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Jennifer Aniston’s Choice To Not Have Children With Brad Pitt Is Not The Reason Their Marriage Failed

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Jennifer Aniston’s Choice To Not Have Children With Brad Pitt Is Not The Reason Their Marriage Failed

If Brad Pitt supported Jennifer Aniston’s choice to not become a mother, then what was the real reason he left her?

It’s been over fifteen years, and audiences are still stuck deciphering the Jennifer Aniston-Brad Pitt- Angelina Jolie debacle.

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The consensus is that Brad Pitt couldn’t resist Angelina Jolie’s feminine wiles on the set of their 2005 film Mr. and Mrs. Smith, so he quickly abandoned Aniston for the younger, more sensual Jolie. Underpinning this theory is the widespread belief that Angelina offered something Jennifer didn’t: the opportunity to have children.

None of the parties have confirmed anything, but because Jennifer Aniston is a rare 40+ actress without a child, people have shamelessly peddled rumors about her desire to become a mother and how this may have essentially splintered her five-year marriage with Brad. Never mind that Brad is universally believed to have had an extramarital affair with Angelina, let’s center the controversy around a woman’s choice, or supposed lack thereof, of building a family — even though we have no proof supporting our conjecture.

It’s high time we break down this commonly held assumption and dig deeper into Brad and Jennifer’s attitudes regarding parenting.

Jennifer has always wanted to be a mother: “I did, and I do and I will!”
Just because a woman doesn’t fancy welcoming a baby, does this mean she’s completely worthless as an individual and her male partner has every right in the world to cast her aside?

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For starters, Jennifer Aniston has never been opposed to having children, so the public running away with this narrative is nothing short of devious. You’re basically looking for any odd excuse to attribute fault to the woman rather than examine the man at the centre of the whole fiasco. Brad’s actions directly catalyzed the entire chain of events, so deliberately blaming Jennifer does nothing but quench the masses’ thirst for vilifying women. In a revealing profile on Vanity Fair a year after her divorce, Jennifer reaffirmed her yearning to experience motherhood.

I’ve never in my life said I didn’t want to have children. I did and I do and I will!

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The Friends star outlined the double standard associated with singling out her childless status to perpetuate a myth. She was only in her mid-thirties at the time, so it seems even more bizarre in hindsight that the public would lambast their beloved Rachel for focusing on her profession. “A man divorcing would never be accused of choosing career over children,” she said. She added how she’s always modeled her life on women who can balance their work with family, those who can seemingly “have it all.” She doesn’t want to limit herself in the least and would “ never give up” her family for a career.

Nonetheless, she ended up on the receiving end of a ferociously rumor mill. The public was desperate to identify an inciting cause to the split, so they chose to pile on her without fear of consequence. Nobody asked whether Brad wanted children or if the couple were emotionally ready for the responsibility.

In fact, a mutual friend told Vanity Fair that Brad, not Jennifer, was the one uncertain about parenthood. “When Brad and Jen were in the marriage, having a baby was not his priority—ever,” they told the mag. It was more of an “abstract desire” for him but an “immediate” concern for Jennifer. The actress, upon completing the final season of Friends in 2004, even told The Guardian she’s ready to explore maternity quite soon. “It’s time. You know, I think you can work with a baby” she said at the time. “So I’m just truly looking forward to slowing down.”

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So why did Brad decide to abandon her in favor of raising a family with Angelina?
If Brad was so hesitant at the time, why did he pursue the strenuous task of raising six children with Angelina Jolie?

According to sources, his journey into being a dad wasn’t so much an active decision but a natural byproduct of being in a relationship with Angelina. She’d been a single mother to son Maddox and was in the process of adopting her second child when she fell in love with Brad. That’s why he instinctively decided to step up to the plate and undertake the responsibilities of a father. If you’re dating a single parent, you’ll realize it’s next to impossible not to get attached to their child. They quickly become your family, and you can’t help but become a hands-on figure in the children’s lives. If that’s what truly happened with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, it’s no surprise why he decided to embrace the parenting adventure with arms wide open.

