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How Jennifer Aniston Says She's Been 'Shamed' as a 'Sad, Childless Human'

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Jennifer Aniston wants to set the record straight: She is not a “sad childless human.”

Aniston, 47, opened up about why she decided to fight back against the harsh judgement of women in Hollywood in the powerful op-ed letter she wrote in July. In a new interview with Marie Claire, the actress said she was simply fed up with feeling “shamed.”

“My marital status has been shamed; my divorce status was shamed; my lack of a mate had been shamed; my nipples have been shamed,” she said of her marriage to Justin Theroux and 2005 split from Brad Pitt.

“It’s like, ‘Why are we only looking at women through this particular lens of picking us apart? Why are we listening to it?’ ” she continued. “I just thought: ‘I have worked too hard in this life and this career to be whittled down to a sad, childless human.’ ”

Michelangelo Di Battista
Michelangelo Di Battista

But she clearly isn’t letting any negative energy get her down. Aniston married Theroux, 45,  in August 2015 — and she hasn’t been able to stop gushing over him since!

“Why is he the right person for me? All I know is that I feel completely seen, and adored, in no matter what state,” she said. “There’s no part of me that I don’t feel comfortable showing, exposing. And it brings forth the best part of myself, because I care about him so much. And he’s such a good person. It hurts me to think of anything hurting him.”

As for her career, The Office Christmas Party star says she’s taking her time figuring out her next step.

Michelangelo Di Battista
Michelangelo Di Battista

“This is a time when I’m not completely sure what I’m doing,” she admitted. “I’m at this sort of crossroads trying to figure out what inspires me deep in my core. What used to make me tick is not necessarily making me tick anymore … The most challenging thing right now is trying to find what it is that makes my heart sing.”

And with Theroux busy filming his hit series The Leftovers, Aniston said she takes her family into account when booking jobs.

“You have to be so madly in love with it and think, ‘I will be so upset if I don’t go and play this person,’ ” she said. “Especially these days, with Justin in Melbourne. It has to be worth it.”