Jennifer Aniston is one of the top celebrities in the world and is considered one of the most beautiful Hollywood stars. She is best known for her breakthrough portrayal of Rachel Green in the critically and commercially acclaimed sitcom Friends. She starred as Rachel for all ten seasons from 1994 to 2004. The entire cast became the biggest stars in the world. However, Aniston was one step ahead of them all in terms of fame. During her time on Friends, she was nominated for several awards and won a Prime-Time Emmy award. She is one of the highest paid actresses in the world and currently has an estimated net worth of $200 million. Additionally, she earned herself a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012. Since the end of Friends, she went on to star in several comedy and dramatic films. Her personal life has often been an interest to her fans and the media. Her romantic relationships often generate a great deal of attention.
Despite being one of the most recognizable and famous stars in the world, she’s faced many obstacles. Throughout her life, she has dealt with family issues, career struggles, and relationship difficulties; all of which became public knowledge. It’s one thing to struggle but it’s an entirely different thing to struggle and have the media report on it. Here is a look at the 15 Worst Things To Ever Happen To Jennifer Aniston.
15 Tabloid Attacks
Since her divorce from Brad Pitt, Aniston has been a favorite target for tabloids. For years, she’s been featured in several gossip sites and magazines speculating on her lack of a husband and children. In 2016, In Touch magazine’s cover featured Aniston in a bikini and speculated that she was pregnant. In fact, she wasn’t pregnant but had just finished her lunch. She stated that she’s not “a sad, childless human” and is sick of the attacks from tabloids. She wrote an op-ed piece for the Huffington Post and wrote, “I’m fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body-shaming that occurs daily under the guise of journalism.” She went on to say, “I resent being made to feel ‘less than’ because my body is changing and/or I had a burger for lunch and was photographed from a weird angle and therefore deemed one of two things: ‘pregnant’ or ‘fat.’”
14 Intense Fear Of Water
Jennifer Aniston was universally praised for her performance in the critically-acclaimed film Cake. It was released December 31, 2014 and also stars Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Felicity Huffman, and William H. Macy. Aniston was nominated for a Golden Globe for her outstanding performance. However, she had difficulty shooting one particular scene involving a swimming pool. It took roughly 30 takes before finally getting the scene right. She revealed that the reason why she had such a hard time is because she has an intense fear of water due to a traumatic event from her childhood. She said, “I was a kid and I was riding this tricycle around a swimming pool and I drove my tricycle into the swimming pool and I didn’t let go and my brother tried to (help). So, I can’t go underwater and no one will believe me. I honestly can’t.”
13 Early Career Struggles
Despite having famous parents, Jennifer Aniston struggled early on in her career. She appeared in off-Broadway productions while supporting herself as a waitress and bike messenger. Before she landed her breakout role as Rachel, she appeared in a string of unsuccessful sitcoms. All of the series failed commercially and were cancelled quickly. She first appeared in the 1990 sitcom Molloy starring Mayim Bialik. Next, she portrayed Jeannie Bueller in the TV series Ferris Bueller, which was an adaptation of the classic ‘80s comedy movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Both series were cancelled after less than a season. She then starred in Muddling Through and The Edge, both of which failed. She was feeling depressed over her career failures when she ran into NBC executive Warren Littlefield who encouraged her to stick with acting. She had an opportunity to join the Saturday Night Live cast but instead accepted the role on Friends.
12 The Leprechaun
This is more of an embarrassing moment for Jennifer Aniston than a horrible moment. However, she might consider it one of the worst moments of her life. Aniston made her film debut in the horror comedy Leprechaun. It starred Warwick Davis and was released on January 8, 1993 to negative reviews. She thought she had slayed the monster and the nightmare was behind her. Like a horror sequel set 20 years later, the film would literally come back to haunt her. On her first date with Justin Theroux, they ended up watching her feature film debut, which she wasn’t thrilled about. She said, “He was flipping through the channels and he stumbled upon that. And that was our next two hours much to my embarrassment.” She added, “Actually, it was a mortifying moment when Justin and I had just started to date.” Luckily, he didn’t let the negative reviews impact his relationship.
