Jennifer Aniston has revealed that she’s not pregnant in an impassioned blog post on the subject of women and their worth.
Rumours began flying after the 47-year-old, who is married to actor and director Justin Theroux, was pictured at an angle that suggested she may have a small bump, but Jen has come out and categorically denied the story, saying ‘I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up’.
In a blog post for the Huffington Post entitled ‘For the Record’, Jennifer explains that whilst addressing gossip is something she’s ‘never done’, she is tired of the media speculation about her private life, adding that ‘The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing.’
‘The way I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty,’ she writes.
‘Little girls everywhere are absorbing our agreement, passive or otherwise. And it begins early. The message that girls are not pretty unless they’re incredibly thin, that they’re not worthy of our attention unless they look like a supermodel or an actress on the cover of a magazine is something we’re all willingly buying into. This conditioning is something girls then carry into womanhood.’
Jennifer pictured with her husband Justin. The pair are notoriously private about their personal life
‘This past month in particular has illuminated for me how much we define a woman’s value based on her marital and maternal status,’ she says of the circulating story about her ‘pregnancy’.
‘The sheer amount of resources being spent right now by press trying to simply uncover whether or not I am pregnant (for the bajillionth time… but who’s counting) points to the perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy if they’re not married with children.’
Whilst she adds that ‘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,’ Jennifer stresses that ‘We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child.’
‘We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own “happily ever after” for ourselves.’
In previous interviews, Jennifer has never ruled out the possibility of having a child, but says the constant questioning about her private life has become ‘exhausting’.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter in 2015, she said, ‘Listen, that’s a topic that’s so exhausted.’
‘I get nervous around that, just because it’s very personal. Who knows if it’s going to happen?’
‘It’s been a want. We’re doing our best.’