Jennifer Aniston Talks About Her ‘Successful’ Marriages and If She’ll Ever Have Kids

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Jennifer Aniston is no stranger to media speculation when it comes to her personal life. The actress has been linked to romances with other high-profile celebrities like Vince Vaughn and John Mayer. News of the actress’ marriages and divorces to actors Brad Pitt and Justin Theroux received widespread attention, and she has been the subject of pregnancy rumors for years. Even her close friendships are headline news. Now that Aniston is single, headlines muse whether she and ex-husband Brad Pitt will ever get back together.

Aniston has grown tired of the constant speculation and judgment, prompting her to speak out and take control of her own narrative.

Don’t call Jennifer Aniston’s marriages ‘failures’

Just because Aniston’s marriages ended in divorce doesn’t mean they weren’t successful. She recently conducted an interview with Elle for the January 2019 issue, where she opened up about what made her marriages a success. “My marriages, 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 explained.

Aniston added that her marriages ended when they were no longer working out, not for lack of trying. “When the work has been put in and it doesn’t seem that there’s an option of it working, that’s okay,” she said. “That’s not a failure. We have these cliches around all of this that need to be reworked and retooled, you know? Because it’s very narrow-minded thinking.”

Jennifer Aniston wants you to know she is not ‘a sad, childless human’

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Jennifer Aniston at a St. Judes Children’s Hospital event | Jean Baptiste Lacroix/ AFP/ Getty Images

Aniston told Marie Claire in November 2016 that the repeated shaming she has endured is what inspired her to start speaking out about her personal life. Aniston said, “It’s like, ‘Why are we only looking at women through this particular lens of picking us apart? Why are we listening to it?’ I just thought, ‘I have worked too hard in this life and this career to be whittled down to a sad, childless human.'”

In her Elle interview, Aniston points out that focusing on what she lacks in her personal life detracts from the success she has enjoyed in her career. “You’re diminishing everything I have succeeded at, and that I have built and created,” 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.”

In a powerful op-ed that Aniston penned for the Huffington Post, she takes aim at the message that women are not valuable unless they are married with children, which is created through media speculation about the personal life of celebrities like her. “We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own ‘happily ever after’ for ourselves,” she wrote.

Jennifer Aniston will ‘be the first to let you know’ if she ever has children

Although Aniston admits in her Elle interview that the prospect of having children has always frightened her, she hasn’t entirely ruled it out. “Who knows what the future holds in terms of a child and a partnership — how that child comes in…or doesn’t? And now with science and miracles, we can do things at different times than we used to be able to.”

If she ever does decide to have children, though, Aniston assured us that we’d hear it from her first. “Yes, I may become a mother someday, and since I’m laying it all out there, if I ever do, I will be the first to let you know. But I’m not in pursuit of motherhood because I feel incomplete in some way, as our celebrity news culture would lead us all to believe,” she wrote in her op-ed.