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“It Was a Challenging Road for Me”-Jennifer Aniston Opens Up About IVF Struggles

Jennifer Aniston is sharing her very personal IVF story for the very first time, saying it was a very challenging road

"It Was a Challenging Road for Me"-Jennifer Aniston Opens Up About IVF Struggles
Photo of Jennifer Aniston on Allure cover

In a candid new interview with Allure, while discussing her hair-care line LolaVie, the actress opened up about the painful pregnancy rumours that plagued her for years, revealing that behind the scrutiny was a secret struggle with infertility she was battling.

“I was trying to get pregnant. It was a challenging road for me, the baby-making road,” Aniston told the outlet.

“All the years and years and years of speculation… It was really hard,” she noted. “I was going through IVF, drinking Chinese teas, you name it. I was throwing everything at it. I would have given anything if someone had said to me, ‘Freeze your eggs. Do yourself a favor.’ You just don’t think it.”

Not helping her troubles was her split from husband Brad Pitt in 2005 after 5 years or marriage and the hurtful assumptions that she chose career over kids.

"It Was a Challenging Road for Me"-Jennifer Aniston Opens Up About IVF Struggles
Photo of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston while they were married

“It was absolute lies,” said Aniston of the “narrative that I was just selfish… I just cared about my career. And God forbid a woman is successful and doesn’t have a child. And the reason my husband left me, why we broke up and ended our marriage, was because I wouldn’t give him a kid.”

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Aniston didn’t give any timeline to her IVF journey, Allure noting that it was simply “several years ago.” But now at 53, she said she has “zero regrets” to how things worked out.

“Here I am today. The ship has sailed,” she said, adding, “I actually feel a little relief now because there is no more, ‘Can I?’ I don’t have to think about that anymore.”

“I would say my late 30s, 40s, I’d gone through really hard sh*t, and if it wasn’t for going through that, I would’ve never become who I was meant to be,” said Aniston. “That’s why I have such gratitude for all those sh*tty things. Otherwise, I would’ve been stuck being this person that was so fearful, so nervous, so unsure of who they were. And now, I don’t f*cking care.”

Said Aniston: “I feel the best in who I am today, better than I ever did in my 20s or 30s even, or my mid-40s.”

This isn’t the first time Aniston has discussed the impact gossip about her personal life has had on her.

Back in 2016, the Friends alum wrote a scathing essay back for the Huffington Post addressing false pregnancy reports at the time, saying, “For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up.”

 

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Charis Ebiaghian

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