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Jennifer Aniston Doesn't Want Her 'Value as a Woman' to be Defined By Marriage & Children

Jennifer Aniston Doesn't Want Her 'Value as a Woman' to be Defined By Marriage & Children

Jennifer Aniston recently sat down and got candid with Carson Daly for a Today show interview, which aired this morning (August 27).

Carson asked the 45-year-old actress about her comments about having conversations with Gloria Steinem about a women’s worth in society being measured by procreating.

“I’d talked to her personally about this for awhile, just because it is such an issue of, like, ‘Are you married yet? Are you going to have your babies yet?’ It’s just constant. It’s like, I don’t know!” Jennifer said. “I don’t have this sort of checklist of things that have to be done, and if they’re not checked, then I’ve failed some part of my feminism or my value as a woman because I haven’t birthed a child. I’ve birthed a lot of things and feel like I’ve mothered many things, and I don’t think it’s fair to put that pressure on people.”

Jennifer was asked why people are so fascinated with her personal life, to which she replied, “If you have an answer to that, please let me know. I don’t know! I don’t know.”

She also talked about growing up and facing challenges. “All of the fears that I’ve overcome, challenges that you face that you think, ‘Oh, there’s no way I’m gonna be able to get through this,’ and by the grace of God, you have that strength in you and you get through it.”

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  • lololol

    Im getting popcorn for this thread…. cant wait for the comments XD

  • Daphne

    Jennifer, everyone is interested in your personal life because you were dumped by Brad Pitt for sultry Angelina. Just say you are not having children and no one will ask again.

  • inherownwords

    “I’ve never in my life said I didn’t want to have children. I did and I do and I will! The women that inspire me are the ones who have careers and children; why would I want to limit myself? I’ve always wanted to have children, and I would never give up that experience for a career. I want to have it all.”
    Jennifer Aniston

  • lily

    @Daphne:

    Ugh this! Dont understand why she doesnt just admit she doesnt want children – its not the end of the world nor should it be frowned upon

  • Meiling

    THE COW IS TOO OLD TO GET MARRIED AND PREGNANT LOL

  • Michele

    WTF!?!?!? SHE said she WANTED children. “I do and I will” to paraphrase her comment in Vanity Fair interview after Pitt kicked her to the curb. SHE has ben dragging out the children issue. JUST SAY YOU DONT WANT KIDS!!!!

  • lol

    why doe she think people will attack her if she says she doesn’t want kids? this woman is insecure to a T. if cameron diaz can say it without a problem, why can’t jennifer? can’t fix “stupid” i guess.

  • ummmm

    No one would’ve cared one iota if Aniston had been honest in her “poor me I’m the first person to divorce” campaign for years after her divorce. Prior to the divorce she was constantly telling interviewers they are ready, we’re practicing, it’s happening, etc. No one would give to nickles if she’d been honest and said I don’t want children (at this time, now or later) or simply that is private or personal or I don’t discuss my private life publically. Tons of celebrities do it and have no issues. The problem with Aniston she knew her fans related her to the likeness of Rachel Green( which was planned for her because they thought she would have been carrying for real based on her timelines ) pregnant and happy. She used that to try and launch her movie career and now that she’s too old it’s backfiring on her. Now she’s backpedaling the mess she and her pr created.

    Of course, her fans will coddle her as usual as little Ms Innocent.

  • Full of it

    Jennifer Aniston is full of bull. Who says things like “I’ve birthed many things”. She started one of the longest pity parties ever, threw her ex under the bus a million times and is now trying to reinvent herself as a feminist. I don’t for a second believe it. She never wanted kids, she still doesn’t but instead of being honest she fooled a lot of her minions into believing her “act”. Full of bull!

  • PULEEZE

    What hypocrisy!
    .
    Ms. Anniston is the one who has used these very issues for decades to get herself headlines and as “look at me” material. NOW she pooh poohs talk of these topics. SMH
    .
    What exactly has she birthed that was successful or not stillborn? She’s just plain embarrassing to women who really do accomplish things or succeed in life without her resources or her initial connections and luck in the industry.

  • Ms. gotdumped

    She has a funny shaped face. No.one really wants her.

  • badia

    people are interested in her personal life , because she lost a gorgeous man for the most beautiful woman. and , this man said he was having a dull life before.
    JA might be nice …but that’s all: nice…and boring.
    glad she found a guy who need to become famous . they seem to be happy … and happiness is all we want and wish to everyone .

  • N.

    Jennifer Aniston is so full of BS… She has been milking her “Woe me, I got dumped for another woman” schtick for a decade and built her career on playing the poor little betrayed housewife.
    And every time she needed media attention to promote her dull rom-coms she told the media that Yes, she wants a baby and will have one because her boyfriend of the week is her one and only soulmate, Y’all!
    BS… BS… BS…
    Aniston has had a dozen boyfriends and flings since her divorce, if she really wanted a baby she would have one by now. Or she could have adopted like Sandra Bullock.
    Nope, she never wanted children, those were all lies to cater to her fans… and THAT is the real reason why Brad Pitt left her.

  • Caryon

    I agree with her about kids. The pressure society puts on people to have them is silly. However, she has said she wants a child so her fans keep expecting her to have one. Maybe she should just state she changed her mind now and doesn’t want any.

  • sleepy

    she’s not pretty or interesting…*yawn*

  • Tammy

    This heffer is going to die OLD and alone smothering her cats in Aveeno lotion. She is so full of shit sometimes…gahh!!! Justin, back out dude. She ain’t worth it. Meanwhile Angelina is happily married with her football team of kids. SMDH!!!

  • lav

    @Tammy: If that’s what Angelina wants it’s ok, but what if it’s not what Jennifer wants, and she would completely miserable with a bunch of kids? There’s no shame in not having them, there would only be shame if she did for the pressure and then throw them in the hands of the nannies. That would be a real pity here. Take a look at North West.

  • lies

    @lav: There’s no shame in not wanting children, it’s a personal choice. Not every woman is born to be a mother.
    But Jennifer Aniston always said that she wants a baby and will have one. The future mom was always part of her carefully constructed image.
    But she’s 45 years old now, where is the baby she alwys claims she wants? She lied, plain and simple.

  • Ami

    @lies:

    You a$$!oles supposing she’s having issues getting pregnant?? Fertility issues, medical issues??? The constant attacks on her on this site is sickening. Jennifer will never inform the world about her problems because she’s not a famewh@re like some people! Perhaps she doesn’t want to adopt or whatever and she wanted to give birth but it didn’t happen. Why must it be she is lying you JUST JARED F@CKERS!!!!!

  • Blithe

    While I certainly can care less about what she chooses to do with her life, I do remember how bad I felt after seeing numerous interviews during the time of the divorce that stated how badly she did want to be a mom. She made it very clear that she wanted children and she said multiple times she would never compromise a family for her career. I don’t think she ever wanted children and that’s ok. I just think that’s why some people keep bringing it up with her. Because she’s the one who always said she wanted kids in all the interviews. If she would’ve just said “I don’t think I ever want to be a mom” or “I don’t see kids in the immediate future” I don’t think people would care so much. It’s always so refreshing when women like Cameron Diaz can be honest about motherhood, saying it’s just not for them. I respect women like that so much more. But ultimately it is no ones business.. I do think however it was her that started all that media circus about her being a mom. She played into it a lot and people sympathized with her a lot more. so let’s not act mystified about why people keep asking her about it. Cuz let’s face it.. Unfortunately there ARE women who would’ve turned their backs on her if she said she never wanted to be a mom and that was the reason for her divorce. I think that’s silly but let’s be real about it

  • Joy B Angie

    Jen looks better and better.
    G O R G E O U S ! ! !

  • allison

    No one is asking Carmen Diaz over and over again about marriage and having a baby. Why do they ask Jen? Because she was the one who talked about wanting to be a mother after Friends was over. It was her who whined in her VF interview that she wanted to be a mother so bad. It was Jen producer friend who said it was Jen that was doing all the planning to be as mother but it was Brad who did not want to be a parent. It was Jen who told Oprah that in five years I will be a mother.
    Reality is Jen Aniston never wanted to be a mother. She just changes her story to fit the situation she is in.
    Be a grown a s s woman now and just tell that to the media and stop with the I Am Woman bs Speech. You did not get your confidence until you found a guy(who left his gf of 14 years) to marry you.

