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Jennifer Aniston: 'my value as a woman has nothing to do with having babies'

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As a woman in her 40s in Hollywood, Jennifer Aniston is subject to relentless scrutiny over her love life and whether or not she'll have children - and it seems she has (rightly) had enough of it.

The 45-year-old actress has hit out at the constant speculation and questioning over her lack of children, saying it has nothing to do with "my value as a woman".

Appearing on the Today show with Carson Daly this week, Aniston said:

"I don't have this sort of checklist 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 worth and my value as a woman because I haven't birthed a child."

Jennifer Aniston on the Today show with Carson Daly

The Friends star, who got engaged to actor Justin Theroux in 2012, said she didn't need children to feel fulfilled in her life.

"I've birthed a lot of things," she said. "I feel like I've mothered many things and I don't think it's fair to put that pressure [of having children] on people."

Show host Daly was asking Aniston to expand on comments she made earlier this year. In a February interview with feminist Gloria Steinem, the actress noted that "being a woman, your value and worth is associated with your marital status or whether or not you've procreated."

Jennifer at the Life of Crime film premiere in Los Angeles last night

In this latest interview, Aniston added that she was baffled about strangers' interest in her marital status and whether or not she will have kids.

"It's always such an issue of, like, 'Are you married yet? Have you had babies yet?' And it's just constant," she said.

Asked why people seemed to care so much about such topics, she replied, "If you have an answer for that, please let me know."

Aniston is currently working to promote her latest movie, the comedy Life of Crime with Isla Fisher and Will Forte.

"I've had an incredible evolution," she said of her varied film career. "I keep seeing all these little lifetimes that I've lived and they're all so wonderful."

Watch an extract from the interview, below.

Photos: Rex Features

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