The real reason Jennifer Aniston never had children

After playing Rachel on Friends, Jennifer Aniston gained global fame. With the show, she struck what some refer to as “Hollywood Gold,” and the 53-year-old is still going strong in the industry today.

Aniston is frequently characterized as being constantly joyful. However, that is not really the case.

This sums up Jennifer Aniston’s troubled relationship with her mother, her quest to become a parent, and anything else you need to know.

Many would contend that it was obvious from the start that 53-year-old Jennifer Aniston would be a star.

Aniston’s family had a strong history in the entertainment industry when she was born on February 11th, 1969 in Sherman Oaks, California. Her mother, Nancy Dow, was a well-known actress, and her father, John Aniston, was a well-known soap opera star.

Aniston grew up mostly in New York, where everything appeared to be going well. But at age 9, something unexpected happened. Jennifer’s father abruptly exited the room, leaving his wife with Jennifer and her brother John.

Over the years, Jennifer Aniston’s relationship with her father went through ups and downs. Aniston’s father abandoned her, her brother, and her mother, but she had no ill feelings for him.

“There are people in my life that are like, ‘How do you even talk to that guy?’ But what’s the point of holding on to [anger]? That’s so toxic,” she said in 2015. “We’re human beings. Human beings make mistakes. Human beings are not perfect. And by not forgiving someone, it’s not allowing human beings to evolve and become better people.”

Jennifer Aniston is a cheerful individual who is well-liked and respected by her coworkers. Despite the fact that it is so different, she claims that is rooted in her childhood.

When Sandra Bullock interviewed Jennifer Aniston for Interview Magazine, she stated that the Friends star “really have a way of pushing joy and positivity.” She asked Jennifer, “what is it that allows you to stay buoyant and keep from getting discouraged when things don’t go the right way?”

Jennifer Aniston – early acting career

“I think that it comes from growing up in a household that was destabilized and felt unsafe, watching adults being unkind to each other, and witnessing certain things about human behavior that made me think: “I don’t want to do that, I don’t want to be that,” Aniston said.

Jennifer Aniston wanted a career as an actress as well. She attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City, where she was very active in the drama division.

Jennifer Aniston moved right to Hollywood to pursue her dream job after graduating in 1987. She appeared in many television programs at the start of her career, such as Molloy, Ferris Bueller, and The Edge, and it seemed like she was going in the right way. However, Jennifer Aniston was unaware that her most important endeavor was approaching quickly.

Jennifer Aniston was cast in the upcoming comedy Friends in 1994. Six friends lived in New York City in the show, which was a big success from the get-go.

Aniston played the pampered “Rachel,” who made the daring choice to forgo her family’s wealth and bravely move to the city to start a new life with new friends. The 236 episodes of the ten-year-long series were all filmed at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California, on the now-famous stage 24.

The finale was seen by more than 50 million Americans. Through her role, Jennifer Aniston—along with Courtney Cox as Monica, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe, Matt LeBlanc as Joey, Matthew Perry as Chandler, and David Schwimmer as Ross—became a household name.

Aniston and her co-stars received substantial salaries once Friends became a worldwide phenomenon. The Friends actors reportedly made a whopping $1 million per episode in the show’s final seasons.

Still to this day, even though it’s been 18 years since the last episode aired, the cast is said to earn about $20 million per year just for the reruns. That’s because they get two percent of the show’s syndication revenue. In addition, Netflix reportedly paid $80-$100 million just to keep the show on its platform through 2019.

When looking at the characters on Friends, they were all iconic in their own way. Aniston’s character Rachel was the one that made the most significant transition throughout the show, turning into a fashionista working at Bloomingdale’s.

Further, Friends had a massive impact from a cultural perspective, with Rachel’s haircut becoming very trendy, radio playing the theme song over and over again, and everyone trying to deliver a punch-line just like the character Chandler Bing.

Besides turning into a star, Jennifer Aniston also earned a Primetime Emmy Award in 2002 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for playing Rachel Green on Friends.

Emotional reunion in 2021

In 2003, she also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical.

Sure, Jennifer Aniston became famous all over the world, but the most important part was that she got herself five great, great friends for life.

“We really did have so much fun together,” she once told a reporter.

“I remember that was one of the things when we were young and dumb and renegotiating, one of the [studio’s] threats was, ‘Well, we don’t need all six of you. We can do this with four of you.’ We were like, ‘What? You can? You can get rid of Rachel or Joey or who?’ Then it was like, ‘No they can’t, wake up.’”

Last year, the six stars from the show reunited for the HBO Special Friends: The Reunion. Even though it was a memorable night for the cast members and fans, emotions were high. Jennifer Aniston had to step off the set several times because it became too emotional.