Rachel Green was the pretty rich girl that was into fashion and expensive things. After being cut off by her rich family, she was forced to work as a waitress to earn a living. Aniston became an instant star with her role in the series. However, once the series ended, she had a difficult time shaking the Rachel image. She usually appeared in romantic comedies playing similar roles. She appeared in several popular films, such as Office Space, The Break-Up, Marley & Me, Bruce Almighty, and We’re The Millers. However, she wanted to take on more challenging roles. In 2008, she started her own production company Echo Films, so she could start doing the kind of roles she really wanted. “It’s been a frustrating thing,” she said, “I wanted to explore human beings and human experiences.” However, through Echo Films, she finally found what she was looking for with the critically acclaimed film Cake.
10 Jennifer & Brad
In 1998, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston started dating after being set up by their agents on a blind date. They married two years later in an extravagant $1 million Malibu wedding. The relationship was highly publicized, and they were often in the headlines. They became the most beloved celebrity couple and were considered the rare Hollywood success. Everyone assumed they’d last forever and grow old together. In 2005, they shocked the world when they announced their separation. Soon, Pitt began dating actress Angelina Jolie, who many assumed was the reason for the divorce. Rumors swirled that Pitt and Jolie started a relationship while shooting the film Mr. & Mrs. Smith, while he was still married to Aniston. Their divorce was finalized on October 2, 2005 but that was just the beginning. The marriage and divorce was tough on Aniston but the media frenzy that followed was even tougher.
9 Piers Morgan Attacks
In 2016, Jennifer Aniston was fed up with the media and tabloids invading her life and privacy. She wrote an op-ed piece for The Huffington Post titled For The Record. It dealt with the negative media attention she went through for over 15 years and the pregnancy rumors at the time. She was applauded by several celebs, such as Melissa McCarthy, Olivia Wilde, and Jason Bateman. However, one celeb that didn’t agree with her was Piers Morgan. Morgan himself has a history working for tabloid magazines. He criticized her and blamed her for young girls struggling with their own body images because of “seeing perfect photos of Jennifer Aniston.” Later, Aniston stated that she felt the op-ed piece made a small difference. She said, “But you’re always going to have the Piers Morgans of the world contradicting something that comes from the heart and saying, ‘You’re a hypocrite.’”
8 Relationship Struggles
Aniston’s high-profile relationship and separation from Brad Pitt was just the beginning for her. She started to gain a reputation of not being able to keep a man. In 2005, she started dating actor Vince Vaughn, but that ended by the end of 2006. She was in another high-profile relationship with singer John Mayer. However, the relationship only lasted a year from 2008 to 2009. She has also been linked to Tate Donovan, Gerard Butler, and Bradley Cooper. The media and fans started to speculate that she just couldn’t keep a man. It seemed that she would never meet “the one” and settle down. Her relationship difficulties were often in the headlines and on the covers of tabloid magazines. The intense media circus revolving around her love life died down once she married actor Justin Theroux. However, the marriage is often under the harsh spotlight.
7 Her Therapist Died
For Jennifer Aniston, the end of her marriage with Brad Pitt was a painfully difficult time in her life. The media coverage regarding the separation and love triangle was intense and constant. Aniston regularly saw a therapist during her divorce proceedings to cope with the stress and anxiety. However, one month before the divorce was finalized, her therapist suddenly died. She was absolutely devastated by the shocking death and had to deal with the divorce on her own. She was already struggling with the divorce and this caused more issues. She said about the situation, “When your shrink dies, you just go, ‘Really? Is this some kind of cosmic joke?’ I will never forget that moment. It was devastating. That December, I knew that everything was sort of...coming. Just as I arrived at the threshold to this grand door.” However, over time, she was able to cope with her therapist’s death and the divorce from Pitt.
6 Constant Pregnancy Rumours
It sometimes seems that the media and tabloids are much more interested in Jennifer’s personal life than professional life. They often obsess over her relationships and breakups. However, they’re even more obsessed with speculation of her being pregnant or not. Aniston can’t even spend a day on the beach without tabloids trying to figure out if she’s with child. She noted that she feels that she has to deny being pregnant “12 times a day” and said, “I may become a mother some day, and since I’m laying it all out there, if I ever do, I will be the first to let you know.” She is fed up with the constant speculation and attention. She also said, “Is she pregnant? Is she eating too much? Has she let herself go? Is her marriage on the rocks because the camera detects some physical ‘imperfection?’”
