AceShowbiz - Jennifer Aniston has insisted that she's not "heartbroken" following her split from husband Justin Theroux.
The former "Friends" star and "The Leftovers" actor announced they were separating after two-and-a-half years of marriage in February, and Jennifer, who kept a low profile following the split, has now hit back at tabloid speculation suggesting she is grief-stricken in a cover interview for InStyle magazine.
"The misconceptions are 'Jen can't keep a man,' and 'Jen refuses to have a baby because she's selfish and committed to her career.' Or that I'm sad and heartbroken," she told her screenwriter friend Molly McNearney, the wife of talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. "First, with all due respect, I'm not heartbroken. And second, those are reckless assumptions.
Jennifer Aniston has dealt with the tabloids for her entire career, but lately it seems relentless. “The misconceptions are ‘Jen can’t keep a man,’ and ‘Jen refuses to have a baby because she’s selfish and committed to her career.’ Or that I’m sad and heartbroken,” she tells dear friend @MMcNearney in our September cover story. “First, with all due respect, I’m not heartbroken. And second, those are reckless assumptions. No one knows what’s going on behind closed doors. No one considers how sensitive that might be for my partner and me. They don’t know what I’ve been through medically or emotionally. There is a pressure on women to be mothers, and if they’re not, then they’re deemed damaged goods. Maybe my purpose on this planet isn’t to procreate. Maybe I have other things I’m supposed to do.” | Photographed by @BenHassett; Styled by @JuliaVonBoehm
"No one knows what's going on behind closed doors. No one considers how sensitive that might be for my partner and me. They don't know what I've been through medically or emotionally. There is a pressure on women to be mothers, and if they are not, then they're deemed damaged goods. Maybe my purpose on this planet isn't to procreate. Maybe I have other things I'm supposed to do?"
The 49-year-old, who was previously married to Brad Pitt from 2000 to 2005, went on to criticise the "sexist" way famous women always seem to come off worse in the media after a high-profile relationship breaks down.
Talk about her all you like, but with great friends, new projects, and still-perfect hair, September cover star Jennifer Aniston is doing just fine. And at 49, she knows who she is. That means no boundaries, no bullshit, and lots of laughing. “For the most part I can sit back and laugh at the ridiculous headlines because they have gotten more and more absurd,” she tells her close friend @MMcNearney, who interviewed her for her refreshingly candid cover story. “I guess they’re feeding into some sort of need the public has, but I focus on my work, my friends, my animals, and how we can make the world a better place. That other stuff is junk food that needs to go back in its drawer.” Read the full interview at the link in bio. | Photographed by @BenHassett; Styled by @JuliaVonBoehm
"When a couple breaks up in Hollywood, it's the woman who is scorned. The woman is left sad and alone. She's the failure. F that. When was the last time you read about a divorced, childless man referred to as a spinster?" she asked.
Jennifer also stated that most of the time the headlines make her laugh because they have become increasingly "absurd", citing the rumours that she's pregnant "three times a year". However, she chooses to focus her attention on more important topics, likening the gossip to "junk food that needs to go back in its drawer".