Jennifer Aniston Reveals She Felt Shamed After Brad Pitt Divorce
Jennifer Aniston has fought back against the shame she was made to feel during her high-profile divorce from Brad Pitt and her subsequent years of being single in her 30’s.
The Friends and Horrible Bosses actress opened up in a recent interview with Marie Claire.
‘My marital status has been shamed; my divorce status was shamed; my lack of a mate had been shamed; my nipples have been shamed.
‘It’s like, “Why are we only looking at women through this particular lens of picking us apart? Why are we listening to it?”
‘I just thought: “I have worked too hard in this life and this career to be whittled down to a sad, childless human.”’
Throughout her thirties, while Brad and Angelina Jolie went on to become a family of six, Jennifer was consistently faced with questions about when she would marry again and start a family.
And even though Jennifer finally settled down with long-term love Justin Theroux in 2015, her bid for Academy Award glory was overshadowed by her latest reported ‘baby joy’.
Tabloid magazines splashed Jennifer’s ‘miracle baby at 47’ on the front of their print titles in June, using pictures of the couple on holiday that claimed to show a first glimpse at Jennifer’s bump.
She quickly set the record straight in an opinion piece for The Huffington Post, entitled For The Record.
An impassioned Jennifer wrote: ‘For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up. I’m fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily.’
The star insists that you don’t need to have children in order to be maternal in a relationship.
Jennifer told Allure: ‘The accusation that I’ve put my career before the want, the desire to be a mother. This continually is said about me: that I was so career-driven and focused on myself; that I don’t want to be a mother, and how selfish that is.
There’s all sorts of reasons why children aren’t in people’s lives, and no one has the right to assume. It’s quite rude, insulting, and ignorant.’
‘You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn’t mean that you aren’t mothering – dogs, friends, friends’ children.’