5 Dyslexia Diagnosis
Despite now being one of the most beloved celebs alive, Jennifer Aniston struggled with self-image and self-esteem throughout her childhood. She had great difficulties in school and struggled with her education. She once said, “I thought I wasn’t smart. I just couldn’t retain anything.” Her strength has always been in acting, which she started doing at the age of 11. She excelled in her drama class and eventually attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, which famous alumni include Al Pacino, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Adrien Brody. However, in her early 20’s, she was diagnosed with dyslexia. This helped explain a lot of her issues during her childhood. She considers the diagnosis life-changing because it helped her understand a lot about herself. She also said, “Now, I had this great discovery. I felt like all of my childhood trauma-dies, tragedies, dramas were explained.”
4 Marriage Difficulties
In 2011, Jennifer Aniston finally met the true love of her life when she met Justin Theroux. They met on the set of the comedy Wanderlust, which also starred Paul Rudd and Malin Akerman. In 2012, they became engaged. And that same year, they purchased a $22-million mansion in Bel-Air. In 2015, they married in a private ceremony. However, their marriage has been under an intense media scrutiny. In 2016, tabloid magazines speculated that the marriage was on the rocks and a divorce was imminent. Justin and Jennifer were having some problems due to their conflicting schedules. She is often away shooting feature films, and Justin had a starring role in the HBO series The Leftovers. It seemed that their busy careers were going to be the end of the marriage. However, they’ve been able to work through their issues, and the marriage appears stronger than ever.
Growing up, Aniston struggled with her self-esteem, in part because of her mother, Nancy Dow. “She (Dow) was critical. She was very critical of me. Because she was a model, she was gorgeous, stunning. I wasn’t. I never was.” Jennifer said, “I honestly still don’t think of myself in that sort of light, which is fine.” During a panel discussion at the 46th annual Giffoni Film Festival, she was asked if she ever had a moment where “You don’t know who you are?” She became visibly upset and said, “That moment has happened to me, there’s not enough fingers and toes in this entire room to count how many times that has happened. I mean, my gosh, we’re all human beings at the end of the day.” She added, “Am I good enough? Will I survive? You just have to sort of somehow miraculously overcome and you just go, I can, yes you can.”
2 Team Aniston Vs. Team Jolie
After her divorce from Brad Pitt, Jennifer found herself constantly in the headlines and at the center of controversy. There was media frenzy over their divorce and a great deal of speculation of what caused the separation. Most assumed that Pitt’s then-new girlfriend, Angelina Jolie, was the reason why Hollywood’s dream couple broke up. The media and fans became obsessed with the love triangle. The public was divided on whose side to take and soon things got intense. Eventually, fans started to pick sides with Team Aniston and Team Jolie shirts becoming popular. Years after, fans are still divided, and the love triangle often comes up. In 2016, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt surprised everyone when they separated and divorced. Jennifer was once again brought up and the love triangle was back in the news. In 2017, during an interview, Pitt apologized to Aniston for everything that happened involving the divorce and media fallout.
1 Strained Relationship With Her Mother
Jennifer Aniston is the daughter of actor John Aniston and actress Nancy Dow. Her mother was known for being a gorgeous and glamorous star. Growing up, her mother was very critical of her, and this had a negative impact on her self-esteem. However, it was at the height of Friends success when their relationship fell apart. In 1996, Nancy gave a highly controversial interview to tabloid show Hard Copy. Later, she wrote the tell-all book From Mother and Daughter to Friends. This caused a huge rift between them that would last over 10 years. In fact, Aniston never invited Nancy to her and Brad Pitt’s wedding in 2000. However, they started to mend fences following her divorce from Pitt. Things seemed to get better over time, but the relationship was still somewhat strained. They patched things up right before Nancy’s death in 2016. However, it was later revealed that Nancy had left Jennifer out of her will.