The one thing that hurt Jennifer Aniston the most about her divorce

Jennifer Aniston seems to be single lately, but she’s certainly given marriage a chance — or two.

In 1998, she began dating fellow superstar Brad Pitt. They married in a lavish Malibu ceremony in 2000, but in 2005 they announced they were separating. “This decision is the result of much thoughtful consideration. We remain happily committed and caring friends with great love and admiration for one another,” they wrote in a statement.

Aniston continued to date Vince Vaughn and John Mayer, but she got her second chance at marriage when she met Justin Theroux. The two exchanged vows in a secret ceremony in 2015, but split just three years later.

While none of Aniston’s marriages ended happily, they are still “successful” by their standards. “My marriages have been very successful, in [my] personal opinion,” she told Elle in 2019. “And when they ended, it was a decision that was made because we chose to be happy, and sometimes happiness doesn’t exist in that arrangement anymore.” Despite her optimism, she has struggled in the past.

Jennifer Aniston said she gave out too much

When Brad Pitt and Aniston split in 2005, rumors circulated that Pitt was marrying his wife for his “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” co-star Angelina Jolie. “What happened to him after the breakup – it’s his life now. I made a conscious effort not to amplify the toxicity of this situation,” she told Vanity Fair in 2005.

But she admitted she was distraught by the end of the relationship, around the same time Friends ended. Pitt hadn’t turned up for the taping, and according to insiders, he’d already “emotionally checked out” the marriage. “It was really painful. It was family and I don’t handle it well when families split up,” she said of leaving Friends, adding that Pitt didn’t offer any emotional support. “He just wasn’t there for me.” She also expressed her regret at not having left anything for herself. “I wouldn’t reveal too much about myself,” she said when asked if she would do anything differently. “I love taking care of people and sometimes I definitely put their needs ahead of mine. Somewhere along the way you kind of lose yourself.”

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While Aniston felt hurt and disappointed during the divorce, she doesn’t find the experience “painful.” Speaking to CBS Sunday morning, she said, “I don’t find it painful,” Aniston said. “I think it’s a narrative that follows you because it’s an interesting headline.” Though divorce hurts, it seems that being the subject of endless tabloid stories hurt her more.

Jennifer Aniston is tired of media scrutiny

Jennifer Aniston’s divorce announcements had one thing in common: they wanted to keep the media out of it. “We would like to state that our split is not the result of speculation reported by the tabloids,” her statement with Brad Pitt read, while her announcement with Justin Theroux said something similar: “Whatever else is printed about us is not directly from us, but is someone else’s fictional narrative.”

Aniston made it clear in her 2008 Vogue interview that she disliked media gossip. “There was stuff printed that was definitely from a time when I didn’t know it was happening,” she said of the controversy. “I felt those details were a little inappropriate to talk about.” She also wrote a comment on the subject for The Huffington Post in 2016. “I’ve always told myself that tabloids are like comics, don’t take them seriously,” she said. “But I really can’t tell myself that anymore because the reality is the stalking and objectification that I’ve experienced first hand that reflects the distorted way we calculate a woman’s worth.”

Luckily, she has a solid support system. “Just so many evolved, positive people around me,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s an inconvenience, but it’s all relative. So I had to make a choice: I either indulge in candy and live under my covers, or I go out and find a creative outlet and thrive. and that’s what I did.”

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