Jennifer Aniston is getting candid about being a single lady, and why maybe — just maybe — she prefers it that way.
The Emmy-winning “Friends” star, 54, spoke in a new interview about how the deterioration of her parents’ marriage affected her own approach to romance.
“It was always a little bit difficult for me in relationships, I think, because I really was kind of alone. I don’t know. My parents, watching my family’s relationship, didn’t make me kind of go, ‘Oh, I can’t wait to do that,’” Aniston told WSJ Magazine.
Her late parents — Nancy Dow and recently deceased “Days of Our Lives” star John Aniston — divorced in 1980.
“I didn’t like the idea of sacrificing who you were or what you needed, so I didn’t really know how to do that,” she added. “It was almost easier to just be kind of solo. So I didn’t have any real training in that give-and-take.”
While the “Morning Show” star and producer doesn’t rule out any future partnerships, Aniston said “it’s still a challenge” for her to stick by “what you need and what you want.”
Aniston’s outlook on romantic relationships seems to echo that of a professional takeaway she shared elsewhere in the interview.
“There was a time in my world, my career, where I realized it’s not being aggressive or combative or bitchy or emotional to stand up for what you deserve and what you want,” Aniston told the outlet. “It’s a tough muscle to build. And also be loved and respected. It’s hard to achieve.”
Meanwhile, Aniston and ex-husband Brad Pitt are still on good terms following their highly publicized marriage, which lasted from 2000 to 2005. Aniston has also remained close with her most recent ex, Justin Theroux, to whom she was married from 2015 to 2018.