Jennifer Aniston Slams Tabloid Lies: How “Stupid” Do They Think People Are?
Jennifer Aniston has had enough of tabloids making up stories about how miserable she supposedly is. “I think people are starting to feel like, ‘Are we that stupid?'” she tells Harper’s Bazaar. “It’s like how many times can Deidre Hall die on ‘Days of Our Lives’ and they bring her back to life? Eventually they’re going to be like, ‘Guys, she can’t do that! She can’t die and come back to life and now she’s possessed.’ Seriously. How many times can I be out there in the world, enjoying my life, and yet the narrative is ‘Poor, Sorry, Sad in Love Jen’… whatever the stupid headline is.”
In a candid interview with the magazine, Aniston declares that she doesn’t “give a sh*t” anymore when it comes to that phony narrative. She explains, “It’s the detachment from it. There was a part of me that used to get very upset. I was guilty of getting too up in arms about stuff that wasn’t real, phantom boxing with something that’s not even there. Now I’d rather just focus on people and things that are here, happening, and what’s yet to come. My friends, my family, wonderful people I work with. We know what the real is.”
One of those people is her fiancé Justin Theroux, about whom she says, “I just think it’s so attractive to be that good at so many things and to have no ego. He’s one of the most humble, decent human beings. He’s not an ass. He’s not like some of our friends who are young and up-and-coming and they hit celebrity, and all of a sudden you’re like, ‘Oh! You’re different. Now you don’t say hi to people?'”
They continue to be completely in love. “It’s almost impossible to get bored with one another,” reveals Aniston. “We’ve tried so hard! And even that’s interesting because his eyes are so pretty, but we can entertain ourselves and talk about endless things, which is pretty great.”
She’s amazed by how well he’s dealt with the media circus that follows her. “He’s just been doing it so graciously and gracefully, and it’s a strange ballpark to walk into,” explains Aniston. “He’s in his body, for sure. He’s a pretty realized person.” Oh, and he even has great taste. Aniston says, “He can buy me jeans! I’ve never had a man be able to buy me jeans.”
Aniston feels fine about being in her forties. “When am I supposed to freak out? When am I supposed to feel like, ‘Oh, my knee! Oh, ouch!’ I don’t feel any of those things! I feel like our aging marker needs to be rejiggered. I heard Halle Berry refer to her pregnancy at 47 as a ‘geriatric pregnancy,’ which is ridiculous! It’s insulting. Obviously, as women we’ve evolved.” Aniston admits, “My eyesight is sh*t, though. I already was nearsighted, but now I can’t see anything.”
But overall, life is good. “I’ve had more fun post-40 than I can remember,” Aniston tells the magazine. “From a work point of view, a physical point of view, a psychotherapeutic point of view.” Aniston has found peace with her close circle of friends and Theroux, whom she began to date after taking a hiatus from romance. “It really helped me get to a place where I was more comfortable with myself, truly ready for love and for a partner.”
Aniston thinks she’s a “forgiving” person, despite a lot of the negativity that comes her way. She explains, “I think it’s extremely important to forgive. Otherwise it just builds up like toxic waste. There’s nothing worse than holding a grudge. Listen, people can do unforgivable things, but you have to let it go and say, ‘Look, we’re all human beings. We make mistakes.’ To hold any kind of resentment is like taking rat poison and waiting for the rat to die.” That said, she jokes, “There are some people I would punch. I’d do that to a paparazzo probably.” What do you think of Aniston’s comments?