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Jennifer Aniston, 53, Gets Raw About ‘Challenging’ Fertility Journey in New Interview

Prevention 6 hrs ago Kayla Blanton
Jennifer Aniston opened up about her IVF and fertility journey for the first time in a new interview. She called it a “challenging road.” © James Devaney - Getty Images Jennifer Aniston opened up about her IVF and fertility journey for the first time in a new interview. She called it a “challenging road.”
  • Jennifer Aniston opened up about her IVF and fertility journey for the first time in a new interview.
  • For years, she kept her attempts to get pregnant private while simultaneously receiving intense public pressure to become a mother.
  • “It was a challenging road for me,” she said. But she admitted that the trials made her who she is today.

Transport yourself back to the early aughts, for just a moment. Imagine your local newsstand filled with tabloids. You might recall that, at one time, a good chunk of them featured headlines speculating (incorrectly) that Jennifer Aniston was pregnant. Despite intense public pressure, the Friends star kept her fertility and IVF journey under wraps for years. Now, at 53, she’s opening up about the trying period in her life, saying she has nothing to hide.

“I would say my late 30s, 40s, I’d gone through really hard sh*t, and if it wasn’t for going through that, I would’ve never become who I was meant to be,” she said in a new interview with Allure. “I was trying to get pregnant. It was a challenging road for me, the baby-making road.”

She added that she exhausted all of her options to become a mom. And on top of the media constantly analyzing her for a “baby bump,” critics called her selfish for not having kids and focusing on 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. It was absolute lies,” she recalled. (Aniston was married to Brad Pitt from 2000 to 2005 and to Justin Theroux from 2015 to 2017.)

“All the years and years and years of speculation... It was really hard. I was going through IVF, drinking Chinese teas, you name it. I was throwing everything at it,” she continued. “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.”

Although it’s not the outcome she initially hoped for, today, Aniston can honestly say she has no regrets. “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,” she added.

This may be the first time she’s spoken this candidly on the topic, but, on multiple occasions, she has openly criticized the public for assuming they had the right to access her personal journey.

In 2016, she even wrote an op-ed for The Huffington Post about it. “For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up,” she wrote.

Even though she has spent most of her adult life in the spotlight and is used to gossip and rumors, she had to address that she’s not emotionless or invincible. “I was like, ‘I’ve just got to write this because it’s so maddening and I’m not superhuman to the point where I can’t let it penetrate and hurt,’” she told Allure.

But now, in retrospect, she understands that all of those hardships have fed her personal growth. “That’s why I have such gratitude for all those sh*tty things,” she said. “Otherwise, I would’ve been stuck being this person that was so fearful, so nervous, so unsure of who they were.”

Don’t mind us, just in awe of Aniston forever and always.

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