Friends star Jennifer Aniston opens up about IVF struggle for first time

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Jennifer Aniston has opened up about her struggle to have children.

The former Friends star has been at the centre of pregnancy speculation many times since hitting the spotlight, but has always stayed private about her personal life. Now, The Morning Show actress has opened up about a period she was trying to get pregnant a number of years ago and how all the speculation and rumours about having a baby affected her.

"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," she told Allure.

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"That’s why I have such gratitude for all those shitty things. Otherwise, I would’ve been stuck being this person that was so fearful, so nervous, so unsure of who they were. And now, I don’t f**king care."

"I was trying to get pregnant. It was a challenging road for me, the baby-making road. All the years and years and years of speculation... It was really hard," she continued.

"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 favour.' You just don’t think it.

"So here I am today. The ship has sailed."

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Aniston continued that she had "zero regrets" though, continuing: "I actually feel a little relief now because there is no more, 'Can I? Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.' I don’t have to think about that anymore."

The actress was previously married to Brad Pitt from 2000 to 2005, and then to Justin Theroux from 2015 to 2017.

The 53-year-old continued that she'd decided to speak out about it, as the narrative was that she was "selfish" and didn't want to have children.

"I just cared about my career. And God forbid a woman is successful and doesn’t have a child," she said. "And the reason my husband left me, why we broke up and ended our marriage, was because I wouldn’t give him a kid.

"It was absolute lies. I don’t have anything to hide at this point."

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