16/12/2014 13:01 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Jennifer Aniston 'Insulted' By Claims She's 'Too Selfish' To Have Kids


Jennifer Aniston has hit back at 'insulting' claims that she's 'too selfish' or focused on her career to have children.

The Friends actress told Allure magazine that she's sick of being judged for not starting a family with fiancé Justin Theroux.

The 45-year-old said: "I don't like [the pressure] that people put on me, on women, that you've failed yourself as a female because you haven't procreated.

"I don't think it's fair. You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn't mean that you aren't mothering - dogs, friends, friends' children."

She also claims she's been called 'selfish' for putting her career before a family – which she insists isn't true.

She said: "Oh, God, so many painful things. The accusation that I've put my career before the want, the desire to be a mother.

"This continually is said about me: that I was so career-driven and focused on myself; that I don't want to be a mother, and how selfish that is."

Jennifer believes there's unnecessary pressure on women to give birth, adding: "I have a lot of friends who decided not to have children, who can't have children, or are trying but are having a difficult time."

She went on: "There's all sorts of reasons why children aren't in people's lives, and no one has the right to assume.

"Its quite rude, insulting, and ignorant.

"Even saying it gets me a little tight in my throat."

She said of her relationship with fiance Justin: "He's a nurturer. He is so fiercely loyal. Beyond protective. I mean, the way he takes care of our dogs, he takes care of me, he takes care of friends."

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