Jennifer Aniston wants everyone to stop focusing on her love life: 'You’re diminishing everything I have succeeded at'

Jennifer Aniston wants the world to understand that she doesn’t need a man — and to stop projecting the 1950’s “fairy tale” onto her life. “You’re diminishing everything I have succeeded at,” the actress said in an interview with Elle published on Friday.

The 49-year-old isn’t currently coupled up and doesn’t have children, two facts she’s perfectly content with. In fact, she finds it “narrow-minded” to think marriages that end in divorce are inherently failures.

“Why do we want a happy ending? How about just a happy existence? A happy process? We’re all in process constantly,” Aniston told Elle. “What quantifies happiness in someone’s life isn’t the ideal that was created in the ’50s. It’s not like you hear that narrative about any men.”

She explained that “it’s always the woman who’s scorned and heartbroken and a spinster. It’s never the opposite.” She’s certainly been cast in that light over the course of her career, especially after ending her marriage to Brad Pitt in 2005 and splitting with Justin Theroux in 2017.

But since announcing her and Theroux’s separation, Aniston has used the opportunity to address sexist stereotypes that all women want to get married and have children. A source told People in June that, despite the public’s concerns, the actress was “very happy being single.” 

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 26: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux 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 Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on July 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 13: Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston attend the Festival Serie Mania Opening Night, at Le Grand Rex on April 13, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux seen leaving Chanel store in Paris on April 12, 2017. (Photo by Mehdi Taamallah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 11: Actor Justin Theroux and Actress Jennifer Aniston attend the 'LVxKOONS' exhibition (Louis Vuitton and Jeff Koons Collaboration) at Musee du Louvre on April 11, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 11: (L-R) Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston attend the Louis Vuitton's Dinner for the Launch of Bags by Artist Jeff Koons at Musee du Louvre on April 11, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 04: Actor Justin Theroux and actress Jennifer Aniston attend the season 3 premiere of 'The Leftovers' at Avalon Hollywood on April 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actors Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux arrive at 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 Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actors Jennifer Aniston (L) and Justin Theroux pose backstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston seen on the streets of Manhattan on September 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux step out for dinner in Manhattan on September 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 21: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux seen out on June 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are seen in Midtown on June 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux attend the 'Zoolander 2' world premiere at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. ?? LAN (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actors Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux arrive at the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actor Justin Theroux (L) and actress Jennifer Aniston attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Santa Margherita, Heineken and Proximo Spirits)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Justin Theroux, Will Forte and Jennifer Aniston attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston attend the Celebrity Charades Goes Medieval Gala 2015 at Capitale on November 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 03: Actors Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston attend HBO's 'The Leftovers' Season 2 Premiere at Paramount Theatre on October 3, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actors Justin Theroux (L) and Jennifer Aniston attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actors Justin Theroux (L) and Jennifer Aniston attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston attend the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actors Justin Theroux (L) and Jennifer Aniston attend the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Actors Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston arrive at the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actors Justin Theroux (L) and Jennifer Aniston attend the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for A&E Network)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actor Justin Theroux and actress Jennifer Aniston attend HBO's post Golden Globe Awards party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actor Justin Theroux and actress Jennifer Aniston arrive at the 16th Annual Warner Bros. And InStyle Post-Golden Globe Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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The same day the Elle interview dropped, a tabloid speculated that Aniston was pregnant with Pitt’s baby, perfectly proving her point that the media is obsessed with whether or not she’ll have kids.

“We live in a society that messages women: By this age, you should be married; by this age, you should have children,” Aniston told Elle. “That’s a fairy tale. That’s the mold we’re slowly trying to break out of.”

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