Jennifer Aniston has been pregnant for years. For almost a decade, tabloids and celebrity weeklies have been printing covers with headlines trumpeting the news of her impending motherhood.
But now it seems the actress has had enough.
In a lengthy article for the Huffington Post, the former friends actress has lambasted the media for publishing pregnancy rumours about her.
“For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up,” wrote Aniston.
“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,'” the actress said.
In June, Aniston’s representative put out a press release redressing reports that the 47 year-old was pregnant after an unnamed “friend” of Aniston and husband Justin Theroux was quoted as saying she was expecting.
InTouch magazine published pictures that it claimed showed Aniston had a “baby bump”.
Aniston said the constant speculation over whether she looks as though she is pregnant or simply may have eaten too much “reflects the warped way we calculate a woman’s worth.”
This constant paparazzi coverage contributes to a “dehumanising view of females, focused solely on one’s physical appearance,” said the actress, who said she finds herself being congratulated on her fictional pregnancies up to 12 times a day.
“Yes, I may become a mother some day, and since I’m laying it all out there, if I ever do, I will be the first to let you know. But I’m not in pursuit of motherhood because I feel incomplete in some way, as our celebrity news culture would lead us all to believe,” she said.
“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.”