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Obviously, we can’t confirm if this is what occurred, but looping back to Jennifer, this alleged account does explain why Brad seemed so willing to devote himself to parenthood with Angelina but not Jennifer. Nevertheless, it doesn’t explain why Jennifer Aniston faced the brunt of the abuse in the wake of the divorce announcement.

There is a pressure on women to be mothers, and if they are not, then they’re deemed damaged goods. Maybe my purpose on this planet isn’t to procreate. Maybe I have other things I’m supposed to do?

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She and Brad made a wonderful pair and undoubtedly bonded over a number of interests and passions, so does she automatically become a bad wife if she doesn’t have a child as quickly as she can? Is a woman denying her husband happiness if she chooses not give him a baby? Is her entire worth based on her decision to bring life into the planet and continue her husband’s bloodline?

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Of course not, but that’s precisely how Jennifer has been positioned over the last sixteen years. Her choosing not to get pregnant has been cited as the number-one reason as to why their marriage failed, but shouldn’t a partnership be valued for more than its capacity for childrearing? Do you fall in love only to produce offspring, or do you actually want to achieve fulfillment and meaning and companionship?

Brad did the whole song and dance with Angelina: they welcomed six children — three adopted, three biological — they walked down the aisle, she changed her last name. They did everything a traditional couple would, but did it protect their marriage? Not at all; instead, they’re entrenched in a nasty custody battle at the moment that’s exposing the worst of a 12-year partnership. Having a baby isn’t going to “save” your relationship; sure, it can enrich your relationship and enable you and your partner to take upon new challenges, but will it make you happy? There’s no way of guaranteeing that.

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There’s more to love than raising a family
Jennifer has been unjustifiably maligned in the lengthy Jen-Brad-Ang saga. Just because she dares to live as a childless, husband-less woman in her fifties, she’s immediately characterized as a mean spinster who’s never going to find someone to settle down with. The truth of the matter is that you shouldn’t pursue a relationship seriously if you aren’t in the same page regarding children. This decision can be a dealbreaker, so if you and your partner are of two minds about this, it’s better to go your separate ways — as tough as it may sound.

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There’s no confirming what transcended between Jennifer and Brad — who wanted kids, who didn’t want kids, why did they wait so long — but she shouldn’t be deemed an unsuitable wife under any circumstance. Just because she didn’t pop out a few babies for Brad doesn’t mean her personality and companionship weren’t enough to sustain their marriage. Marriage and parenthood are two disparate entities, and you shouldn’t make the mistake of conflating them. Being a good wife is not synonymous with being a good mother, and vice versa. You are more than your ability to reproduce; before you venture into parenthood, consider your other qualities and ask yourself whether you need to work on yourself before devoting yourself to such an ordeal. If you believe you don’t need to add a few young ones to feel worthy, that’s a fair choice.

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Grimes confirms she’s still living with Elon Musk amid break-up reports

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Grimes confirms she's still living with Elon Musk amid break-up reports

It may be the end of the road for their three-year-long relationship, but singer Grimes is still living with billionaire ex-boyfriend Elon Musk.

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According to last month’s Page Six report, Musk had shared with the celebrity news portal that he and Grimes are “semi-separated.” Citing distance as the primary cause for their split, he confirmed that they are still in love with each other and on great terms.

“We are semi-separated but still love each other, see each other frequently ..

Soon after the reports, the 33-year-old Canadian songwriter said the paparazzi have been chasing her the entire week. “I was really stressed when paparazzi wouldn’t stop following me this week,” she wrote on Instagram on Sunday.

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After a stressful week, Grimes decided to pull a prank on the paparazzi. Dressed in a brown intergalactic outfit with a matching hooded jacket, she posed with Karl Marx’s ‘Communist Manifesto’ in Los Angeles on Friday.

Her choice of the book confused many, and the pictures started doing rounds on social media.

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She further clarified that she isn’t a communist despite “smart ideas in the book.”

“Personally, I’m more interested in a radical Decentralized Universal Basic ..

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Mickelson’s wife recalls last year’s dramatic Masters

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Mickelson’s wife recalls last year’s dramatic Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Phil Mickelson waited at the bottom of the ninth fairway for the green to clear when he looked over to his left and broke into a big smile. He touched two fingers to his eyes, then pointed them toward a blond woman in a royal blue dress.

