Jennifer Aniston has been a beloved figure in Hollywood since she captured our hearts in Friends in the '90s, but despite the adoration fans feel for her, the rumors about her personal life have never stopped.
Why doesn't she have a baby? Why did Brad Pitt leave her to start his own family? Why doesn't she settle down? These are all things that have repeatedly been said about the actress, and while she is not the type of person who really cares about tabloid reports, the comments and questions still hurt—because they hit home.
In a new interview with Allure, the actress revealed that despite what people may think about her allegedly childless-by-choice lifestyle, she did actually try to have a baby some years ago, but couldn't.
"I was trying to get pregnant. It was a challenging road for me, the baby-making road," she told the magazine.
"I had no idea," her interviewer replied.
"Yeah, nobody does," Aniston said. "All the years and years and years of speculation... It was really hard. I was going through IVF, drinking Chinese teas, you name it. I was throwing everything at it. I would’ve given anything if someone had said to me, 'Freeze your eggs. Do yourself a favor.' You just don’t think it. So here I am today. The ship has sailed."
Aniston has addressed the comments about her decision to not have kids various times over the years, but never before had she disclosed that she did try to conceive. In 2004, months before her marriage to Brad Pitt came to an end, Aniston old The Guardian she was ready to have a baby with him. "It's time. It's time. You know, I think you can work with a baby, I think you can work pregnant, I think you can do all of it. So I'm just truly looking forward to slowing down," she said at the time. But following their divorce, Pitt went on to welcome and adopt children with new love Angelina Jolie, and Aniston remained single for some time. Then, in 2015, she married actor Justin Theroux, but the two called it quits in 2018, without having welcomes any children.
Letting go of the idea of being a parent was tough, of course, but the speculations about her and the "narrative that I was just selfish," Aniston said, are what continue to hurt. "I just cared about my career. And God forbid a woman is successful and doesn’t have a child. And the reason my husband left me, why we broke up and ended our marriage, was because I wouldn’t give him a kid. It was absolute lies. I don’t have anything to hide at this point," she added.
That time between her late 30s and early 40s was possibly the hardest in her life, Aniston said. "I’d gone through really hard shit, and if it wasn’t for going through that, I would’ve never become who I was meant to be," she continued. "That’s why I have such gratitude for all those shitty things. Otherwise, I would’ve been stuck being this person that was so fearful, so nervous, so unsure of who they were. And now, I don’t fucking care."
Despite the fact that she was not able to start a family, the actress said, "I have zero regrets."
"I actually feel a little relief now because there is no more, ‘Can I? Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.’ I don’t have to think about that anymore," she said of having kids.
"I feel the best in who I am today, better than I ever did in my 20s or 30s even, or my mid-40s. We needed to stop saying bad shit to ourselves," Aniston added. "You’re going to be 65 one day and think, I looked fucking great at 53."
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