What Exactly About Jennifer Aniston Says ‘Sad Sack’?

I’m not a big Jennifer Aniston fan, but even I take issue with the tabloid-narrative of her career. The 90s icon and The Good Girl star granted has made quite a few questionable films in recent years — all of the romantic comedy variety in which she’s made to wear a tight dress and make awkward faces into the camera. But since her career has taken a turn for perhaps more lighter roles, magazines and gossip sites have become obsessed with feeling sorry for her, specifically because she doesn’t have a baby or a husband.

Being the ex-wife to Brad Pitt hasn’t helped matters, as Us magazine often reminds us how “blissed out” Brad is with Angelina Jolie and all those kiddies. Meanwhile Gawker ran a headline last year claiming that read “Lonely Jennifer Aniston Begs Her Way Into Another Man’s Life.” This story from Dlisted.com is entitled “Jennifer Aniston Warms Her Lonely And Sad Womb.”

In pictures that turned up recently of Jennifer and new boyfriend Justin Theroux, OK! magazine speculates that they look like engagement photos — just because she happens to be hugging her boyfriend in a series of black and white shots:

In a new photo shoot with celebrity photographer Terry Richardson, the hot couple embraces on a NYC rooftop, radiating warmth and emotion in four frame-worthy pictures that remind us of professional engagement photos!

The magazine speculates further whether this will finally be “the one” for Jennifer:

What do you think… has Jen finally found her match?

Jennifer is more than aware of the constant pity from the press and the universal assumption that she spends her evenings eating ice cream and crying over saved voicemails from Brad. People magazine ran a cover story earlier this year  in which the headline read “Jennifer Aniston Swears: ‘I”m Happy!”

In February of this year, Jen was pretty up front about the fact she hadn’t dated anyone in over a year and wasn’t adopting any babies at the moment. She also pointed out that fans and the press alike are fixated on her getting married. She told US:

“I think people honestly just want to see me as a mom and married and barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen,” the actress says. “And I just want to say, ‘Everybody, relax! It’s going to happen.’ “

Personally, I don’t understand why everyone is so preoccupied with seeing the conventionally gorgeous 42-year-old waddle around in Lululemons à la Jennifer Garner. She’s a busy lady with a demanding career and a very envied figure, and yet all anybody asks her is whether she’s serious about whoever she is dating or when she’s starting a family. Obviously, Jennifer is throwing gasoline on the fire by assuring readers that “It’s going to happen.” But since splitting from Brad, every solo red carpet appearance or lone Starbucks run results in another headline in which Jennifer is “sad” or “lonely.”

Since going public with her new beau, Jennifer Aniston now walks the streets of New York “beaming” according to PopSugar who wrote this headline: “Jennifer Aniston’s Still Beaming Following Five’s Premiere and Her Sweet Photo Shoot With Justin.” Had the Friends star been single when these photographs surfaced of her walking alone, they surely would have read “Jennifer Aniston Regrets Every Life Choice She’s Ever Made” Or “Jennifer Aniston Purposelessly Wanders NYC In Search Of Man To Date.”

The constant comparisons to mother of six Angelina Jolie doesn’t help either what with her glowing maternal Vanity Fair spread and new screenplay she’s managed to write. But frankly, isn’t Jennifer Aniston the more enviable one among mothers? Isn’t she the one some mommies look at and wish they could be? She’s in her 40s, successful, obviously has enough time to go the gym, has romantic coffee dates, and doesn’t have six little ones tugging on her skirt when she gets home.

(photo: WENN)

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    • Eileen

      I don’t think Jennifer Aniston’s love life or motherhood state is sad or pathetic…but her career is. I think people talk about her personal life so much to cover up the fact that she isn’t as big a star as the movies want her to be.

    • Jon

      It goes against what I see with my own two eyes (IE. Jen smiling out and about, enjoying her career, etc.) but I still can’t help but feel sorry for her. I really don’t know why.

    • xobolaji

      “But frankly, isn’t Jennifer Aniston that more enviable one among mothers? Isn’t she the one mommies look at and wish they could be?”

      koa, really? you’ve completely lost me here.

    • Jana

      Her last two movies made about 430 million for the studios so I doubt
      they think she is not a good actress. Never has one of them gone in
      the hole even if they weren’t huge sellers. She’s talking about directing,
      she going with a hot guy that is good script writer, Iron Man, has
      another coming out next year, and is writing another with Stiller. It
      sure doesn’t seem like a bad life to me. She has dozens of friends
      and has had for years. Justin won’t have to worry about his looks
      if he’s writing. He seems intelligent and nice. Eileen, you are entitled
      to your opinion but I don’t think any star that made $28 mil last year is doing too bad and I like to watch her.

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