The famous American actress Jennifer Aniston spoke about motherhood and the cruel pregnancy gossip that followed her for years. Aniston was presented to the public as a person who did not want to become a mother, but now the actress has just revealed that she has been struggling with infertility and unsuccessful attempts to get pregnant all these years.
"I was trying to get pregnant. It was a challenging road for me, the baby-making road," Aniston told the outlet. "All the years and years and years of speculation… It was really hard," she noted. "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 favor.' You just don't think it."
Career over family ?
The divorce from Brad Pitt in 2005 contributed to the cruel rumors when some assumed that the couple separated because Jennifer chose career over family.
"It was absolute lies," said Aniston of the "narrative that I was just selfish... I just cared about my career. And 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." Aniston did not reveal when exactly she went through the IVF process, but she noted that it was "several years ago".
Today, when she is 53 years old, the actress has come to terms with the fact that she will not have children. "Here I am today. The ship has sailed," she said, adding, "I actually feel a little relief now because there is no more, 'Can I?' I don't have to think about that anymore." "I would say my late 30s, 40s, I'd gone through really hard s—, and if it wasn't for going through that, I would've never become who I was meant to be," said Aniston.
"That's why I have such gratitude for all those s—ty 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."
This is not the first time Aniston has discussed gossip about her private life.
The star of the series "Friends" said in 2016 that people can be "complete even without children".
"Here's where I come out on this topic: We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies. That decision is ours and ours alone," she wrote.
"Let's make that decision for ourselves and for the young women in this world who look to us as examples. Let's make that decision consciously, outside of the tabloid noise. We don't need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own 'happily ever after' for ourselves."