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Jennifer Aniston broke up with Rachel's love interest on Friends weeks before filming together

Red (UK) logo Red (UK) 08/09/2018 Dusty Baxter-Wright

Tate Donovan and Jennifer Aniston © Getty Tate Donovan and Jennifer Aniston You know we'll take any opportunity to get nostalgic about Friends, and at this point we thought we knew everything there was to know about the sitcom - from the glaring plot holes to the details you only notice the millionth time you tune in.

But did you know that Jennifer Aniston actually broke up with actor Tate Donovan just weeks before he guest-starred as Rachel Green's boyfriend Joshua for six episodes in the 1998?

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In a new interview with US Weekly, the actor revealed how awkward it was it was pretending to fall for the woman he had just broken up with in real life. He commented, "I was just happy to be on the team [of Friends].

a man and a woman standing in a room: Jennifer and Tate as Rachel and Joshua in Friends © NBC - Getty Images Jennifer and Tate as Rachel and Joshua in Friends "The only bummer was Jennifer and I were breaking up at the time. And so that was tricky to sort of act, and act like we are just meeting each other, and falling in love, or whatever, interested in each other, when we’re sort of breaking up … That was just tough."

The pair dated in real life for two years, splitting just before his first guest episode of the series - and Tate revealed his appearance was actually cut short because of their personal situation.

Tate Donovan and Jennifer Aniston © Getty Tate Donovan and Jennifer Aniston "It was just six episodes - I mean, only because we were breaking up", he continued. "We were like, ‘Hey, can we not keep doing this? Cause this is really painful and tough’.

"The people that know that we dated think that we met on Friends. But in fact we had dated for two years before then, and it was over by the time we were on Friends together. The good thing that came out of it was that everyone was really cool about it, and really as helpful as they could be … In other words, they were just compassionate, very compassionate about the whole breakup.”

Tate Donovan and Jennifer Aniston © Getty Tate Donovan and Jennifer Aniston Rachel developed a huge crush on Joshua in Friends when she was working at Bloomingdale's as a personal shopper, but their romance was cut short when Ross got engaged to Emily, and Rachel suggested she and Joshua also get married. 

Wonder what happened in real life, eh?

Gallery: Jennifer Aniston's most hilarious quotes from 'Friends' (Provided by: StarsInsider)

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