Jennifer Aniston has surprised a lot of people by saying she thinks both her marriages were victories. And yes, that includes her first marriage to Brad Pitt whom she famously divorced over his affair with Mr and Mrs Smith co-star Angelina Jolie. In 2015, Aniston married longtime lover Justin Theroux. The couple were married for two years.

“My marriages, they’ve been very successful, in [my] personal opinion,” Aniston told Elle US. “And when they came to an end, it was a choice that was made because we chose to be happy, and sometimes happiness didn’t exist within that arrangement anymore.”

Actor Brad Pitt and actress Jennifer Aniston attend the 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 12, 1999 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

“Sure, there were bumps, and not every moment felt fantastic, obviously, but at the end of it, this is our one life and I would not stay in a situation out of fear,” The Dumplin’ star, 49, continued. “Fear of being alone. Fear of not being able to survive. To stay in a marriage based on fear feels like you’re doing your one life a disservice. When the work has been put in and it doesn’t seem that there’s an option of it working, that’s okay. That’s not a failure.”

For decades, Aniston has been the centre of tabloid fodder with so many reporting, retracting and fueling rumours of her pregnancy. The actress said the focus on her relationship and personal life took away from her career achievements. “You’re diminishing everything I have succeeded at, and that I have built and created,” she said. “It’s such a shallow lens that people look through. It’s the only place to point a finger at me as though it’s my damage — like it’s some sort of a scarlet letter on me that I haven’t yet procreated, or maybe won’t ever procreate.”

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 26: Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston 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 Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)