  • Miller

    @Ami:

    Honey, calm down, manface does’nt even know you exist. Now if she were having fertility problems, or the other hen fantasy, that she had miscarriages, then why would she put on a fake pregnancy belly to shill overpriced tap water? No sane person would mock something like that. What’s sickening is you slags need to victimize this trick. Shes too old to play the “Imma gonna have a baby sumday” card, the hot body pr isnt working, so now she’s gonna talk about her hair and skin and blah, blah blah.

  • Miller

    @Ami:

    Oh yeah, forgot to add…notice your hypocritical azz didnt get sick when one of your fellow hens made a pedophilic remark about Jolie and Pitts kids. But you get your panties in a bunch about remarks made about an almost 50 year old woman, but crickets about sexual remarks made about kids.

  • yeah, right

    So after years and years of baby talk to get media attention now all of a sudden she decides that motherhood should not define her?!
    Yeah, right…

    Let me guess… Angelina Jolie is pregnant again *laugh*

  • F

    She looks so old…
    I feel bad for John Hawkes, such a terrific actor who has to work in this awful movies.

  • http://www.justjared.com/2014/08/27/jennifer-aniston-doesnt-want-her-value-as-a-woman-to-be-defined-by-marriage-children/all-comments/#comments ann

    She looks so much better without her hair extensions. I hope she didn’t just take them out for the ice bucket challenge so they wouldn’t get damaged and hasn’t had a chance for re weaving them in. She needs to quit touching her hair though. Looks like she’s checking for bugs or something all the time. I think she’s had at least two rebirths through People magazine. That’s her idea of birth. lol.

  • claire

    she’s a liar !
    she birthed a lot things ? what ? a perfume, living proof, and shit movies
    Courtney cox is 100 times better

  • jessica

    always crying and complaining
    shup up miss aniston

  • Bea

    People can change their minds. We all do it all the time. She might have wanted children when she was younger and married. In fact, it was Brad Pitt who told one famous television hostess that he wasn’t ready for children because he wanted Jennifer all to himself for a while. Enter Angie with Max, all of a sudden he wants Angelina and “crying” about how much he wants children. Boo hoo, it didn’t take him long to take off with Angelina and Maddox and make himself look like a victim. It was well orchestrated.
    I have a 25 year old granddaughter who wanted children and marriage. She broke up with her intended and started dating a man twice her age. Now of course, she doesn’t want children and this was less than three years ago. People can change their minds.

  • jessica

    @Bea: “Brad Pitt who told one famous television hostess that he wasn’t ready for children because he wanted Jennifer all to himself for a while ”
    the truth : brad tried to protect her from media and the baby talk.
    In reality he was depressed

  • Eli

    She brought it all on herself by saying when she and pitt divorced that she hadn’t wanted kids YET, but that he did. So of course people are wondering when. Especially when she can’t keep a man.

  • Alexis

    All the fears she’s overcome? Being the kid of a star and then a star herself? Ha!!! Try being abused and confused and poor or serving your country. What a deluded man-looking woman. All she cares for is skin and hair. And her own at that!

  • well

    @Bea:

    Brad has always stated he wanted children even before Jennifer Lienston. He has always wanted a soccer team before, with and after her. She can change her mind but don’t make a life in the public eye built around that. Then when you’re too old to conceive you try to make light of it and play the feminism card like Miley and Beyonce do to excuse your mess.

  • The End. Hopefully!

    Well, I hope the looney tunes will finally stop their “Jen will have a revenge pregnancy to show Brad what he’s missing.” nonsense.
    Another highlight: “Angelina Jolie stole Jen’s family, Shiloh should have been Jen’s baby!”
    It’s sick and twisted but deluded “fans” have been spamming articles about Jolie, Pitt and Aniston with comments like these for years.
    Nope, there would have been no baby because Jen does not want any. Game over.

  • Jentheho

    I have no problem with her not wanting children but why said I did and I do and I will! How long does she expects Brad to wait? When he is 50 or 60. Just come out and say she doesn’t want children.

