‘All the years and years and years of speculation… It was really hard’
“All the years and years and years of speculation… It was really hard,” she said in a candid new interview. “I was trying to get pregnant. It was a challenging road for me, the baby-making road … I was going through IVF, drinking Chinese teas, you name it. I was throwing everything at it. I would have given anything if someone had said to me, ‘Freeze your eggs. Do yourself a favour.’ You just don’t think it.”
Aniston also addressed speculation that she chose her acting over having kids with her first husband Brad Pitt, to whom she was married to for five years.
“It was absolute lies,” said Aniston of the rumours that she just cared about her career. “God forbid a woman is successful and doesn’t have a child. And the reason my husband left me, why we broke up and ended our marriage, was because I wouldn’t give him a kid.”
In the years following her split from Pitt, Aniston dated Vince Vaughn and John Mayer, before wedding Justin Theroux in 2015. Following their split in 2018, Aniston said it is unlikely she will marry again.
“Never say never, but I don’t have any interest,” she said. “I’d love a relationship. Who knows? There are moments I want to just crawl up in a ball and say, ‘I need support.’ It would be wonderful to come home and fall into somebody’s arms and say, ‘That was a tough day.’”
The Morning Show star went on to add that she went “through really hard s—” in her 30s and 40s, but credited that period of her life for helping her become who she was meant to be. “That’s why I have such gratitude for all those s—-y things. Otherwise, I would’ve been stuck being this person that was so fearful, so nervous, so unsure of who they were. And now, I don’t f—ing care,” she said.
The Emmy-winning actress is comfortable with how her life has unfolded and isn’t stuck living in the past.
“Here I am today. The ship has sailed,” she said. “I actually feel a little relief now because there is no more, ‘Can I?’ I don’t have to think about that anymore.”
This isn’t the first time Aniston has discussed how hurtful it was to read gossip about her personal life and the fact that she didn’t have children.
“I used to take it all very personally — the pregnancy rumours and the whole ‘Oh, she chose career over kids’ assumption,” she said. “It’s like, ‘You have no clue what’s going with me personally, medically, why I can’t … can I have kids?’ They don’t know anything, and it was really hurtful and just nasty.”