Jennifer Aniston's publicist dismisses pregnancy rumours
What is it with tabloids obsessing over whether or not a woman is pregnant? Jennifer Aniston, currently on holiday in the Bahamas with husband Justin Theroux, is the latest victim of pregnancy watch, a summer sport in which the paparazzi snap famous women in their bikinis, at angles they just didn’t ask to be photographed from.
When Jennifer was spotted yesterday, lounging around and letting her washboard abs breathe for a minute, the internet went into overdrive.
‘She and Justin are ecstatic,’ InTouch Magazine in the US reported, saying they had been told the pregnancy news officially by an anonymous source. ‘Jen has wanted to have a baby with Justin for years. Their baby news came at a bad time in her life, too — she just lost her mother, and she and Justin almost broke up. But now this surprise pregnancy has turned the worst of times into the best of times.’
The article caused dozens of copycat stories online and became a top-trending topic on Facebook overnight. If it was true, fine. But as a representative for the 47 year-old Friends actress (who married Justin at her LA home last year) quickly denied the whole thing, it’s really not ok, is it?
Said publicist did, however, give the best response to the furore. ‘She is not pregnant. Shame on InTouch for making up the whole story, but this is not the first time they have done so. What you see is her having just enjoyed a delicious big lunch and her feeling safe on private property.’ So having lunch. As we do.
Speaking in 2014 about the level of interest in her personal life and the pressures she has felt to have a child, Jennifer said; ‘I don’t have this sort of checklist of things that have to be done, and if they’re not checked, then I’ve failed some part of my feminism or my value as a woman because I haven’t birthed a child.’
‘I’ve birthed a lot of things and feel like I’ve mothered many things, and I don’t think it’s fair to put that pressure on people.’
So please, please, can we all just let Jennifer Aniston get back to enjoying her lunch?