Koons at Musee du Louvre on April 11, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 04: Actor Justin Theroux and actress Jennifer Aniston attend the season 3 premiere of 'The Leftovers' at Avalon Hollywood on April 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actors Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux arrive at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actors Jennifer Aniston (L) and Justin Theroux pose backstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston seen on the streets of Manhattan on September 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux step out for dinner in Manhattan on September 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 21: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux seen out on June 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are seen in Midtown on June 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux attend the 'Zoolander 2' world premiere at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. ?? LAN (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actors Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux arrive at the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actor Justin Theroux (L) and actress Jennifer Aniston attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Santa Margherita, Heineken and Proximo Spirits)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Justin Theroux, Will Forte and Jennifer Aniston attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston attend the Celebrity Charades Goes Medieval Gala 2015 at Capitale on November 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 03: Actors Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston attend HBO's 'The Leftovers' Season 2 Premiere at Paramount Theatre on October 3, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actors Justin Theroux (L) and Jennifer Aniston attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actors Justin Theroux (L) and Jennifer Aniston attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston attend the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actors Justin Theroux (L) and Jennifer Aniston attend the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Actors Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston arrive at the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actors Justin Theroux (L) and Jennifer Aniston attend the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for A&E Network)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actor Justin Theroux and actress Jennifer Aniston attend HBO's post Golden Globe Awards party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actor Justin Theroux and actress Jennifer Aniston arrive at the 16th Annual Warner Bros. And InStyle Post-Golden Globe Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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"Jen didn't want to announce it for as long as possible," the source added. "She wanted to avoid the media attention."

"But that's not Justin's style," the insider contended. "He wanted to make the announcement so he can live his life."

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And Theroux has definitely been living his life over the past several months, much of it without Aniston by his side. Insiders close to the couple revealed that the couple have been spending most of their time on opposite coasts -- with Aniston in Los Angeles -- a city she has "grown more attached to" -- and Theroux in New York, a city he has "always" loved.

It's that specific divide that created an unsolvable issue in their two-year marriage.

"It seems Justin gave up many months ago," the People source explained. "For the past few months, he has spent very little time in L.A. Jen very recently started telling people that they were over. She seems okay now, but was still hoping as of a few weeks ago that they could figure things out."

Theroux and Aniston had been together since 2011, three years after they first met on the set of "Tropic Thunder." They wed in a 2015 ceremony at their Bel-Air mansion, though rumors swirled over the weekend that the ceremony was more symbolic -- TMZ couldn't find any official records proving that they were legally married.

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Promotional portrait of American actor Jennifer Aniston for the television series, 'Friends,' c. 1995. (photo by NBC Television/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actress Jennifer Aniston attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles,California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SANTA BARBARA, CA - JANUARY 30: Actress Jennifer Aniston attends the Montecito Award honoring Jennifer Aniston at the Arlington Theater at the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival on January 30, 2015 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for The Santa Barbara International Film Festival)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Jennifer Aniston and Emma Stone attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux arrive to the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California on February 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ (Photo credit should read ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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