Nancy Dow surprised but delighted

Jennifer Aniston’s mum Nancy Dow only learnt about her daughter’s engagement after the official announcement.

The Friends star’s long-term boyfriend Justin Theroux proposed on Friday, and Jen’s rep confirmed the happy news on Sunday.

But former actress Nancy, 76, who’s had a difficult relationship with Jen since she released a book about her in 1999, was more surprised than anyone.

Nancy is absolutely delighted Jennifer is going to marry Justin,’ says a family source.

The first she learned of the engagement though was after an official announcement had been made to the press.

She had an inkling that Jennifer was happy and that she was ready to settle down – but because she’s pretty much estranged from her daughter, she only learns bits and pieces through Jennifer’s half-brother John Melick.’

It looked like Jen, 43, had healed the rift when she visited Nancy in hospital last year following a brain seizure and even took boyfriend Justin, 41, with her.

They haven’t always seen eye-to-eye, but Nancy only wants the best for her daughter,’ the source tells Radar Online.

When Nancy had a stroke she had the pleasure of meeting Justin when he visited her in hospital with Jennifer. He brought her flowers, was very caring and Nancy thought he was a true gentleman.

Nancy believes Justin is good for Jennifer, lets her be herself and their relationship is the real deal.’

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