Like most celebrities, Jennifer Aniston has had her relationships fixated upon by the rest of the world. From Brad Pitt and Angelia Jolie-gate, to her recent divorce from Justin Theroux, the former Friends star has received her fair share of tabloid scandals surrounding her personal life.
But in a recent interview, the 49-year-old spoke candidly about why she does not have ‘a void’ that needs filling by a husband or children, despite what others may think or write about her in the media.
Explaining why we need to change the dated and ‘narrow-minded’ attitude towards women in the press, the actress told Elle US: ‘We live in a society that messages women: By this age, you should be married; by this age, you should have children…That’s a fairy tale.
‘That’s the mould we’re slowly trying to break out of. What quantifies happiness in someone’s life isn’t the ideal that was created in the ’50s. It’s not like you hear that narrative about any men.’
Aniston clarified that while she isn’t opposed to marrying again or having children, it is not something she would be doing to fulfil her life. Instead, she feels that this expectation from the public for her takes away from all of things she has accomplished in her life and career throughout the years.
‘I don’t feel a void. I really don’t. My marriages, they’ve been very successful, in [my] personal opinion. And when they came to an end, it was a choice that was made because we chose to be happy, and sometimes happiness didn’t exist within that arrangement anymore,’ she said.
‘Sure, there were bumps, and not every moment felt fantastic, obviously, but at the end of it, this is our one life and I would not stay in a situation out of fear. Fear of being alone. Fear of not being able to survive. To stay in a marriage based on fear feels like you’re doing your one life a disservice.’
She continued: ‘When the work has been put in and it doesn’t seem that there’s an option of it working, that’s okay. That’s not a failure. We have these clichés around all of this that need to be reworked and retooled, you know? Because it’s very narrow-minded thinking.’
Amen to that, Jen.