The two share the same manager, Aleen Keshishian, who celebrated her 53rd birthday on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Aniston, 51, posted a photo of the three hanging out together on her feed, writing, "Happy birthday @aleenkeshishian [two red heart emojis] We love you." Gomez, 28, reposted her tribute, and Keshishian reposted the latter star's regram, writing, "Wish we could celebrate in person @jenniferaniston @selenagomez [red heart emoji] u both so much!"
Several years ago, Aniston and Gomez met through Keshishian and then struck up a friendship. In December 2014, Gomez shared on Instagram a photo of herself with Aniston and promoted the latter star's film Cake. A month later, the two actresses were spotted hanging out together at a 2015 Golden Globes after-party.
Later that year, Gomez talked in an interview with KTU 103.5 FM about how she and Aniston became friends through their manager. "It was kind of like a friendly meeting and instantly she's, like, inviting me to her house," she said. "She has a pizza oven. Like, we've made pizzas at her house."
"She's very cool and very sweet," Gomez added. "She kind of gives me a lot of, like, maternal advice."
In January 2020, Aniston guest-hosted The Ellen DeGeneres Show and interviewed Gomez. They recalled meeting for the first time in a restroom at a celebrity event, which the singer attended with her mother.
"I walked into the bathroom and I saw you," Gomez said. "And you were just so nice. You just walked out of the bathroom, you were going back. My heart stopped, and I freaked out, and I ran to my mom and I was like, 'Oh, my God. I just saw Jennifer Aniston!'"
Gomez said Aniston was "busy" at the time. Aniston commented, "Washing my hands, I hope."
"Yeah, you were fine," Gomez said. "You were everything that I wanted."