But the circumstances of their split — which happened 11 years ago, more than double the length the marriage lasted — have apparently caused Aniston to be forever linked to Pitt and Angelina Jolie. There was intense speculation that Pitt and Jolie began their romance in 2004 on the set “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” while he was still a married man.
Two camps emerged, Team Aniston and Team Angelina, which, sadly, do not refer to the actresses’ respective philanthropic causes. There were even T-shirts sold for ordinary Americans to proclaim their affiliation.
Pitt and Jolie were constantly invoked whenever new developments about Aniston’s love life arose, including when she announced her engagement to this man:
Aniston met Justin Theroux around 2011 and the pair married last year. The actress has called married life “normal and fun,” which is interesting given that, according to celebrity gossip coverage, she has been eternally pregnant.
Aniston responded to the incessant chatter about whether she will procreate, writing in the Huffington Post in July that she was “fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming” of tabloid coverage.
“This past month in particular has illuminated for me how much we define a woman’s value based on her marital and maternal status,” she wrote. “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.”
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. Let’s make that decision for ourselves and for the young women in this world who look to us as examples. Let’s make that decision consciously, outside of the tabloid noise. We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own “happily ever after” for ourselves.
In a 2015 interview with the Hollywood Reporter — a full 10 years after her divorce — Aniston said that she and Pitt wished “nothing but wonderful things for each other.”
“Nobody did anything wrong. You know what I mean? It was just like, sometimes things [happen],” she said, then throwing her hands up in exasperation, according to the outlet. “If the world only could just stop with the stupid, soap-opera bulls—. There’s no story. I mean, at this point it’s starting to become — please, give more credit to these human beings.”