Jennifer Aniston Explains THAT Topless Hug Photo

by Antoinette Bueno 9:50 AM PST, January 19, 2015
Playing Jennifer Aniston Explains THAT Topless Hug Photo

If you're Jennifer Aniston, posing topless with your hairdresser is no big deal.

Jennifer raised plenty of eyebrows with the latest issue of Allure magazine, in which she poses topless in a skin-to-skin embrace with her longtime hairstylist Chris McMillan. But according to the 45-year-old Cake actress, her close friendship with McMillan -- who's responsible for her famous "Rachel" cut -- and the fact that he's gay, made for zero awkwardness.

Photo: Allure

"Oh you know what, I think [my fiancé] Justin got a lot of that too. Everyone was like, 'Hey dude, what's up? Why is she hugging a dude naked?,'" she told Ellen DeGeneres about the reaction to the black-and-white photo during her appearance on the comedian's show, airing Monday. "Uh, he's like a brother to me so the original photograph was supposed to be ... "

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Not surprisingly, that statement amused the audience even more.

"That makes it weirder I think," Ellen laughed. "You just made it worse."

"Anyway, Chris is like a dear ... something to me," Jennifer joked, after clearly getting flustered. "I don't know how to explain it, a gay man I can do that with. It's weird."

"It's different," she added. "I wouldn't do that with a girlfriend. I would feel weird doing a photograph like that with a girlfriend."

Though you just have to watch the video above to see Ellen's reaction to that statement.

... Let's just say it involves lots of bad -- but hilarious -- Photoshop!

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