Jennifer Aniston endured years of rumors and speculation about her family plans, but she has just shared the truth in her own words at last. In the cover story for Allure Magazine's December issue, Aniston revealed her long struggle to conceive a child via in-vitro fertilization (IVF). She admitted that it was difficult and painful to keep that part of her life a secret while fans and tabloid reporters tried to track down the truth.
Aniston told her interviewer: "I was trying to get pregnant. It was a challenger road for me, the baby-making road." She said that she believes to this day that "nobody" was aware of her efforts, in spite of the widespread media coverage of her personal life. She even declined to reveal the exact timeline to this day. However, she implied that she was trying to get pregnant on her own via IVF rather than with a partner.
Introducing our December cover star, #JenniferAniston.— Allure (@Allure_magazine) November 9, 2022
She has spent most of her adult life in the spotlight, with all its glare. At 53, she opens up about her path to leaving regrets and some deeply personal pain behind. https://t.co/2x254s1EWk pic.twitter.com/Z4WMUTrDDt
"All the years and years and years of speculation... It was really hard," Aniston said. "I was going through IVF, drinking Chinese teas, you name it. I was throwing everything at it. I would've given anything if someone had said to me, 'Freeze your eggs. Do yourself a favor.' You just don't think it. So here I am today. The ship has sailed."
At 53 years old, Aniston said that she has now made peace with her path. Aniston never had children but said that she has "no regrets," adding: "I actually feel a little relief now because there is no more, 'Can I? Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.' I don't have to think about that anymore."
Aniston reflected on the period when people had speculated about her plans for parenthood the most: during her split from Brad Pitt in 2005. At the time, tabloids advanced the narrative that they broke up because Aniston had refused to have children with Pitt, which Aniston denied at the time. This month, she told Allure that the idea "that I was just selfish" and "just cared about my career" still stings.
"And God forbid a woman is successful and doesn't have a child," she said. "And the reason my husband left me, why we broke up and ended our marriage, was because I wouldn't give him a kid. It was absolute lies. I don't have anything to hide at this point."
"I've spent so many years protecting my story about IVF," Aniston went on. "I'm so protective of these parts because I feel like there's so little that I get to keep to myself. The [world] creates narratives that aren't true, so I might as well tell the truth. I feel like I'm coming out of hibernation. I don't have anything to hide."