'I don’t feel a void.'
For years, Jennifer Aniston has been hounded about her personal life. She has been endlessly questioned about her marriage breakdowns and her decision not to start a family, and while she owes no explanation for her choices she has decided to open up in her latest interview.
During an chat with Elle, the Friends actress talked candidly about her relationships and how she feels about having children.
‘I don’t feel a void,’ she said. ‘I really don’t. My marriages [to Brad Pitt and Justin Theroux], 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 continued: ‘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.’
Touching on the endless headlines around whether or not she wants to have children, she said she finds the thought of starting a family ‘quite honestly, kind of frightening,’ and states: ‘Some people are just built to be wives and have babies. I don’t know how naturally that comes to me.’
Despite the fact that she is a successful actress, Jen admitted that people ‘diminish everything she’s succeeded at’ when they bypass her achievements in order to focus on her personal life.
‘It’s such a shallow lens that people look through,’ she says. ‘It’s the only place to point a finger at me as though it’s my damage—like it’s some sort of a scarlet letter on me that I haven’t yet procreated, or maybe won’t ever procreate.’
She finished by revealing that she’s not looking for a ‘happy ending’ and has no desire to live by an ‘ideal that was created in the fifties’.