Sometimes, marriage just isn’t on the table. And that’s okay. No other person more famously encapsulates this concept than American sweetheart Jennifer Aniston. The actress shot to fame in the 90s for her role as Rachel on the hit TV sitcom Friends.
But Aniston’s career extended beyond her stint on TV as she starred in numerous blockbusters throughout her career. But while her professional life has been a huge success, her romantic life hasn’t necessarily yielded the same favorable outcomes.
Aniston was in a high-profile marriage to Brad Pitt in the 2000s before the couple called it quits after Pitt allegedly cheated on Jen with his Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-star Angelina Jolie. Aniston then married long-time beaux Justin Theroux, only for the couple to separate a few years after.
And while many people might consider Aniston’s personal life a failure, she doesn’t necessarily think that her failed marriages should define her. As it stands, many people criticize Jen for not being married and not having children. But the Hollywood icon isn’t buying any of it. She actively serves as a beacon for all women who are looking to feel whole and fulfilled despite not being married or having children.
A Sense of Completion
In 2016, Aniston published an open letter via The Huffington Post wherein she opened up about the many times she has been on the receiving end of harsh criticisms regarding her personal life. In the open letter, Aniston addressed the big pregnancy rumor that made rounds on various news cycles around the world a few years back.
And despite everything that everyone has been saying about her, Aniston kept things cordial and respectful in her letter. The actress even went as far as to show her concern for the welfare of her detractors.
The Friends alum also made sure to stand her ground about the difficult things that people have been saying to her:
“We are complete with or without a partner, with or without children. We have to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies. This decision is ours alone. Let’s make it for ourselves and for the young women who look up to us as an example to follow. We don’t have to be married or be mothers to be complete. We decide what our happy ending is.”
Pursuing Success in Other Aspects
These days, Aniston is still doing many different Hollywood projects to keep herself busy. She has also admitted to not reading tabloid articles or magazines anymore.
Aniston opened up about not paying any attention to what the media was saying about her in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. She said:
“I used to take everything personally, all the pregnancy rumors and the belief of ’oh, she chose her career over having kids.’ No one has any idea why I don’t have kids, what’s going on with me on a personal level, on a medical level.”
What do you think of Aniston’s message? Do you think that her life choices should inspire other women around the world? Comment your thoughts below.