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By Jitin Gambhir

Relationships are ‘challenge’ because of parents

Jennifer Aniston acknowledges that she still has room for growth in her relationships. While she excels in all other aspects of her life, the “Morning Show” actress revealed in an interview with WSJ. Magazine that her love life is somewhat lacking. Aniston attributes this challenge to her parents’ relationship, which was not a positive example for her. Growing up, she witnessed her parents, Nancy Dow and John Aniston, go through a difficult divorce, which made her hesitant about pursuing relationships. She felt alone and didn’t want to compromise her own identity and needs. Unfortunately, her parents didn’t provide her with the necessary guidance and training in love.

For Jennifer, being alone felt easier than navigating the complexities of a relationship. She didn’t have the experience of give-and-take that comes with being in a partnership. Even now, she admits that relationships continue to be a challenge for her. Despite being successful in her career, she struggles with expressing her needs and wants in a relationship.

Jennifer has been married twice. Her first marriage was to Brad Pitt from 2000 to 2005. However, she finds solace in being single, as it feels more comfortable for her. In 2015, she married Justin Theroux, and although they divorced in 2018, they remain on good terms. They may not communicate every day, but they still reach out to each other through phone calls, FaceTime, and texts.

It’s important to note that Jennifer considers both of her marriages as successful, despite their endings. She believes that happiness should be the ultimate goal, and if a relationship no longer brings happiness, it’s better to make the choice to move on. She refuses to stay in a situation out of fear, as it would only lead to a life of dissatisfaction.

In a lighthearted remark, Jennifer joked in her latest interview with WSJ. Magazine that her dog is her current sleeping companion.

Jennifer Aniston has room to grow in her relationships.

While she is “really good at every other job,” the “Morning Show” star admitted to WSJ. Magazine in an interview published Tuesday that her love life is “sort of the one area that’s a little [lacking].”

Aniston credited this “challenge” to her parents’ dynamic.

“Watching my family’s relationship didn’t make me kind of go, ‘Oh, I can’t wait to do that,’” the “Friends” star, 54, said of mom Nancy Dow and dad John Aniston, who divorced during her childhood.

“It was always a little bit difficult for me in relationships, I think, because I really was kind of alone,” she recalled. “I didn’t like the idea of sacrificing who you were or what you needed, so I didn’t really know how to do that.”


Jennifer Aniston, John Aniston and Nancy Dow
John Aniston and Nancy Dow didn’t give the actress “any real training” in love.

Jennifer continued, “It was almost easier to just be kind of solo. So I didn’t have any real training in that give-and-take.”

The actress, who is working on “not being afraid to say what you need and what you want,” added, “It’s still a challenge for me in a relationship.”

Jennifer has been married two times, first to Brad Pitt from 2000 to 2005.

Jennifer Aniston
The “Friends” star finds being “solo … easier.”
Gray Sorrenti for WSJ. Magazine

Jennifer Aniston
Aniston told WSJ. Magazine that she is “really good at every other job,” love life aside.
Gray Sorrenti for WSJ. Magazine

Jennifer Aniston
Relationships are “still a challenge” for the “Morning Show” star.
Gray Sorrenti for WSJ. Magazine

In 2015, she wed Justin Theroux — and the former couple have remained amicable since their 2018 split.

While the duo don’t “talk every day” anymore, the “Leftovers” alum told Esquire in April 2021 that they do “call each other,” FaceTime and text.

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Jennifer clarified in a December 2018 interview with Elle that she personally views her marriages to Pitt, 59, and Theroux, 52, as “very successful” ones.

Brad Pitt and Justin Theroux
Aniston was previously married to Brad Pitt and Justin Theroux.
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Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux
She has called her unions “very successful.”

“When they came to an end, it was a choice that was made because we chose to be happy, and sometimes happiness doesn’t exist within that arrangement anymore,” the Emmy winner explained.

Jennifer added that she “would not stay in a situation out of fear” as that would lead her to a “life of disservice.”

The Golden Globe winner joked in her new WSJ. Magazine interview that she is only “sleeping with” her dog these days.

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