Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Jennifer Aniston wants the world to stop banging on about her child-free status


It’s 2017, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that the world would get on board with the fact that women’s dreams for the future don’t solely revolve around love, marriage and baby carriages. Indeed, more women than ever before are choosing not to have children, for a multitude of reasons.

Yet, unlike men, child-free women often find themselves under a harsh spotlight, with friends, family, and complete strangers inexplicably feeling within their rights to ask deeply personal questions surrounding their reproductive choices.

Jennifer Aniston knows this all too well – and has now spoken out again about having to constantly respond to pregnancy rumours, imploring gossips to stop straying into such a “sensitive” topic and “stay in your own backyard”.

Read more: “When are you going to have kids?” An illustrated guide to the best comebacks

For years, now, the media has been positively obsessed with her personal life, running ridiculous and unfounded headlines about her “secret pregnancy” every single time she steps out in a bikini, or a slightly loose top, or, y’know, just enjoys a “delicious big lunch”. So much so that, in 2016, Aniston penned a blistering op-ed, in which she pointed out the inherent sexism of these “absurd and disturbing” claims.

Her words, though, have had little effect on the whirring cogs of the pregnancy rumour mill.

“If your body is in a normal moment of having had a bite or two, or you're having a moment of bloat, then there's arrows circled around your stomach, telling you that you're pregnant,” Aniston wearily explains in the new interview with Glamour.

“And it's like, actually no, it's just my body. Not that it's any of your business to begin with. Having a child, as we know, is no one's business except the couple or individual that's going through it.”

Aniston goes on to point out that, despite what misogynists might have you believe, women absolutely do not need to have children in order to live a “happy and fulfilled” life.

“My ideas of what a happy life and fulfilled life are might be different from other people’s,” she says firmly.

“I think it's to each their own. Nobody's right to judge someone else's choices. No one knows what's going on beyond the four walls of your home, of these people who are having or not having children.

“It's a very sensitive area to go to, especially. It's sensitive to me.”

"Nobody's right to judge someone else's choices"

"Nobody's right to judge someone else's choices"

Aniston finished with a scathing message for gossips everywhere: “Everybody likes to get into each other's panty drawers.

“Stay in your own backyard and let everybody live their lives.”

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves to be honest.

Read more: “Why I chose to have an abortion aged 35”

Aniston is not the first beloved sitcom star to make such a point: Sex and the City’s Kim Cattrall has previously spoken out about her frustrations over being labelled “childless”.

“It’s the ‘less’ that is offensive” she says in the interview on Radio 4’s Woman's Hour in 2015. “Childless – it sounds like you’re less because you haven’t had a child.”

“The thing that I find questionable about being childless and child-free – are you really? I mean there is a way to become a mother in this day and age that doesn't include your name on the child's birth certificate. You can express that maternal side of you very clearly, very strongly.”

"I am not a biological parent, but I am a parent"

"I am not a biological parent, but I am a parent"

Cattrall added: “I am not a biological parent, but I am a parent. I have young actors and actresses that I mentor, I have nieces and nephews that I am very close to.

“I didn’t change nappies, which is OK with me, but I did help my niece get through medical school. I did sit down with my nephew when he was [going through] a very tough time to join the army. And those are very motherly things to do, very nurturing things to do. So I feel I am a mother of sorts.

“I am not completely child-free, because I care about the next generation.” 

Images: Rex Pictures


jennifer aniston.jpg

Jennifer Aniston really isn’t happy about *that* Friends fan theory

child-free childless terminology.jpg

“I’m child-free, not childless – why the difference matters”


This is why you’ll never see Jennifer Aniston on social media


The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Dakota Johnson’s hidden talent to David Beckham’s sweet moment

by Nicola Colyer
26 Sep 2017

Diane Abbott calls for end to abuse of BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg

“Why – just because she is a woman journalist – does she get that level of abuse?”

by Moya Crockett
26 Sep 2017

The important life lessons that Barack Obama taught his daughters

Guaranteed to leave you feeling more than a bit emotional...

by Kayleigh Dray
26 Sep 2017

“We should all be angry that Laura Kuenssberg needs a bodyguard”

The BBC's political editor needs protection because of misogyny, pure and simple

by Ellie Mae O’Hagan
25 Sep 2017

Piers Morgan's comments about Meghan Markle have riled up the internet

A heavy dose of sexism with your morning telly

by Kayleigh Dray
25 Sep 2017

Julia Stiles talks women in Hollywood and her controversial baby name

Stylist.co.uk chats with the Riviera star

by Harriet Hall
25 Sep 2017

Chrissy Teigen’s reason for never divorcing John Legend is too good

Just when we thought we couldn’t love her more

by Susan Devaney
25 Sep 2017

NASA just paid tribute to Hidden Figures' Katherine Johnson

This is long overdue

by Susan Devaney
25 Sep 2017

Ellen DeGeneres has officially banned Donald Trump from her TV show

Her powerful statement sums up everything that’s wrong with the president

by Kayleigh Dray
25 Sep 2017

Jessica Ennis-Hill unveils baby girl’s incredibly trendy name

The gold medallist announced the news via an intimate Instagram photo

by Kayleigh Dray
25 Sep 2017