The actress has opened up about IVF and her struggles with trying to have children. “I was trying to get pregnant. It was a challenging road for me, the road of trying to have children,” she confessed in an interview with Allure magazine. “I have no regrets,” she says. And, indeed, she explains that now she’s doing better: “I’m actually feeling a little relieved now that there’s no more ‘Can I? Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.’ I don’t have to think about it anymore”
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Jennifer Aniston is the cover story of the month of December of the American magazine Allure, a magazine to which the diva has granted a long interview in which she tells herself completely, without leaving anything out. The title of the interview is eloquent: “Jennifer Aniston Has Nothing to Hide”, as the journalist Danielle Pergament wanted to call her piece.
Jennifer Ariston has nothing to hide, and this is true, all the more true now that the diva has opened up about one of the worst taboos for today’s women.
The actress talked about in vitro fertilization, which she has tried countless times, with just as many failures, unfortunately. She spoke in detail about her strenuous struggle to try at all costs to have children, which in the end never came.
“I was trying to get pregnant. It was a challenging road for me, the road of trying to have children,” she confesses now.
And in Jennifer Aniston’s case, the challenge isn’t just about having a baby, as can happen to “normal” (in the sense of non-famous) people. The intense media scrutiny was also very stressful for her, with magazine and newspaper headlines often dropping bombshells such as “Does Jen have a baby bump?”, when she may have just gone through yet another unsuccessful IVF cycles.
And if even non-famous people still often have to face a considerable annoyance – that of acquaintances and family members who continue to point the finger at the fact that in their opinion a 30-40 year old woman should have children – the actress who became famous thanks to her role as Rachel in Friends worse has happened. In fact, the media have often made various inferences, deducing that not being her mother was linked to her not wanting to become hers, probably for career and success reasons.
Infertility affects a large part of humanity today, as IVF success rates are 25.1 percent for maternal ages 38-40 and 12.7 percent for ages 41-42, according to data from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. But most people aren’t faced with the kind of painful speculation that Jennifer Aniston had to deal with.
The words of Jennifer Aniston
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“In my 30s and 40s I had a really hard shit[period]and if it weren’t for that, I never would have become who I was supposed to be,” Aniston told reporter Danielle Pergament of allure. And she then immediately explained: “I was trying to get pregnant.”
Those were precisely the years in which the actress was the subject of a real baby bump hunt, a “bump watching” which on the tabloids had her as her favorite prey.
“I was doing in vitro fertilization, drinking Chinese teas,” she said, referring to the fact that she tried everything to become a mother, including techniques from Eastern philosophy. In addition to Chinese teas, for example, it is a common opinion in Asia that acupuncture can help fertility.
“I would have given anything if someone had said to me, ‘Freeze your eggs. Do yourself a favor.’ You simply don’t think so. So here I am today. The ship has sailed “, these are the words of Jennifer Aniston, words that cannot leave us indifferent. All the pain, regret, frustration and sadness of not having fulfilled one’s desire emerges very strong, moreover with the regret of not having done what other women instead have chosen as a way to preserve their fertility: the cryopreservation of ova.Yet, although your words suggest a certain regret, you say that today it is not pink from remorse of any kind “I have no regrets,” says Aniston plainly.
Aniston: ‘I have no regrets’
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Today Jennifer Aniston is 53 years old, an age in which it is unlikely to be able to give birth to a child (if one does not use her own frozen eggs or donor eggs), as she herself stated with the expression “the ship is set sail”.
“I have no regrets,” she says. And, indeed, she explains that she’s better now: “I’m actually feeling a little relieved now because there’s no more that ‘May I? Perhaps. Perhaps. Perhaps.’ I don’t have to think about it anymore.”
The pain also linked to the comments of the media
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Although today’s Jennifer Aniston speaks serenely of this project that never went through – and which now can no longer go through because “the ship has sailed”, as she said (probably referring to the fact that she entered menopause ) – there is a Jennifer Aniston of yesterday who instead had to go through very dark times.
The pain of the past is also linked to the many media comments.
