Jennifer Aniston praises therapy as she reflects on 'tough stuff' that comes with fame

The Friends star opens up

Jennifer Aniston attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
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Jennifer Aniston shot to fame as Rachel Green in Friends back in 1994 and has never really left the limelight since.

The actor has gone on to have an incredibly successful career, but living in the spotlight hasn't always been easy. 

Having had her love life played out under the glare of the world, Jennifer has now revealed she uses therapy to cope. 

Speaking candidly in a rare interview with People magazine, she said, "I’ve really gotten a lot out of therapy. Just being a public person, there’s a lot of amazing things that come with that.

“But there’s also a lot of tough stuff, because we’re only human, and we tend to walk around with bullseyes on our heads.”

The star—who recently joined her former cast mates for an epic Friends Reunion—revealed even her own family send her articles asking if it's true.

"Sometimes you can’t help family members or people sending stuff over going, ‘What is this? You’re having a baby? Are you getting married?’” Jen said, referencing the constant speculation that surrounds her relationships and private life.

“It’s like, ‘Oh, good gosh, when and how many years will it take for you to ignore that silliness?’”


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While she seems well-versed in handling life in the public eye now, there's one thing that, even after all these years, still gets to her—the enduring expectation to have a baby. 

The Emmy-Award-winning actor has spent much of her TV and film career justifying her rejection of parenthood, and it looks like she's finally ready to change the yell 'cut' on the tiresome subject. 

The media obsession with Jennifer's childfree life came to a head just a few months ago, when TMZ incorrectly reported that she was in the process of adopting a child.

 According to the gossip website, The Morning Show actor was showered with love and advice after announcing the 'news' to her costars at the Friends reunion. The story gained such prominence that Jennifer Aniston responded to the baby adoption rumors, calling them "false" and insisting the alleged discussion with her cast mates had never happened. 

This isn't the first time the Golden Globe winner has been forced to address her childfree status. She penned a passionate essay in the Huffington Post back in 2016, in which she called out the media for its inappropriate fixation on her reproductive choices.  

"We don't need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own 'happily ever after' for ourselves," she wrote

Georgia Farquharson
Georgia Farquharson

Georgia studied Print Journalism at university in Nottingham, England before going on to work on several leading celebrity magazines, as well as freelance writing for international magazine Grazia Middle East. An enthusiastic, hard-working and ambitious writer, Georgia recently launched her own communications consultancy, farq media. As Director and Founder, Georgia helps businesses with their Public Relations strategy, as well as influencer and celebrity marketing. She also represents several influencers of her own. She lives with this motto in mind; "if your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough."