Aniston: Career before motherhood jibes hurt
Jennifer Aniston doesn't like the pressure people put on her - and other women - to procreate.
The Cake actress has been a media favourite since her Friends days and rumours constantly surround the status of her relationships with fiancé Justin Theroux and lack of offspring. And now the 45-year-old has spoken candidly of how hurtful she finds such comments.
"Oh, God, so many painful things. The accusation that I've put my career before the want, the desire to be a mother. 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 revealed to Allure magazine when asked about what reports have upset her the most. "I have a lot of friends who decided not to have children, who can't have children, or are trying but are having a difficult time. There's all sorts of reasons why children aren't in people's lives, and no one has the right to assume. It's quite rude, insulting, and ignorant."
While Jennifer didn't state if any of these situations related to her, she did continue to discuss how much of a hard time women have when they don't have children by a certain age. For her, she thinks it's unacceptable for society to make these ladies feel like they've failed in life if motherhood doesn't happen for them.
"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," she said. "I don't think it's fair. You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn't mean that you aren't mothering - dogs, friends, friends' children."
In August she was forced to issue a denial that she was pregnant after photos of her on the red carpet appeared to show a slight bulge in her dress.
"Even saying it gets me a little tight in my throat," she added.
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