Jennifer Aniston Endured Scrutiny About Not Having Kids
Jennifer Aniston is a massive star, and she’s a woman. So, of course, media and fans feel entitled to discuss her choices, and why she does not have children. The Friends alum’s acting journey and how her love life became the target of tabloids is the subject of a new book by Sarah Ditum: Toxic: Women, Fame, and the Tabloid 2000s. Ditum is an English writer who contributes to the Sunday Times, the Guardian, and the Observer. Ditum’s book tells the story of Aniston and eight other women who “defied the hell of celebrity” and how they were “devoured by fame.” The cover of the book includes Paris Hilton, Janet Jackson, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, and Amy Winehouse. The remaining celebrities discussed in the book are Aaliyah, Kim Kardashian, and Black Chyna.
The author told Fox News, “This kind of portrayal of her [as] a desperately baby-hungry woman. It doesn’t really stand up to scrutiny.” She added that the tabloid version of Aniston was exaggerated and “gussied up” so people could voice their opinions on what women were deciding to do with their lives. Aniston became the celebrity that people associated with on that subject. The Morning Show star was married to Brad Pitt from 2000 to 2005 before he famously moved on with Angelina Jolie. Unlike Pitt, Ditum argued that the press had scrutinized Aniston. She pointed out that Aniston has been unfairly questioned about motherhood and was even the subject of “bump watch.” That scrutiny began after Aniston and Pitt called it quits, the author said. A spokesperson for Aniston told the publication, “We have not read Ms. Ditum’s book and have no comment to offer.”
Aniston went on to marry actor/writer Justin Theroux in 2015. In 2017, the couple announced they had separated, calling their decision a “mutual and lovingly made” one. As we previously reported, Aniston admitted that she was going through “really hard s—” when she was trying to get pregnant in her late 30s and 40s. “It was a challenging road for me, the baby-making road,” Aniston shared in the 2022 interview with Allure. “All the years and years and years of speculation… It was really hard. I was going through IVF, drinking Chinese teas, you name it.” Focused on her career, Aniston added, “God forbid a woman is successful and doesn’t have a child.”