Jennifer Aniston marries Justin Theroux - but scrutiny over her lack of children continues

Will tabloid gossip about whether the Friends star will be a mum ever stop?

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Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux reportedly married this week after a three-year engagement but despite Hollywood's favourite singleton supposedly putting an end to the relentless 'Will they, won't they?' and 'Has he cheated?' gossip, media scrutiny about her not being a mother shows no signs of letting up.

Aniston, now aged 46, was famously married to fellow actor Brad Pitt for five years until their divorce in 2005. There was speculation at the time that the reason for their split was her refusal to have children, a rumour she strongly denied.

Ever since, questions about why the Golden Globe-winning Friends star has remained childless have plagued her, despite both her and Theroux being far from obsessed with the issue themselves.

"It's not something that's in our everyday life, quite honestly," Aniston told People magazine last summer. "It's more questions that arise in a red carpet line or in an interview.


"I just find it to be energy that is unnecessary and not really fair for those who may or may not [have children]. Who knows what the reason is, why people aren't having kids. There's a lot of reasons that could be, and maybe it's something that no one wants to discuss."

But whether or not celebrities want to discuss their personal lives or not is of little concern to many bloggers and tabloids. So what if a woman earns more than $30 million a year and is clearly successful in her field? That's boring with a capital 'B' and also apparently meaningless, if she doesn't have the ring and babies to go with it.


Hollywood Life reported yesterday that the happy couple are "already working on having children" and "don't care" whether the baby is biological or adopted. This must be true because an anonymous "close source" told them so.

Then there's Life & Style magazine, who claim to have inside knowledge that Aniston and Theroux have already filed paperwork to adopt a daughter. Celeb Dirty Laundry has deduced that this must be the reason behind their "sudden desire to make the union legal" as "everyone knows it is much easier for a married couple to adopt a child than it it is for two people who have just been living together for three years". Right.

Aniston has also dismissed the idea that she will not feel complete without children as she does not value herself as woman based on "this sort of checklist of things that have to be done".

"I've birthday a lot of things and I feel like I've mothered many things and I don't think it's fair to put that pressure on people," she said.

Sadly, until she conforms, we don't see the pressure dropping anytime soon.