Jennifer Aniston says she's 'fed up' of pregnancy rumours and the media in scathing essay
Published 13/07/2016 | 08:26
Jennifer Aniston has written a powerful piece denigrating her treatment in the media, saying she's "fed up".
The former Friends star (47) wed Justin Theroux in 2015 and she was recently the subject of pregnancy rumours after pictures of her in a bikini on holiday in Mexico were published.
But after weeks of speculation, which is the latest in a long line of Jennifer Aniston tabloid coverage, the Golden Globe nominated star has written a piece for the Huffington Post entitled For The Record in which she breaks her silence about the daily "harassment" she endures.
"For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up," she wrote. "I’m fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily under the guise of 'journalism', the 'First Amendment' and 'celebrity news'.
"Every day my husband and I are harassed by dozens of aggressive photographers staked outside our home who will go to shocking lengths to obtain any kind of photo, even if it means endangering us or the unlucky pedestrians who happen to be nearby. But setting aside the public safety aspect, I want to focus on the bigger picture of what this insane tabloid ritual represents to all of us."
Most A-listers are never shy about their distaste for the paprazzi and tabloid media culture, but since splitting with ex-husband Brad Pitt in 2005, Aniston's treatment has stood out a mile.
It is routinely pointed out that she doesn't have any children and one day she is a). dying to have a baby or b). never wants to have children.
"Here’s where I come out on this topic: we are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child," she added.
"We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies. That decision is ours and ours alone. Let’s make that decision for ourselves and for the young women in this world who look to us as examples.
"Let’s make that decision consciously, outside of the tabloid noise. We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own 'happily ever after' for ourselves."
"I have grown tired of being part of this narrative. Yes, I may become a mother some day, and since I’m laying it all out there, if I ever do, I will be the first to let you know. But I’m not in pursuit of motherhood because I feel incomplete in some way, as our celebrity news culture would lead us all to believe."