When you’re young, it’s easy to dream about the possibility of becoming a rich and famous actor, actress, athlete or performer of some sort. The idea of being known far and wide is something they wish to have and some spend their whole lives trying to attain it.
While stardom looks glamorous and dreamy, it has a side that’s much darker than many realize. Having the world at your fingertips comes at a price. While you do have the eyes of all on you, you also have their constant critiques, criticisms, and jealous negativity.
One Hollywood actress who has experienced her fair share of the gossip and misconceptions of her personal life is Jennifer Aniston.
She’s experienced many of life’s ups and downs throughout her career and, all the while has carried on despite the constant flurry of speculations and harsh rumors spread about her.
The nonsense that has been spewed about her has been anything from having commitment issues after her recent divorce to Justin Theroux, to being overly selfish and refusing to have a child because her career is “far more important.”
Recently, she sat down with close friend, Molly McNearney, for an interview with InStyle. She knew what she wanted to say and spent no time getting down to business.
According to PEOPLE: “It’s pretty crazy. 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 said.
Then, she dropped six words for the media and those gossipers to shut them up once and for all: “First, with all due respect, I’m not heartbroken.”
She continued: “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.”
After a bit, she went on to finish with her final thoughts on the matter. “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?”
Her final statement in a separate interview with Marie Claire in 2016 was the one packing the biggest punch. "I have worked too hard in this life and this career to be whittled down to a sad, childless human."
No one should ever be made to feel this way and it's so incredibly heartbreaking to know that she is one in thousands who has been made to feel this way.
She is certainly not alone in this battle and, once and for all, has chosen to rise above the hate and speak her truth. Hopefully, others will have the courage to set the record straight and address the media and their hate-filled speculations.