Jennifer Aniston, a prominent figure in the entertainment industry, has been in the public eye for the majority of her life. Born to Days of Our Lives actor John Aniston, she grew up amidst the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. As the star of the iconic 90s and early 2000s TV show Friends, she has been subjected to continuous public scrutiny and criticism regarding her life choices.
One particularly contentious aspect of Aniston’s life has been her decision not to have children. During her high-profile divorce from first husband Brad Pitt in 2005, the media circulated a narrative suggesting that the marriage ended because Aniston prioritized her career over starting a family. In a subsequent Vanity Fair interview, Aniston pushed back against this narrative, highlighting the gender bias in such assumptions and emphasizing that a man wouldn’t face similar accusations.
Following her divorce from Pitt, who swiftly started a family with Angelina Jolie, Aniston found herself continually defending her choice not to have children. Even during her three-year marriage to Justin Theroux, pregnancy rumors persisted, prompting Aniston to address these rumors directly in a 2016 op-ed for the Huffington Post titled “For The Record.” In it, she critiqued paparazzi intrusion and criticized tabloids for spreading unfounded stories, asserting that a woman’s value should not be defined by her maternity.
Recently, Aniston candidly discussed her fertility struggles and her experience with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in a 2022 interview with Allure. She revealed that she had attempted to conceive for years while enduring persistent pregnancy rumors. Although this period was challenging, Aniston expressed no regrets.
Despite her personal challenges with conception, Aniston has portrayed a mother in various roles, including experiencing Rachel’s entire pregnancy journey on Friends. She has stated that, despite her difficulties, she is content with the way her life has unfolded and does not believe that having children is a prerequisite for completeness.