Jennifer Aniston has once again hit back at rumours about her ‘struggle’ to have a baby.
Throughout her 25-year career, Jen has constantly been the subject of headlines claiming she’s ‘desperate’ to start a family. Now 48, the widespread criticism of Jen’s decision not to have children has showed no signs of slowing down.
Just last week, a magazine ran a front-page spread featuring the actress in a tight dress, with an arrow pointed to her stomach and the headline: ‘Jen miracle baby at 48! Her 2-year IVF struggle’.
Addressing the relentless scrutiny in a new interview with Glamour magazine, she said: ‘If your body is in a normal moment of having had a bite or two, or you’re having a moment of bloat, then there’s arrows circled around your stomach, telling you that you’re pregnant.’
Jennifer pictured with husband Justin Theroux
‘Having a child, as we know, is no one’s business except the couple or individual that’s going through it. My ideas of what a happy life and fulfilled life are might be different from other people’s. I think it’s to each their own.’
‘It points to the perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy if they’re not married with children,’ she added.
Defending women’s right to choose whether or not to have children is just a small part of Jennifer’s ongoing dedication to break down pressures against women – both in showbusiness and the outside world.
In a now-viral post she penned for the Huffington Post last year, she wrote: ‘The way I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty. The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing.’
‘The message that girls are not pretty unless they’re incredibly thin, that they’re not worthy of our attention unless they look like a supermodel or an actress on the cover of a magazine is something we’re all willingly buying into,’ she continues. ‘This conditioning is something girls then carry into womanhood. We use celebrity ‘news’ to perpetuate this dehumanizing view of females, focused solely on one’s physical appearance, which tabloids turn into a sporting event of speculation.’
‘We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own ‘happily ever after’ for ourselves.’