Our favourite Friends star was branded 'destructive to society' after comments about single motherhood, but has hit back at critics
Friends star Jennifer Aniston has become involved in a row over motherhood, after claiming women no longer need men to have children.
Jen originally made the claims while speaking at a press conference for her new flick The Switch, telling reporters: ‘Women are realising it more and more knowing that they don’t have to settle with a man just to have that child.’
‘Times have changed and that is also what is amazing is that we do have so many options these days, as opposed to our parents’ days when you can’t have children because you have waited too long.’
But in the following days, Jen faced a massive backlash over her comments, with respected Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly, slamming the star for her remarks.
‘She’s throwing a message out to 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds that hey, you don’t need a guy, you don’t need a dad,’ he said of Jen’s comments.
‘That’s destructive to our society.’
O’Reilly also insisted the stars comments were unfair to good fathers.
‘Aniston can hire a battery of people to help her, but she cannot hire a dad, OK? And Dads bring a psychology to children that is, in this society, I believe, under-emphasized. I think men get hosed all day long in the parental arena,’ he added.
Now Jen’s hit back at the scathing remarks, commenting parenting is ‘one of the hardest jobs on earth,’ and insisting the ideal family scenario would be two parents.
‘Of course, the ideal scenario for parenting is obviously two parents of a mature age. Parenting is one of the hardest jobs on earth,’ the star told US mag People.
‘And, of course, many women dream of finding Prince Charming (with fatherly instincts), but for those who’ve not yet found their Bill O’Reilly, I’m just glad science has provided a few other options.’
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