Jennifer Aniston talks dangerous misconceptions: 'Maybe my purpose on the planet isn't to procreate'

By Meaghan Wray

When it comes to misconceptions, Jennifer Aniston has heard them all. Despite a long and fruitful career in TV and movies, the star can’t seem to catch a break from critics when it comes to her personal life. After separating from her husband of two years, Justin Theroux, in February, the actress continues to be painted as heartbroken, selfish and career-obsessed. But in a recent interview for InStyle with Jimmy Kimmel’s wife, Jennifer’s close friend, Molly McNearney, the 49-year-old has a very clear message: perhaps she wasn’t meant to be a mom, and she’s just fine with that!

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“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 shared, adding that this is not the case. “First, with all due respect, I’m not heartbroken.”

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

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“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,” she continued. “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.”

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The actress, who’s latest movie Dumplin’ comes out this year, has also faced the same physical scrutiny as many of her female colleagues in Hollywood – and she had a thing or two to say about the myth of the bikini body. “You know, a swimsuit body is a body in a swimsuit, no matter what that body is. It’s time to just stop thinking beauty is in the shape of a size four and the right butt size and the right waist size and the right measurements,” she shared. “It’s just old. We’ve done it. We’ve been there. Let’s move on!”

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Jennifer has unintentionally, just by virtue of how she lives her life, become a bit of a feminist icon in the business, and is vocal about the hardships she’s faced as a veteran Hollywood star. “I’ve definitely had my fair share of sexism in the media. Women are picked apart and pitted against one another based on looks and clothing and superficial stuff,” she told Molly. “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?” In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the 49-year-old star knows how important it is to stick up for women, saying that change is “long overdue” and men need to be included in the conversation.

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