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Jennifer Aniston has hit out at ‘hurtful’ pregnancy rumours that have persisted throughout her career.
The Friends star said people assuming she had ‘chosen career over kids’ was ‘nasty’ and slammed those who speculated on whether she was going to become a mother.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Aniston said: "I used to take it all very personally - the pregnancy rumors and the whole 'Oh, she chose career over kids' assumption.
"It's like, 'You have no clue what's going with me personally, medically, why I can't … can I have kids?' They don't know anything, and it was really hurtful and just nasty."
She went on to open up about how she was treated by the media, before slating social media for allowing the general public to ‘bully people.
The 52-year-old added: "What the tabloids and the media did to people's personal lives back then, regular people are doing now [on social media]. Although I haven't seen a tabloid in so long. Am I still having twins? Am I going to be the miracle mother at 52?
"Now you've got social media. It's almost like the media handed over the sword to any Joe Schmo sitting behind a computer screen to be a troll or whatever they call them and bully people in comment sections.
“So it's just sort of changed hands in a way. And I don't know why there's such a cruel streak in society. I often wonder what they get off on."
Aniston also claimed there was a ‘double standard’ when it comes to how men are treated compared to women when it comes to settling down.
"Men can be married as many times as they want to, they can marry women in their 20s or 30s. Women aren't allowed to do that," she said.
This isn’t the first time Aniston has spoken out about fake pregnancy reports impacting her life.
Back in 2016, she addressed a current round of rumours by writing an essay for the HuffPost in which she said: "For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up."
"Here's where I come out on this topic: We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies. That decision is ours and ours alone.”
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