Jennifer Aniston has been pitied by fans who assume the actress' high-profile breakups are devastating, but the star is clearing the air and letting everyone know she's doing fine and considers her marriages a great accomplishment.
Aniston sat down with Elle at her home in Los Angeles to talk about the constant criticism of her personal life. After both marriages to Brad Pitt and Justin Theroux ended in splits, the actress still holds the relationships in high regard.
"I don’t feel a void. I really don’t. My marriages, they’ve been very successful, in [my] personal opinion," Aniston commented. She explained that when "they came to an end, it was a choice that was made because we chose to be happy, and sometimes happiness didn’t exist within that arrangement anymore. Sure, there were bumps, and not every moment felt fantastic, obviously, but at the end of it, this is our one life and I would not stay in a situation out of fear."
The fear, she describes is the "Fear of being alone. Fear of not being able to survive."
What defines a successful marriage has been long debated, but clearly Aniston isn't feeling like the splits were negative. She also has strong feelings on the "clichés" and "narrow-minded thinking" of focusing on marital or family status, and feels that, "You're diminishing everything I have succeeded at, and that I have built and created."
She compares the criticism of not being a mother or having a husband to wearing a "scarlet letter," and stresses that "everybody's path is different."
All Jen's points are admirable and noted, but the real highlight of the interview was the revelation that the "Friends" star has a custom built pizza oven in her kitchen.
Pizza > Husbands
BTW, Aniston's issue of Elle also includes personalized resolution messages from the actress to its 150,000 subscribers. Happy Holidays from Jen!