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Jennifer Aniston Defies Expectations Of What Women Are 'Supposed' To Do

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By Sarah Veldman

She's been known as many things: Rachel from Friends, the one Brad Pitt dumped for Angelina Jolie, yoga lover, and age-defier.

Jennifer Aniston, who just turned 51, is basically a girls girl, who despite two divorces still manages to appear as the ultimate single woman who thrives in her independence.

She's never had children, making one question if she regrets this decision, something she spoke about in a recent interview with surprising honesty.

Aniston has shown women what life can look like on one's own terms, rather than bowing to the demands of societal expectations.

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She's Not Opposed To Having Children In The Future

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Aniston recently spoke to actress Sandra Bullock for Interview magazine, and posed in a variety of sexy outfits, including a black pair of leather hot pants.

Despite the fact that she is currently single, Aniston is not opposed to the idea of children in her future.

She told the magazine, "‘It’s not so much what I see myself doing, but it’s more like a little screenshot in my brain, where I hear the ocean, I see the ocean, I hear laughter, I see kids running, I hear ice in a glass, I smell food being cooked. That’s the joyous snapshot in my head."

Her dreams are not so different from those of many women, yet she continues to live happily single, thriving in her independence.

She Doesn't Feel The Need To Have A Man In Her Life

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This isn't the first time Aniston has touched on the idea of children.

Back in 2010, during a press conference, the actress said, "Women are realizing it more and more knowing that they don't have to settle with a man just to have that child. Times have changed and that is also what is amazing is that we do have so many options these days."

Though she was married to actor Justin Theroux after this, the couple split in 2018, and they never publicly spoke about the idea of having children together.

She Thrived After Her Split From Justin Theroux

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Despite the fact that it appears Aniston may actually secretly regret not having kids, she has never let that get her down, at least not publicly.

After her divorce from actor Justin Theroux, she was said to be thriving. After the pair split, a source told _ET, “Jennifer has been doing incredibly well. Her decision to move forward in life without Justin was one of the most difficult of her life but she now knows for sure, it was the right one."

The source continued, "Since they split, her friends believe their plan to move forward in life without one another was the best decision for both of them. Neither of them is pining for each other but instead, finding themselves again."

Clearly, the split did Aniston some good, and she went about looking to get healthier and focusing on herself more.

She Doesn't Need To Re-Visit The Past

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston catch up backstage at awards show
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Despite all the rumors that Aniston may be getting back together with Brad Pitt, would it really be so bad if these were simply rumors and not based in fact?

Aniston seems happier as a single woman, even though many fans are still living in nostalgia, hoping for a reunion of the early 2000's power couple.

What is very clear is that The Morning Show actress is happy with her life as it is, despite doing things differently from the expectations society seems to put on women.

Here's hoping she continues killing it!

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