Jennifer Aniston is shutting down the persistent rumor mill that continually reports that she’s either pregnant or can’t find a man. Aniston, of course, split from second husband Justin Theroux in February 2018, but as she tells Elle, “I don’t feel a void. I really don’t.” And even though her marriages ended, Aniston doesn’t see them in a negative light. She explains, “My marriages, they’ve been very successful, in [my] personal opinion. And when they came to an end, it was a choice that was made because we chose to be happy, and sometimes happiness didn’t exist within that arrangement anymore. Sure, there were bumps, and not every moment felt fantastic, obviously, but at the end of it, this is our one life and I would not stay in a situation out of fear.” And that’s not all. The Friends icon also wants to shift the perceptions of women who choose not to have children or get married. As she says, “We live in a society that messages women: By this age, you should be married; by this age, you should have children. That’s a fairy tale. That’s the mold we’re slowly trying to break out of.” In case anyone was in any doubt, yes, Aniston is done with misogyny: “That’s part of sexism—it’s always the woman who’s scorned and heartbroken and a spinster. It’s never the opposite.” I have a new Queen now. Published in Daily Times, December 10th 2018.