On Friends, Rachel and Ross were one of the most memorable TV couples out there. Following a decade-long "will they or won't they?" dance, the characters finally accepted their love for each other and lived happily ever after in the tearjerking series finale. To this day, they remain as one of the small screen's most beloved and endearing pairings, which is quite an achievement.
But there are some viewers out there who aren't too happy with the way their relationship turned out. One in particular, Claire Willets, started a debate that put Rachel and Ross's love into question with one theory: Rachel would have been better off with Joey, whom she briefly dated in Season 10.
To give you some background on the situation, Willets took to Twitter in early August to explain why the characters were meant for each other. The arguments ranged from Rachel and Joey being actual friends...
...to the fact that Joey supported Rachel throughout her financial woes:
The explanation gained traction online, and thousands of Twitter users expressed their support for the theory. The overwhelming amount of support was such that it made even the most hardcore Ross/Rachel believers ask themselves: Were Joey and Rachel really Friends' best couple?
Well, doubt no more, because we have an answer –– and like I said, it comes courtesy of Jennifer Anniston.
Jennifer Aniston Says Rachel Belonged With Ross
Aniston recently sat down for an interview Elle.com, and the topic of the Joey theory came up. The interviewer asked whether Aniston shared her fandom's mindset when it came to Joey and Rachel. Fortunately for all of you Rachel/Ross shippers out there, she doesn't. In fact, she has a pretty good hunch that Rachel and Ross's relationship is continuing as strong as ever:
"No! No, no. They tried! I think there was a moment when Joey and Rachel got together that maybe it could happened, but it didn't. It was Ross and Rachel all the way. I really believe that if there's an afterworld of 'Friends,' they're still thriving. Don't you? I just don't think Joey and Rachel could have made it. I think it was more physical than emotional with them. They were friends with benefits, and they left it at that."
This isn't the first time that the actress has championed the pairing. Back in 2012 during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Aniston likewise said that, in her mind, Ross and Rachel are still going strong and are keeping themselves busy by extending their family:
"They're absolutely, 100 percent together. They have more kids!"
Sorry, Rachel/Joey shippers. Rachel herself has spoken; Jennifer Aniston feels that Joey wasn't right for Rachel.
Does Jennifer Aniston Have A Point?
Joey and Rachel had undoubtedly great chemistry, but they felt more like brother and sister, and their dating constantly had a pretty awkward vibe as a result. Ross, however, always felt like Rachel's true companion.
From the very beginning, it was easy to see that they were the show's "endgame"; their romantic chemistry and feelings toward each other were undeniable and ever-present, even when they were at odds with each other (or even when Ross was off creating Rachel hate clubs with Brad Pitt). Then came the series finale, "The Last One," and any doubt of their shared fate was erased.
In the episode, Rachel decided to turn down her new life in Paris because, as she told Ross, the thought of not seeing him every day made her reconsider her future. As if that wasn't enough, she told him that she didn't say goodbye to him because he was the most important person in her life.
I don't know about you, but that pretty much tells us no other man –– nope, not even the ever-charming Joey Tribbiani –– was right for her.
What did you think about Jennifer Aniston's comments on the Rachel/Joey shipping? Let me know in the comments!