Jennifer Aniston ‘Not Heartbroken’ Over Justin Theroux Split & Talks ‘Reckless Assumptions’: ‘Maybe My Purpose On This Planet Isn’t To Procreate’
Jennifer Aniston is getting very candid about her split from Justin Theroux.
In her first real cover shoot since their breakup in February, the actress sat down with InStyle and her friend Molly McNearney to talk life as she knows it for the September issue.
Addressing how she’s consistently on the cover of tabloids for this or that, Jen claims she makes light of it:
“There are definitely moments of not being balanced and poised, but I do that all in my own personal space. For the most part I can sit back and laugh at the ridiculous headlines because they have gotten more and more absurd. I guess they’re feeding into some sort of need the public has, but I focus on my work, my friends, my animals, and how we can make the world a better place. That other stuff is junk food that needs to go back in its drawer.”
And when it comes to the “biggest misconception” about her, the 49-year-old had a lot to say, including explaining she’s not “heartbroken” following her split from The Leftovers star.
“Oh, boy, there are so many. Let’s see. I’ll just Google myself and find out. [starts typing] Oh, look, I’m having a $100,000 revenge makeover! 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. First, with all due respect, I’m not heartbroken. 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. 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?”
The Dumplin’ star even touched on another serious topic, being sexually harassed in the workplace. Revealing how she handled it, Aniston shared:
“I’ve definitely had some sloppy moves made on me by other actors, and I handled it by walking away. I’ve never had anyone in a position of power make me feel uncomfortable and leverage that over me. In my personal experience I’ve been treated worse verbally and energetically by some women in this industry.”
Including in the media, where she also feels women are targeted:
“I’ve definitely had my fair share of sexism in the media. Women are picked apart and pitted against one another based on looks and clothing and superficial stuff. When a couple breaks up in Hollywood, it’s the woman who is scorned. The woman is left sad and alone. She’s the failure. F that. When was the last time you read about a divorced, childless man referred to as a spinster?”
Jennifer is so over the narrative!
The starlet even offered up a pretty awesome leading ladies reboot of a classic TV show, but is it Friends? Well…
“Before that show ended, people were asking if we were coming back. Courteney [Cox] and Lisa [Kudrow] and I talk about it. I fantasize about it. It really was the greatest job I ever had. I don’t know what it would look like today, but you never know. So many shows are being successfully rebooted. I know Matt LeBlanc doesn’t want to be asked that question anymore. But maybe we could talk him into it. Or we just give it some time and then Lisa, Courteney, and I could reboot The Golden Girls and spend our last years together on wicker furniture.”
We’re already here for it!
You can read more of her thoughts on the Time’s Up movement, what’s in store of her career, and more HERE! Plus, be sure to ch-ch-check out her cover and spread (below):
Talk about her all you like, but with great friends, new projects, and still-perfect hair, September cover star Jennifer Aniston is doing just fine. And at 49, she knows who she is. That means no boundaries, no bullshit, and lots of laughing. “For the most part I can sit back and laugh at the ridiculous headlines because they have gotten more and more absurd,” she tells her close friend @MMcNearney, who interviewed her for her refreshingly candid cover story. “I guess theyâ€™re feeding into some sort of need the public has, but I focus on my work, my friends, my animals, and how we can make the world a better place. That other stuff is junk food that needs to go back in its drawer.” Read the full interview at the link in bio. | Photographed by @BenHassett; Styled by @JuliaVonBoehmA post shared by instylemagazine (@instylemagazine) on Aug 1, 2018 at 5:00am PDT
Jennifer Aniston has dealt with the tabloids for her entire career, but lately it seems relentless. “The misconceptions are â€˜Jen canâ€™t keep a man,â€™ and â€˜Jen refuses to have a baby because sheâ€™s selfish and committed to her career.â€™ Or that Iâ€™m sad and heartbroken,” she tells dear friend @MMcNearney in our September cover story. “First, with all due respect, Iâ€™m not heartbroken. And second, those are reckless assumptions. No one knows whatâ€™s going on behind closed doors. No one considers how sensitive that might be for my partner and me. They donâ€™t know what Iâ€™ve been through medically or emotionally. There is a pressure on women to be mothers, and if theyâ€™re not, then theyâ€™re deemed damaged goods. Maybe my purpose on this planet isnâ€™t to procreate. Maybe I have other things Iâ€™m supposed to do.” | Photographed by @BenHassett; Styled by @JuliaVonBoehmA post shared by instylemagazine (@instylemagazine) on Aug 1, 2018 at 5:15am PDT
Jennifer Anistonâ€™s been a cover star many times over, but she still admits to getting nervous the night before a big shoot. As she told us on set in LA at the Sheats-Goldstein House, “Iâ€™m always nervous the night before. Just always, I donâ€™t know why. For over 20 yearsâ€”maybe it keeps it exciting.” We followed along as Jen â€” plus a glam squad that includes her longtime hairstylist @MrChrisMcMillan and makeup artist @GucciWestman â€” posed for our September cover in menswear-inspired looks. This is how the shoot came together!A post shared by instylemagazine (@instylemagazine) on Aug 1, 2018 at 6:47am PDT
[Image via Brian To/WENN.]