From her very public split with Brad Pitt to her current relationship with Justin Theroux, Jennifer Aniston's personal life has never been just her own. She's always had to share it with the public. Though she constantly has to deal with prying questions, nothing bothers her more than when people ask why she's not a mother.
"I don't like [the pressure] that people put on me, on women — that you've failed yourself as a female because you haven't procreated," she told Allure for their January issue. "I don't think it's fair. You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn't mean you aren't mothering — dogs, friends, friends' children."
The actress, who stars in the upcoming film Cake in which she dons no makeup (and says she found it empowering), explained why she finds the commentary on her lack of children so hurtful: "This continually is said about me: that I was so career-driven and focused on myself; that I don't want to be a mother, and how selfish that is."
And who could blame her for feeling offended? People use her maternal status as a reason to attack her characters, which is completely unfair. She is a tremendous example for all childless women — whether by choice or not — that you don't necessarily need children to feel happy, successful, and fulfilled. Regardless of your situation, you just have to appreciate what you do have.
What do you think of the criticism Aniston has received?