Jennifer Aniston’s baby was the story of the day for most of the tabloids this morning. However, Jennifer Aniston’s team, for what seems like the hundredth time, has had to shut down false rumors about her expecting a baby.
Tabloids seemingly want Aniston to be a mother so much that they have repeatedly reported it in the past. This has forced Jennifer herself to step in several times and contradict the rumors.
This time the rumor started after the filming of the “Friends” reunion special on HBO Max. Supposedly, Aniston dropped a major bombshell on set. Gossip stated that she was adopting a baby from Mexico.
The news circulated on several European media outlets before anyone checked with Aniston’s representation. When TMZ reached out to Jennifer’s team, her representative quickly shut down the rumors.
They told the media outlet, “rumors of Jennifer Aniston being in the process of adopting a baby are ‘false and never happened'”. The Greek-American actress, who recently turned 52, seems to have been the target of another false rumor.
Jennifer Aniston Baby Rumors in the Media
Aniston’s experience with the media over the years has been frustrating at times. She often reflects how Hollywood and society at large treat childless women, especially women in their 40s and 50s.
Tabloids are quick to depict her somewhat negatively after each major breakup in her life. Though by all accounts she retains friendly relationships with exes Justin Theroux and Brad Pitt, who are still very supportive of her and even work with her, the media often presents a different narrative.
Websites are also quick to spread pregnancy rumors without confirming. Then, they paint Aniston as a “sad” childless woman when these rumors turn out to be false.
Unmarried, childless middle-aged men in Hollywood, such as Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney before his marriage, are often depicted as happy confirmed bachelors and enviable playboys. However, the story is very different for single, childless women in the industry.
Aniston Comments on the Treatment of Women in Hollywood
Jennifer herself has frequently shared her frustration with baby rumors and pregnancy guesses by the media. After keeping her silence for the first few rumors, she shared some thoughts in a 2016 essay on “The Huffington Post”.
In the beginning of her remarks, she states, “I’m fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily under the guise of ‘journalism’….The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing.”
Aniston, a vocal feminist and supporter of gender equality, also realizes the way her situation reflects the wider perception of childless women. She adds, “The sheer amount of resources being spent right now by press trying to simply uncover whether or not I am pregnant (for the bajillionth time… but who’s counting) points to the perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy if they’re not married with children.”
At the end of the day, Aniston’s point is that deciding whether to have a baby is a personal choice. Women in today’s society can be happy either way.
In her professional life, Aniston has received rave reviews for her performance in “The Morning Show”. The highly anticipated “Friends” reunion special will air on HBO Max relatively soon, though the exact date still hasn’t been announced.