Although both of her marriages ended in divorce, Jennifer Aniston considers them “very successful.”
Well, that’s a healthy prospect.
Aniston, 49, spoke to Elle about her marriages to Brad Pitt and Justin Theroux, saying success sometimes means having the strength to end things.
“I don’t feel empty. I really do not know. My marriages, they were very successful, in (my) personal opinion,” she said. “And when they ended, it was a choice that was made because we chose to be happy, and sometimes happiness no longer existed in that arrangement.
“Of course there were bumps, and every moment wasn’t fantastic, obviously, but in the end, it’s our only life and I wouldn’t stay in a situation out of fear,” Aniston continued. “Fear of being alone. Fear of not being able to survive. Staying in a fear-based marriage is like doing your very life a disservice. When the job has been done and it doesn’t seem possible to get it to work, that’s okay. It’s not a failure. »
Aniston and Theroux divorced earlier this year after two and a half years of marriage and seven years as a couple. She and Pitt were married from 2000 to 2005.
The former ‘Friends’ star added that two people staying together until death do them apart is “a very romantic idea. It’s a very romantic idea. I understand that and I think for some people, it works. And it’s powerful and it’s amazing and it’s admirable. Enviable even. But everyone’s path is different.
The lengthy interview with Elle also covered Aniston’s prospects of becoming a mother, something she says she always found “a bit scary.”
“Some people are just meant to be wives and have babies,” she said. “I don’t know if it comes naturally to me.”
She also said, “It’s such a shallow lens that people look through. It’s the only place to point fingers at me like it’s my pity – like it’s some kind of scarlet letter on me that I haven’t procreated yet, or may never procreate.
Still, Aniston didn’t fully reckon with the idea. “Who knows what the future holds for us in terms of a child and a partnership—how does that child arrive…or not? And now, with science and miracles, we can do things at different times than we could do before.