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In July, Jennifer Aniston made the surprising decision to respond to the decades of tabloid gossip about her – mainly pregnancy speculation – in a searing opinion piece titled “For The Record” published on the Huffington Post.

The Hollywood actress said she was “fed up” with the constant media reports scrutinising her personal and reproductive life and took aim at the publications perpetuating the narrative not only about herself, but all women, that “define[s] a woman’s value based on her marital and maternal status.”

Four months later, in a new interview with US Marie Claire, Jennifer has elaborated on her choice to acknowledge and respond to her portrayal in some media outlets.

“My marital status has been shamed; my divorce status was shamed; my lack of a mate had been shamed; my nipples have been shamed,” she told the magazine.

“It’s like, ‘Why are we only looking at women through this particular lens of picking us apart? Why are we listening to it?’” she continued.

“I just thought, ‘I have worked too hard in this life and this career to be whittled down to a sad, childless human.’”

The star of Office Christmas Party, a big-budget comedy film out next month, also discussed her relationship with Justin Theroux, who she married last year.

“Why is he the right person for me? All I know is that I feel completely seen, and adored, in no matter what state. There’s no part of me that I don’t feel comfortable showing, exposing. And it brings forth the best part of myself, because I care about him so much.”