To the sadness and annoyance she felt when she read headlines like “Does Jen have a baby bump?” there was also added immense anger when it was compounded by the “narrative that I was just being selfish,” says Aniston. “I only cared about my career. And God forbid a woman to be successful and not have a child,” she says. “And the reason why my husband left me, the reason why we broke up and ended the our marriage, it was because I would not have given him a child. They were absolute lies. I have nothing to hide at this point “, so vents the diva, who can finally remove a weight from her conscience and not a few pebbles from her shoe.
Aniston’s five-year marriage to Brad Pitt ended in 2005; she was then romantically linked to Justin Theroux from 2011 to 2018 (they married in 2015). The media have often traced the end of her romantic relationships to her lack of motherhood, whether she wanted or didn’t want to belong to her (today we know very well that she wasn’t wanted at all, however).
Jennifer Aniston criticizes the media in an editorial for The Huffington Post
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This interview isn’t the first time Jennifer Aniston has criticized the media for stressing her out and showering her with unwelcome attention about her reproductive status.
The actress’s frustration reached a point of such exasperation that in 2016 she decided to write an editorial for The Huffington Post in which he criticized the media for their fixation on his reproductive status and the treatment of women in general.
Below we report a large part of the editorial published byHuffington Post. Words that today become even more important, in the light of the new confessions made by the actress.
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“For the record, I’m not pregnant. I’m just tired. I’m tired of the almost sporty scrutiny, the daily humiliation of the female body under the guise of ‘journalism’, ‘First Amendment’, ‘celebrity news’ […] If, in some way, I have become a symbol for some people out there, then I am also an example of the perspective from which we, as a society, look at mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, friends and colleagues. The reduction to objects, the constant judgment to which we subject women are absurd and disturbing. The way I am portrayed in the media is a reflection of how we view and portray women in general, reflecting a distorted standard of beauty. […] The stalking and objectification that I have experienced firsthand for decades now reflects the corrupt way we ‘calculate’ a woman’s worth. This past month in particular has enlightened me on how we define a woman’s worth based on her marital or family status. The enormous potential which, at this moment, is invested by the press to find out whether I am pregnant or not (for the trillionth time… but who counts them anymore) is symptomatic of the diffusion of an idea that would like us to be incomplete, failed, unhappy if we are not married and with children. […] We are complete with or without a partner, with or without a child. We decide what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies. The decision is ours, ours alone. We make this decision for ourselves and for the young women of the world who see us as an example. We make this decision consciously, isolating the tabloid chatter. We don’t have to be wives and mothers to be complete. We decide our ‘and they lived happily ever after’. I’m tired of being part of this story. Yes, maybe one day I will be a mother and, since I am setting the record straight, if and when it happens I will be the first to let you know. But I’m not seeking motherhood because I feel incomplete, as our scoop culture would have us believe. I can’t stand the fact that they want to make me feel ‘less’ because my body is changing and/or because I had a hamburger for lunch, I was photographed from a strange angle and, therefore, ‘sentenced’ to be one of the two things: ‘pregnant’ or ‘fat’. Not to mention the painful discomfort that accompanies wishes and congratulations from friends, colleagues and strangers on my imaginary pregnancy (it often happens dozens of times in a single day). After years of experience, I’ve learned that the tabloid practice, dangerous as it is, isn’t going to change. At least not in the short term. But we can change our awareness, our reaction to the harmful messages that are contained in these seemingly innocuous stories that are served to us as absolute truths and that form our idea of who we are. We decide how much we take for granted what is fed to us and maybe, one day, the tabloids will be forced to see the world from a different, more human perspective, because the public will have stopped biting all this bullsh** you”. These were the words expressed by Jennifer Aniston in a 2016 editorial for theHuffington Post. “Since I’m not on social media, I’ve decided to write down my thoughts here,” she introduced her editorial, since she had no Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or anything at the time.
Below we show you the post with the photo of the cover of Allure starring Jennifer Aniston, shared by the magazine’s official Instagram profile.