Amy Mickelson laughed and waved back.

“I can’t believe how much I’ve missed this place,” she said Friday.

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Her time at the Masters last year was short, yet sweeter than ever. On a golf course for the first time since being diagnosed with breast cancer 11 months earlier, she came out to the 18th green to watch her husband make one last birdie to win a third green jacket.

Their embrace outside the scoring hut provided one of the most compelling images of the Masters.

This year has been just as enjoyable, even as Mickelson squandered several good birdie chances and had to settle for a 72, leaving him well behind in his pursuit of another win.

She feels good enough, strong enough, to be back amid the beauty of Augusta National. She walked 18 holes while being constantly interrupted by fans who welcomed her back, wished her the best or just wanted to say they were thinking of her.

“We love this place,” she said. “This place has been a part of some of the most special days of our lives. And it feels normal to be back, which is even better. I’m trying not focus on how I feel, because I still have some ups and downs. But when I look back to year ago and see how far I’ve come, it’s just tremendous.”

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She spent all week last year in Augusta, but rarely left the house.

Even so, Mickelson felt at peace having his wife and three children with him at the Masters. He took one or more of his kids to breakfast and played board games before it was time to go to the course. His wife stayed home with Jennifer Mackay, one of her best friends and the wife of caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay.

They were watching the final round when Mickelson, leading by one shot, put his tee shot into the Georgia pines to the right of the fairway on the par-5 13th. Then came the signature shot of last year’s Masters – Mickelson going for the green from the pine straw, through a gap in the trees, the ball barely clearing Rae’s Creek and settling 4 feet away.

“That’s kind of when we knew we could probably come out to the course,” she said.

“Phil loves to share moments like that.”

The only other tournament she attended this year was the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, a short drive from their home. That was his best event of the year until he won last week at the Houston Open.

Asked about seeing his wife in the gallery at the Masters for the first time in two years, Mickelson nodded toward the clubhouse and said with a smile, “Yeah, I’m going to go up and have lunch with her.

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“It’s fun having her out here,” he said. “We’re in such a much better place.

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“You can tell she’s doing so much better, and we’re really, really happy about where we’re at.”

That goes for the entire family.

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Elin Nordegren Approves of Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn, Gives Them Her Blessing

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Elin Nordegren Approves of Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn, Gives Them Her Blessing

Closure is a precious commodity in past romances. No amount of money can buy it—something Tiger Woods knows all too well.

Time heals all things, however, and it would appear enough time has passed for Elin Nordegren, Woods’ Swedish ex-wife and former model, to feel comfortable saying she’s happy for her ex-husband and his relationship.

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According to the New York Post, Nordegren has given her blessing to Woods and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn.

Woods and Vonn began dating after meeting at a charity event in 2012, and according to the Post’s sources, his ex-wife approves. The reason? Vonn is reining Nordegren’s ex-husband in and bringing out the best in him.

Nordegren hasn’t gone on record with her approval, but sources say she “thinks [Vonn] is a very good influence on Tiger.” Reports also indicate Nordegren believes “[Woods] seems happy with [Vonn], and [Vonn] gets along well with their children.”

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Woods and Nordegren’s marriage ended after the golfer’s history of extramarital affairs came to light in 2009. Their separation ended in an expensive divorce, with Nordegren reportedly receiving $100 million in a settlement, as noted by the Post.

Life after Tiger hasn’t been rough for Nordegren, who has spent her time building a new home in North Palm Beach next door to her new boyfriend, billionaire coal magnate Chris Cline.

Both have moved on, and Nordegren’s sentiments—while reportedly secondhand—are likely comforting to Woods, who is finally finding his swing again.

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As the second day of British Open begins, Woods is two under par and chasing tournament leader Zach Johnson.

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What better way to wrap up a week of closure than a return to major-winning form?

