Actress Jennifer Aniston is one of the most successful and popular actresses in the industry who with her hard work and dedication managed to make her way into the hearts of millions of people. The actress is all about making her own choices and ways through it all and one of them includes not having a family (children). She has been asked at various times about choosing her career over family and here are a few things that Jennifer Aniston had to say throughout the years.
Jennifer Aniston has previously mentioned in her various interviews that she is not the one who would just settle down with someone because it’s needed from women to do so. The actress shared with People in June 2021 that she is not looking for anyone right now and is absolutely not interested in using dating apps. She added, “I’m going to just stick to the normal ways of dating. Having someone ask you out. That’s the way I would prefer it.” Jennifer Aniston also mentioned about getting married for the third time is not something that she is looking forward to. She said, “Oh God, I don’t know. I’m interested in finding a fantastic partner and just living an enjoyable life and having fun with one another. That’s all we should hope for. It doesn’t have to be etched in stone in legal documents.”
The FRIENDS actress had mentioned that she does not like the pressure people put on women and stated in an interview in Allure in 2014, “I don’t like the pressure that people put on me, on women — that you’ve failed yourself as a female because you haven’t procreated. I don’t think it’s fair. You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t mothering — dogs, friends, friends’ children.”
In 2014, with People, Jennifer Aniston mentioned, “This continually is said about me: that I was so career-driven and focused on myself; that I don’t want to be a mother, and how selfish that is.” She explained that people should understand that there could be various reasons why someone is not having children and maybe it’s something that they would not like to discuss with other people. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter last year, the actress mentioned that she use to take the comments and opinions from her family and friends very personally but now has developed a thick skin and has moved on. She said, “It’s like, ‘You have no clue what’s going with me personally, medically, why I can’t … can I have kids?’ They don’t know anything, and it was really hurtful and just nasty. Although I haven’t seen a tabloid in so long. Am I still having twins? Am I going to be the miracle mother at 52? It’s the same with Dolly Parton; Dolly Parton never had kids. But are people giving her s–t for it? No, no one’s tried to put her in a white picket fence.”
One of the most significant steps that Jennifer took was to write to the Huffington Post in 2016 that depicted the sexist double standards in society especially for women when it comes to settling down with family and having children. She wrote, “We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child … that decision is ours and ours alone. We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own ‘happily ever after’ for ourselves.” She also said, "Men can be married as many times as they want to, they can marry [younger] women in their 20s or 30s. Women aren't allowed to do that."
In 2018, Jen appeared for the cover story for Elle, and talking about her marriages she said, “It’s such a shallow lens that people look through. 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. The idea of happy ending is a very romantic idea. It’s a very storybook idea. I understand it, and I think for some people it does work. And it’s powerful and it’s incredible and it’s admirable. Even enviable. But everybody’s path is different.”
Now, on her 53rd birthday, we just want to appreciate the strong, powerful and exceptional actress that she is. Actress Courtney Cox took to her social media to wish her longtime pal, "Happy Birthday Jennifer Aniston. I found this picture in our apartment. It was the first year we became friends. I loved you then and now forever.” Reese Witherspoon who works with Jennifer Aniston on The Morning Show also wished her and wrote, "When I think of Jen and all the wonderful adventures we have had together, I just smile. Knowing that @JenniferAniston is in the world makes me happy! Her love of life, her humour, and her endless positivity is such a gift. Let's all wish Jen Happy Birthday!"
Happy Birthday, Jennifer Aniston!