Jennifer Aniston left her parents’ home in New York and relocated to Los Angeles in 1989. Since then, she hasn’t looked back. The move meant leaving behind the apartment she grew up in, but it also jumpstarted the career that has made her one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

Although Aniston is currently single, she hasn’t always been. She was previously married to both Brad Pitt and Justin Theroux but has been divorced since 2017. Right now, she doesn’t have any plans to get married again in the near future.

In an interview for Allure, Aniston opened up about her thoughts on marriage and children.

For years, there have been rumors about Aniston’s pregnancy status and whether or not she wants children. Headlines about whether or not Aniston was pregnant, and if her marriage ended because she supposedly didn’t want children and her career took priority over starting a family.

Aniston used this Allure interview as an opportunity to express her honest feelings about not being able to start a family. It turns out, she really did want children. She said, “I would say my late 30s, 40s, I’d gone through really hard shit, and if it wasn’t for going through that, I would’ve never become who I was meant to be.”

The hard truth is that even a famous movie star can’t always have everything they want- in this case, she was trying to conceive but struggling. She said, “I was trying to get pregnant. It was a challenging road for me, the baby-making road.”

Trying unsuccessfully to conceive through IVF was very difficult for Aniston, who opened up about her experience. She stated, “I was going through IVF, drinking Chinese teas, you name it. I was throwing everything at it. I would’ve given anything if someone had said to me, ‘Freeze your eggs. Do yourself a favor.’ You just don’t think it. So here I am today. The ship has sailed.”

Aniston has now reached the point of acceptance. She realizes that she’ll never have a smaller version of herself running around the house and this gives her “relief” because she no longer wonders “can I?” She said, “I don’t have to think about that anymore.”

Aniston said that she doesn’t have to keep anything secret anymore. In the past, she didn’t talk about her story with IVF, but now she feels comfortable sharing it. She explained, “I’ve spent so many years protecting my story about IVF. I’m so protective of these parts because I feel like there’s so little that I get to keep to myself. The [world] creates narratives that aren’t true, so I might as well tell the truth. I feel like I’m coming out of hibernation. I don’t have anything to hide.”

Why do you think Aniston kept her IVF journey a secret for so long?