Jennifer Aniston is coming out swinging in the newest issue of InStyle.
Sitting down with Jimmy Kimmel’s wife, Molly McNearney, Aniston wants everyone to know she’s “not heartbroken” after her split with husband Justin Theroux.
“The misconceptions are ‘Jen can’t keep a man,’ and ‘Jen refuses to have a baby because she’s selfish and committed to her career.’ Or that I’m sad and heartbroken. First, with all due respect, I’m not heartbroken,” she tells McNearney.
Aniston continues, “And second, those are reckless assumptions. No one knows what’s going on behind closed doors. No one considers how sensitive that might be for my partner and me. They don’t know what I’ve been through medically or emotionally.” Adding, “There is a pressure on women to be mothers, and if they are not, then they’re deemed damaged goods. Maybe my purpose on this planet isn’t to procreate. Maybe I have other things I’m supposed to do?”
Aniston and Theroux announced their separation after nearly three years of marriage, and the star is taking a stand about how women are viewed in a Hollywood breakup.
“Women are picked apart and pitted against one another based on looks and clothing and superficial stuff. When a couple breaks up in Hollywood, it’s the woman who is scorned,” Aniston says. “The woman is left sad and alone. She’s the failure. F that. When was the last time you read about a divorced, childless man referred to as a spinster?”
She then switched gears, talking about her experience with misconduct in the workplace in the Harvey Weinstein scandal era, but says women have been more of an issue for her than men.
“In my personal experience I’ve been treated worse verbally and energetically by some women in this industry,” she says. “I’ve definitely had some sloppy moves made on me by other actors, and I handled it by walking away. I’ve never had anyone in a position of power make me feel uncomfortable and leverage that over me.”