In July, Jennifer Aniston wrote a powerful op-ed for Huffington Post condemning the pregnancy rumors that constantly appear on the cover of tabloid magazines.
"For the record, I am not pregnant," she wrote. "What I am is fed up. I'm fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily under the guise of 'journalism,' the 'First Amendment,' and 'celebrity news'."
Now, almost five months later, Aniston is not backing down from her message.
During an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the actress gave some insight into what went into publishing her essay. Aniston told DeGeneres she initially wrote it just for herself with no plans to publish.
"You know how we kind of write and don't necessarily send it? Or at least when I was a kid I did that. And yeah, I kind of hit a wall," she said.
Aniston told DeGeneres she felt "pretty raw" following the death of her mother in May. She and her husband Justin Theroux went on vacation to unwind but when they returned Aniston says they were "mobbed" by paparrazi, "like a scary kind of mob".
"I kept thinking, 'Is Kim Kardashian behind me or something? This is very strange'," she said. "And then it turns out that another wonderful photograph, which I've had to sort of live with for the last 10 to 15 years: a picture of me with a bump and a circle around my stomach with an arrow pointing to it. Just in this sort of kind of objectifying way."
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After dealing with these types of photos and these types of stories for so long, Aniston says she finally had had enough.
"I was just fed up with it and I think these tabloids, all of us, need to take responsibility on what we ingest into our brains," Aniston said. "Just because we are women, we have a uterus, we have a vagina, we have ovaries, we need to like, 'Get to work, lady'."
Aniston explained that there are many ways women can be successful and that childbirth doesn't have to be the be all, end all, achievement in a woman's life.