“I think we were just so naive walking into it, thinking, ‘How fun is this going to be? They’re putting the sets back together, exactly as they were.’ Then you get there, and it’s like, ‘Oh right, I hadn’t thought about what was going on the last time I was actually here,’” Aniston explained. “And it just took me by surprise because it was like, “Hi, past, remember me? Remember how that sucked? You thought everything was in front of you and life was going to be just gorgeous, and then you went through maybe the hardest time in your life?”

Jennifer Aniston’s complicated relationship with her mother

“It was all very jarring and, of course, you’ve got cameras everywhere, and I’m already a little emotionally accessible, I guess you could say, so I had to walk out at certain points,” she added. I don’t know how they cut around it.”

Since the end of Friends, Jennifer Aniston has had a successful career. She has acted in a number of movies, such as Horrible Bosses and Cake, and most recently, she co-starred with Reese Witherspoon in the Apple drama The Morning Show. The program received seven Emmy nominations after its debut season and took home one of them. Aniston was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series as well.

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were wed from 2000 to 2005. She married the actor Justin Theroux in 2015. But two years later, the couple decided to get divorced.

As previously discussed, Aniston had a very interesting childhood because her father abandoned the family when she was just 9 years old. But Stella, her grandmother, started to play a significant role in her life.

Jennifer Aniston has previously spoken about how her mother felt that her daughter didn’t live up to her expectations about looks and glamour, which left the Friends actress with “deep wounds.”

Nancy Dow passed away in 2016

“She was from this world of, ‘Honey, take better care of yourself,’ or ‘Honey put your face on,’ or all of those odd sound bites that I can remember from my childhood,” Aniston mentioned.

“My mom said those things because she really loved me. It wasn’t her trying to be a b***h or knowing she would be making some deep wounds that I would then spend a lot of money to undo. She did it because that was what she grew up with.”

Further, Jennifer Aniston claimed that her mother missed what was really important. Also, since she raised Jennifer and her brother John all by herself, things probably had an explanation.

“I think she was just holding on and doing the best she could, struggling financially and dealing with a husband who was no longer there,” Aniston added. “Being a single mom in the ’80s, I’m sure, was pretty crappy.”

According to Aniston, the complicated relationship between her and her mother continued, but they managed to come to terms. But in 2016, Dow passed away at 79 due to several health issues.

“It is with great sadness that my brother John and I announce the passing of our Mother Nancy Dow,” Aniston and her brother John announced in a statement. “She was 79 years old and passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends after enduring a long illness. We ask that our family’s privacy be respected as we grieve our loss.”

Jennnifer Aniston reportedly left out of her mother’s will

Jennifer Aniston was said to have paid all her mother’s medical bills during the last years of her life, despite the two not having any contact. But after Dow’s passing, it appeared that Jennifer Aniston didn’t receive anything from her will, sources claim.

According to the news site, Dow bequeathed her fortune – more than $1 million and a condo to another relative. Jennifer Aniston didn’t receive anything – and even the collection of Dow’s personal writings about her famous actress daughter was left to the other relative, In Touch Weekly reported.

“Nancy wrote down everything about Jen, and that material is now in the hands of someone who could profit from it,” the source claimed. “She was a penny-pincher, and the alimony she received from Jen’s dad, John [Aniston], was pretty much never touched.”

Jennifer Aniston hasn’t spoken out regarding the claims made by In Touch Weekly. However, when looking at the money situation, it’s clear that she will do fine. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Jennifer Aniston has a net worth of about $300 million.

Jennifer Aniston children

Jennifer Aniston has been involved in many high-profile relationships – but never became a mother or had kids of her own.

During her whole career, the 43-year-old actress has faced pregnancy speculations in the tabloids. In recent years, she has also opened up about her view on motherhood and why she never became pregnant.

“Some people are just built to be wives and have babies. I don’t know how naturally that comes to me,” Jennifer remarked

In that same interview, she explained that she wasn’t pursuing motherhood.

”I resent being made to feel ‘less than’ because my body is changing and/or I had a burger for lunch and was photographed from a weird angle and therefore deemed one of two things: ‘pregnant’ or ‘fat,’” she said.

Then, in 2022, Jennifer showed another side and opened up about her failed attempts to get pregnant. According to the superstar, she went ”through really hard sh*t” in her late 30s and 40s”.

“All the years and years and years of speculation… It was really hard. I was going through IVF, drinking Chinese teas, you name it. I was throwing everything at it,” Aniston continued:

“I would’ve given anything if someone had said to me, ‘Freeze your eggs. Do yourself a favor.’ You just don’t think it. So here I am today. The ship has sailed.”

But today, Jennifer has gotten over this challenging period in her life and moved on.

“I have zero regrets,” explained and added: “I actually feel a little relief now because there is no more, ‘Can I? Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.’ I don’t have to think about that anymore.”

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