Jennifer Aniston has been the victim of tabloid fodder for decades, and now she's fighting back.
From her dating life through Friends to her relationships with Brad Pitt and Justin Theroux to the ever-present pregnancy rumors, Aniston's life has been in the public spotlight for a very long time thanks to tabloid publications. Whether these reports have been true or not (usually not), she has been one of the biggest subjects written about in entertainment journalism.
Now, Aniston is voicing her own opinion. The actress appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week and spoke freely about how she is "fed up" with the false reports and the swarm of paparazzi - particularly those who keep trying to suggest she's pregnant.
"I'm fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily under the guise of 'journalism,' the 'First Amendment' and 'celebrity news,'" she explained to host Ellen DeGeneres.
"I think these tabloids, all of us, need to take responsibility on what we ingest into our brains. Just because we are women, we have a uterus, we have a vagina, we have ovaries, we need to like, 'Get to work, lady,'" Aniston said. "We, as women, do a lot of incredible things in this world other than just procreate - and not that that is not [incredible too]. But it's like, we just get boxed in."
Aniston spoke on how these tabloids "love the narrative" of her being jealous or depressed or "oh my gosh, she's never going to have a child. Whatever the horrible little headline is, we've just got to break out of that."
The actress observed that often, the writers of these articles tend to be women, noting that women need to be more supportive of each other.
"We have to stop listening to them, we have to stop buying them because we have to support each other, especially at this time, to love each other, to support, and to be proud of women whatever your choice is in life," she said. "It's up to us what makes us happy and fulfilled."