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Justin Theroux's First Post-split Instagram Isn't About Jennifer Aniston

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Justin Theroux is playing it cool on social media

It's been a whirlwind since Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announced their split in mid-February. What to fans felt like a completely surprising and unreal bit of news about the couple evolved into a heartbreaking picture, with it becoming crystal clear there was tension and discord for a long time in Aniston and Theroux's marriage. Now, as both parties attempt to pick up and move on, it's understandable this will mean resuming old habits and getting back to business as usual.

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For Theroux, "business as usual" includes posting on Instagram, a thing he did with semi-regularity while he was with Aniston, although Aniston was a very, very infrequent guest on his Instagram page while they were together. It seems Theroux is intent on maintaining a bit of normalcy, and that means returning to Instagram in order to post about a charitable cause he loves and spreading awareness about an important issue — a pretty classy move if you ask me — rather than post cryptic breakup photos and memes.

On Sunday, Feb. 25, Theroux broke his Instagram dry spell with an Instagram slideshow featuring himself and two adorable puppies, all nuzzling each other at Austin Pets Alive, a Texas-based center working to care for and help get cats and dogs adopted.

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"Another very inspiring visit with the incredible people and pups @austinpetsalive. I cannot understand how they do what they do, day after day, so consistently and lovingly to save so many dogs and cats. I HIGHLY recommend going in and getting your nose bit by a toothless baby pitbull. These two aren’t yet ready to go, but when they are, go get 'em...," Theroux captioned the photo. It would seem Theroux has been particularly supportive of Austin Pets Alive for some time, as evidenced by the fact that the organization's post of the same photo of Theroux nuzzling two puppies mentioned his "continued support of their mission," implying he might have first gotten in touch with the organization while his hit HBO show, The Leftovers, was filming in Texas.

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Theroux's been playing it very cool and low-key in the week or so since his split from Aniston was announced, with this Instagram being the most public thing he's actually done. He would have appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Feb. 20, but chose to cancel at the last minute, imaginably because he didn't want to risk questions coming up about his split.

"Justin's going to lay low now and just try to recalibrate,” a source told Entertainment Tonight. “The last thing he needs is to be on a major talk show so soon after the announcement where the focus will inevitably be on the split.”

It looks like Theroux is getting his feet back on the ground. Now that he's back on social media, it will be interesting to see what he chooses to post about and whether any of it will have anything to do with Aniston.

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