Jennifer Aniston gave Allure one of the most candid interviews of her career, revealing that while the tabloids constantly speculated for years over whether or not she was pregnant, Aniston was privately trying to have a child. Though she wasn't able to conceive at the time, she has "no regrets" now after going through that journey.
"I would say my late 30s, 40s, I'd gone through really hard shit, and if it wasn't for going through that, I would've never become who I was meant to be," she said. "That's why I have such gratitude for all those shitty things. Otherwise, I would've been stuck being this person that was so fearful, so nervous, so unsure of who they were. And now, I don't fucking care. I was trying to get pregnant. It was a challenging road for me, the baby-making road."
Editor Danielle Pergament, who interviewed Aniston for Allure, was shocked, replying, "I had no idea."
"Yeah, nobody does," Aniston responded. "All the years and years and years of speculation... It was really hard. I was going through IVF, drinking Chinese teas, you name it. I was throwing everything at it. I would've given anything if someone had said to me, 'Freeze your eggs. Do yourself a favour.' You just don't think it. So here I am today. The ship has sailed."
"I have zero regrets," she continued. "I actually feel a little relief now because there is no more, 'Can I? Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.' I don't have to think about that anymore."
She said that the "narrative that I was just selfish," was additionally hurtful. (Some tried to characterize her divorce from Brad Pitt as him leaving her for Angelina Jolie because Aniston wouldn't start a family with him. Aniston has hit back against these rumors before.)
"I just cared about my career," she said. "And God forbid a woman is successful and doesn't have a child. And the reason my husband left me, why we broke up and ended our marriage, was because I wouldn't give him a kid. It was absolute lies. I don't have anything to hide at this point."
You can read her full interview here.