Jennifer Aniston is over people guessing whether she’s pregnant and the scrutiny that women face when it comes to their figures. In a candid blog post published on The Huffington Post on Tuesday, July 12, the Cake actress slams recent pregnancy rumors and defends herself against body-shaming.
“For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up,” the 46-year-old Friends alum wrote. “I’m fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body-shaming that occurs daily. … If I am some kind of symbol to some people out there, then clearly I am an example of the lens through which we, as a society, view our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, female friends and colleagues. The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing.”
She continued in her post: “The message that girls are not pretty unless they’re incredibly thin, that they’re not worthy of our attention unless they look like a supermodel or an actress on the cover of a magazine is something we’re all willingly buying into."
Her blog post comes just weeks after In Touch posted photos of the Mother’s Day actress in a bikini and claimed she was pregnant and expecting her first child with husband Justin Theroux. (At the time, Aniston’s rep denied the rumors, telling Us Weekly that they were just another “fabrication.")
“Here’s where I come out on this topic: We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child,” the Emmy-winning star continued. “We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies. That decision is ours and ours alone. Let’s make that decision for ourselves and for the young women in this world who look to us as examples. … We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own ‘happily ever after’ for ourselves.”
The actress noted that she isn’t ruling out having kids, but said she won’t stand for the constant scrutiny.
“I may become a mother some day, and since I’m laying it all out there, if I ever do, I will be the first to let you know. But I’m not in pursuit of motherhood because I feel incomplete in some way … I resent being made to feel ‘less than’ because my body is changing and/or I had a burger for lunch and was photographed from a weird angle and therefore deemed one of two things: ‘pregnant’ or ‘fat,’” she continued. "Not to mention the painful awkwardness that comes with being congratulated by friends, coworkers and strangers alike on one’s fictional pregnancy (often a dozen times in a single day).”
This isn’t the first time that Aniston has defended herself.
"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 in January 2015. "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."
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