  • yep

    Gee haters don’t you get tired of hating……….Jen is talking about Jen! Her life…….. every person as their own path to follow….. we all grow and change………the point is Jen continues to grow and most of us do…Keep moving forward Jen….happy and proud for you.

  • Ivermom

    If Jennifer lips are moving, she is lying.
    So finally people are realizing she is con artist, her chickens came home to roost.
    After lying for twenty years about children, now the wool is falling off the sheep eyes, that she has been selling this BS to.
    All over the Net, people all calling her on her lies.
    Brad and Angie took so much abuse, because of this lying c unt that knew she never wanted children.
    After marrying and find out what a neurotic, vindictive person she was, of course he did not to have kids with her, all she is about is hair extensions and tanning.
    Let her be someone else problem, Theroux can enjoy the perks of living with her, they’re both fame hos.
    Now she is a feminist, LOL. I’m sure she is reading what is being said about today, she’ll be in Therapy twice a day now, instead of once a day.
    Her new movie is opening in thirty-three theaters and straight to videos, the distributors did not spend any money to promote it, why throw good money after bad, he he he he.

  • Bet

    @yep: Stating facts is not hating.
    Hating is when you lie about other people in interviews, and send out a baby killer to talk crap about them.
    I’m rooting for Justin and his palimony suit down the road.
    Forty-six year old can’t use that is she or isn’t pregnant crap anymore, old girl is peri-menopausal now. It is where sperm go to die.

  • Mmmmmmm

    Why does she have to tell us these things.

    We are not morons…..we know better. Is this interview a prerequisite to an upcoming movie? She dreads being out of the lime light for too long….an attention monger….

  • yep

    @Bet…..majority of comments aren’t stating facts …….they are stating an opinion that is base on hate/dislike…….fact……..opinion…….How is Jen using pregnancy? She is stating a fact……a person’s life value isn’t based on if they have a child or not? if they are married or not? and if a person does base a person’s value on that it is really pretty sad…we all have a purpose in life …. we can start out thinking I will get married and have children and life happens and time goes and guess what……you are not married and don’t have a child….does that make your life meaningless of course not……everyday you give, grow you and find your purpose…..you touch lives around you……and etc….Have a nice evening.

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  • lav

    I THINK THE MOST WEIRD THING IN ALL OF THIS, IS YOU GUYS FIGHTING OVER SOMTHING SHE SAID A DECADE AGO.

    A PERSON DOES NOT NEED TO MAKE A STATEMENT TO A MAGAZINE OR A PRESS CONFERENCE TO SAY SHE CHANGED HER MIND, OR THAT SIMPLY ISN’T HAPPENING WHATEVER THE REASON IS.

    YOU GUYS ARE WEIRD. IT’S NOT NORMAL TO FEEL THIS MUCH ANGER ABOUT SOMETHING SHE SAID ABOUT HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER OWN LIFE. SHE CAN CHANGE HER MIND AS MANY TIMES AS SHE WANTS.

  • Pass by

    I am 45, I am married & have been for 17yrs & I do not have children. Does that mean I have never planned to have them, wanted to have them, talked about wanting to have them? At some point in my life I had their names & their lives planned out as I did mine and it included them. Having kids didn’t’ come easy for me, I just didn’t decide to try to have kids one day & then it just happened as it does for so many others. Does that mean I couldn’t have done other things to have my own kids or adopt kids that would be mine, I could. But time passes & it becomes less important, as you age you find happiness & contentment in others things, the urge becomes less and life goes on. Your truly happy & your not looking to have children, you don’t need them to define you. Suddenly time passes and so has your opportunity to have them and your truly ok with that. Not a fan of Ms. Aniston, but she is so right the pressure on women to have children is so extreme and the lack of understanding by other women that your life is full and happy without the is 10x more extreme!

  • oh god

    @Pass by:

    JEN, IS THAT YOU?

  • anna

    This is the only site I read that people hate on her..everyone who comments on jen’s posts in this site hates her for no reason and is an angelina fan..is there a convention I don’t know about? Get a life people! Plus who does who are saying she should admit it, SHE IS!

  • anna

    for those*

  • siennagold

    Not all women wants to have children. And that is absolutely OK.

  • dame betch

    If only Angholina wasn’t a ho.

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