Jennifer Aniston & Vince Vaughn Split

The Break-Up costars end their romance, PEOPLE confirms exclusively

Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn are no longer just friends. They are to become man and wife, it was reported on Wednesday’s Today show.

Vaughn, 36, and Aniston, 37, began dating last summer while working on The Break-Up in Chicago. “She’s awesome,” Vaughn told PEOPLE in June 2005. “She has just a wonderful warmth and likeability about her.”

Rumors of a romance began to swirl almost immediately when they started filming – especially after the costars appeared touchy-feely at the film’s August wrap party – but both insisted they were just friends.

Aniston told Vanity Fair, “I adore Vince Vaughn, but I’m not going out with Vince Vaughn.” Vaughn told Katie Couric on the Today show at the time, “(Jen’s) been great, and we’ve been having a great time shooting the movie. But that’s really been the extent of it.”

But by October they were back in Chicago, near Vaughn’s Lake Forest hometown, where they were spotted kissing and cuddling at various bars and restaurants – and even having lunch with his mother, Sharon, and stepfather.

Though they never publicly discussed their romance, the couple were soon shooting down wedding rumors. In April Aniston called in to The Oprah Winfrey Show to deny a tabloid report that Winfrey was planning an $8 million wedding for her and Vaughn.

“(The rumors) are so unbelievable,” Aniston told Winfrey. “It sounds like you’re giving me Santa Barbara.” Asked if she had anything to announce, Aniston said, “No wedding, no moves, no, no.”

A few weeks later, Vaughn himself joked to Winfrey, “I’m expecting a pretty good band for $8 million.” He also told the talk-show host, “Jennifer’s great. She’s one of my favorite people. ? She’s just really smart and funny and easy to be with – very considerate. She’s great.”

This summer, the couple traveled to The Break-Up premieres all over the world, and, although they avoided being photographed together on the red carpet, were seen taking a romantic boat ride in Paris, catching a Cubs game in Chicago and visiting an aquarium in Sydney.

“Vince and Jennifer are the real thing,” a Vaughn friend told PEOPLE at the Los Angeles premiere of The Break Up in May. “They’re both in a really great place.”

Aniston herself said on the red carpet that night, “I’m just happy. There’s no reason to be anything else, is there?”

This will be the first marriage for Vaughn and the second for Aniston, who split with Brad Pitt in January 2005 after four years of marriage.

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