Jennifer Aniston used a feminist perspective on the “Today Show” today (Aug. 27) to answer seemingly unending tabloid speculation–and criticism–about her life choices involving marriage and children, of which she has neither.
Aniston is 45 and almost beyond hope of having her own children, outside of massive medical intervention.
She remains engaged to fellow-actor Justin Theroux, whom she’s been seeing since May 2011.
In January 2012, they bought a $22 million Bel-Air home together and announced their engagement that October. But there’s been little talk since then of getting married, although tabloid speculation is endless.
Tabloid InTouch reported only this week that Aniston was “shattered” and she suffered an alleged miscarriage. The unsubstantiated report is widely thought to be more tabloid fodder. But it represents the type of speculation she’s had to deal with for most of her career.
Aniston was married for five years, from 2000 to 2005, to actor Brad Pitt. They divorced in October 2005.
She’s been in relationships since the with actor Vince Vaughn, British model Paul Sculfor and musician John Mayer.
In the “Today” interview with Carson Daily, she cited a conversation with ’60s feminist Gloria Steinem about how women are so often defined by marriage and having babies.
“It’s always such an issue of are you married yet; have your had your babies yet? And, it’s just constant,” she says
“Well, I don’t know. I don’t have this sort of check list of things that have to be done. And if they’re not checked, then I’ve failed some part of my feminism, or my being a woman, or my value as a woman because I haven’t birthed a child.”
Aniston was on the show to promote her latest movie, “Life of Crime.” It opens this Friday (Aug. 29) Check out the video below, let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest celebrity news.