Jennifer Aniston calls out 'misconceptions' that she 'can't keep a man'

Jennifer Aniston is setting the record straight.

The 49-year-old actress covers InStyle's September issue, where she opens up to Jimmy Kimmel's wife and her friend, Molly McNearney, about false rumors, her love life and why she stays off social media. The former Friends star -- who called it quits with her estranged husband, Justin Theroux, in February -- says she constantly hears made-up stories about herself, but she's learned to ignore them for the most part. 

"There are definitely moments of not being balanced and poised, but I do that all in my own personal space," she notes. "For the most part I can sit back and laugh at the ridiculous headlines because they have gotten more and more absurd. I guess they’re feeding into some sort of need the public has, but I focus on my work, my friends, my animals, and how we can make the world a better place. That other stuff is junk food that needs to go back in its drawer."

While she seems to have a pretty zen-like attitude when it comes to the constant press surrounding her personal life, Aniston isn't totally unfazed by what the public falsely assumes. 

"The misconceptions are 'Jen can’t keep a man,' and 'Jen refuses to have a baby because she’s selfish and committed to her career.' Or that I’m sad and heartbroken," she says. "First, with all due respect, I’m not heartbroken. And second, those are reckless assumptions. No one knows what’s going on behind closed doors. No one considers how sensitive that might be for my partner and me. They don’t know what I’ve been through medically or emotionally. There is a pressure on women to be mothers, and if they are not, then they’re deemed damaged goods. Maybe my purpose on this planet isn’t to procreate. Maybe I have other things I’m supposed to do?"

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The comments about motherhood and failed relationships are something that's plagued the Horrible Bosses star for years, and, for Aniston, it feels like another form of sexism.

"I’ve definitely had my fair share of sexism in the media. Women are picked apart and pitted against one another based on looks and clothing and superficial stuff," she confides. "When a couple breaks up in Hollywood, it’s the woman who is scorned. The woman is left sad and alone. She’s the failure. F that. When was the last time you read about a divorced, childless man referred to as a spinster?"

In light of the Time's Up and #MeToo movements, many celebrities have come forward to share their experiences with sexual harassment in the workplace. While Aniston says she's had "some sloppy moves" made on her by other actors, she adds that she's "never had anyone in a position of power make me feel uncomfortable and leverage that over me."

"I’ve been treated worse verbally and energetically by some women in this industry," Aniston says.

"We... need to be better at listening to one another. That includes men. They need to be part of this conversation. When everyone is mad and aggressive, people become too afraid to speak and there is no conversation," she continues, noting that a necessary change needs to be made in the entertainment industry. "Same goes for politics. We need to include each other, to hear each other out. We can’t stoop to the anger. Michelle Obama said it best: 'When they go low, we go high.' We should all be living by that if we want real progress."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 22: Jennifer Aniston attends the 2018 InStyle Awards at The Getty Center on October 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 22: Jennifer Aniston attends the 2018 InStyle Awards at The Getty Center on October 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 22: Jennifer Aniston arrives at the 2018 InStyle Awards at The Getty Center on October 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Jennifer Aniston and Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos attend Ted Sarandos' 2018 Annual Netflix Emmy Nominee Toast on September 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Netflix)
COMO, ITALY - JULY 30: Jennifer Aniston is seen on set filming 'Murder Mystery' on July 30, 2018 in Como, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 07: Actress Jennifer Aniston arrives at the American Film Institute's 46th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to George Clooney on June 7, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 07: Jennifer Aniston attends 46th AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute on June 7, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 07: Courteney Cox (L) and Jennifer Aniston speak onstage during the American Film Institute's 46th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to George Clooney at Dolby Theatre on June 7, 2018 in Hollywood, California. 288523 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Turner)
MALIBU, CA - JUNE 02: Jennifer Aniston attends the CHANEL Dinner Celebrating Our Majestic Oceans, A Benefit For NRDC on June 2, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - JUNE 02: Jennifer Aniston (L) and Courtney Cox attend the CHANEL Dinner Celebrating Our Majestic Oceans, A Benefit For NRDC on June 2, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - APRIL 19: Actress Jennifer Aniston attends WE Day California at The Forum on April 19, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Actress Jennifer Aniston speaks on stage at the WE Day California at The Forum, in Inglewood, California, on April 19, 2018. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: In this handout photo provided by Netflix, Jennifer Aniston and Netflix Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos attend the Netflix Golden Globes after party at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Netflix via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Presenters Carol Burnett and Jennifer Aniston onstage during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 07: Jennifer Meyer and Jennifer Aniston attend Gilt.com, Jennifer Meyer & Jenna Dewan Tatum Launch Exclusive Jewelry Collection Benefitting Baby2Baby at Sunset Tower Hotel on December 7, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Gilt.com)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 26: Actress Jennifer Aniston attends the ceremony honoring Jason Bateman with Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 26: Will Arnett and Jennifer Aniston attend the ceremony honoring Jason Bateman with Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on July 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 26: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux attend the ceremony honoring Jason Bateman with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on July 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Jennifer Aniston attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
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Aniston admits that sometimes she considers getting out of Hollywood.

"There have been moments when I would just love to get out of dodge and move to Switzerland — or somewhere — and start anew. Just have this sh*t behind me. Does it really matter? Are we really doing anything? What is my life’s purpose?" she ponders. "Every seven years I try to sum up what I am doing and what I want to make my focus. I’m trying to make better choices. I went through a period of saying yes to projects that I shouldn’t have, but I felt like, 'How dare I say no?' Now I’m trying to get better at saying no and to be a part of projects that actually, really matter..."

The actress confesses that she wasn't always this self-assured. 

"I was one of the kids who the others would decide to make fun of. It was an odd period of time during fifth, sixth, seventh grades. I was a little on the chubby side, so I was just that kid," she recalls. "Childhood is such a vulnerable time, and I’m sure a part of me believed all that they teased me about. Thankfully, I didn’t have a phone or social media to look at and think, 'Oh, I’m not this, I’m not that.' I just wanted to have fun and play capture the flag."

To this day, Aniston is not on social media, largely because she sees how it affects people. "It feels like we are losing connection. I think we’re losing conversation," she says. "... I think iPhones and Snapchat and all this stuff is just fueling narcissism. People are using filters and all sorts of tools to mask who they really are."

Despite it all -- the rumors, the misconceptions, the sexism, the scrutiny -- Aniston isn't done just yet. 

"I’m grateful as long as people still want me to come to the party. I think I’ll always want to keep acting as long as there’s a desire for me to do it," she says. "As long as I’m fulfilled in other ways creatively, spiritually, and all of that stuff, I know that I could do this until they put me in a home."

Currently, Aniston is filming a Netflix movie in Italy with Adam Sandler.

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Promotional portrait of American actor Jennifer Aniston for the television series, 'Friends,' c. 1995. (photo by NBC Television/Getty Images)
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston at the premiere of 'The Mexican' at the National Theater in Los Angeles, Ca. 2/23/01. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images).
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston at the premiere of 'Rock Star' at the Mann Village Theater in Los Angeles, Ca. 9/4/01. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actress Jennifer Aniston attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles,California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SANTA BARBARA, CA - JANUARY 30: Actress Jennifer Aniston attends the Montecito Award honoring Jennifer Aniston at the Arlington Theater at the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival on January 30, 2015 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for The Santa Barbara International Film Festival)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Jennifer Aniston and Emma Stone attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux arrive to the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California on February 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ (Photo credit should read ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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