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Why Jennifer Aniston-Brad Pitt Are Trending After The F.R.I.E.N.D.S Reunion

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Why Jennifer Aniston-Brad Pitt Are Trending After The F.R.I.E.N.D.S Reunion

New Delhi: Brad Pitt might not have been present at the F.R.I.E.N.D.S Reunion but his name surely did pop up during the conversation. There’s no way, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston go unnoticed, especially with so much history around. Well, the actor was one of the guest stars in the 8th season of the sitcom, in which he starred as the Rachel Green (and carbohydrates)-averse Will Colbert in an episode. Enough about the past, back to 2021 – during the reunion, Jennifer’s co-star and love interest (read her lobster) on F.R.I.E.N.D.S, David Schwimmer, talking about all the famous guest appearances, said, “And your fella, Brad,” to which Jennifer Aniston replied, “Pitt came and did one.”
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History is proof that Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt always manage to make it to the trends list. Last year, Brad Pitt stopped everything and waited up backstage to watch Jennifer’s acceptance speech at the SAG Awards. Also, during the Golden Globes last year, Brad and Jennifer trended big time for the actress’ reaction to Brad Pitt’s acceptance speech after he won the Best Supporting actor award. During his speech, Brad said that he wanted to get his mother with him during the awards but he decided not to and said, “I wanted to bring my mom, but everyone I sit next to they say I’m dating.” Jennifer Aniston chuckled at his statement.

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston got married in 2000 and divorced in 2005. Brad Pitt later married Angelina Jolie in 2014 while Jennifer Aniston married Justin Theroux in 2015. Jennifer and Justin separated in 2017 after two years of marriage. Brad and Angelina, who have six children, separated in 2016.

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Texans’ Jonathan Owens ‘sick’ watching girlfriend Simone Biles struggle during Tokyo Olympics

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Texans' Jonathan Owens 'sick' watching girlfriend Simone Biles struggle during Tokyo Olympics

Simone Biles’ boyfriend, Jonathan Owens, knows a thing or two about the pressure that comes with being an elite athlete. Owens is a safety for the Houston Texans, but he acknowledges he doesn’t understand the pressure Biles felt.

“It was hard for me to really understand what she was going through because I’m not on that stage and dealing with those pressures and everything, but I just try to be as understanding as possible,” Owens told reporters Thursday.

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When Owens saw Biles walk off a rough first vault in the gymnastics team final on July 27 and immediately talk to her coach, he said he felt sick to his stomach.

“I was sick for her, just because I can see her face, I kind of know her facial expressions, I can kind of read her lips and kind of know what was going on and kind of what she was telling her coach,” Owens said. “I kind of knew what was going on beforehand so I was just really hoping she was going to get over it and be able to go out there and perform,” Owens continued. “So I was sick to my stomach because she wasn’t able to go out there.”

Houston Texans defensive back Jonathan Owens, pictured here during practice on Saturday, July 31, 2021, spoke out about watching girlfriend Simone Biles struggle during the Olympics.
Biles withdrew from the team finals and all event finals except for the balance beam, in which she earned a bronze medal. In the week following her early exit from the team final, Biles shared her struggle with experiencing the “twisties” and said that the pressure of expectations at the Olympics had impacted her mental health leading up to the Games.

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“That was really hard. I trained my whole life, I was physically ready, I was fine. And then this happens,” Biles said about struggling with the “twisties.” “It was something that was so out of my control. But the outcome I had, at the end of the day, my mental and physical health is better than any medal.”

Simone Biles poses for photographs after winning the bronze medal on beam during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre.
Gymnasts and other athletes applauded Biles for putting her mental and physical health above the competition. John Lee, father of all-around gold medalist Suni Lee, thanked Biles for what she gave to his family.

“I want to tell Simone that she truly is the GOAT (greatest of all time),” John Lee said to NBC. “But she let my baby girl bring me a gold medal.”

Part of Biles’ legacy will also include how she stepped away from the sport on its biggest stage to preserve her mental and physical health. That’s something Owens, like most of the gymnastics world, is proud of.

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“I was proud of her,” Owens said. “Just to be able to overcome what was going on. She kind of altered her beam routine, but I was just happy for her.”

Contact Alyssa Hertel at ahertel@usatoday.com or on Twitter @AlyssaHertel.

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