'It's a challenge!' Why Jennifer Aniston struggles to be in a relationship
Jennifer Aniston finds it "easier" to be single and has never striven to be in a relationship after seeing her own parents divorce.
Jennifer Aniston finds it "easier" to be single.
The 54-year-old actress was famously married to fellow Hollywood star Brad Pitt in the early 2000s and while she has dated the likes of John Mayer and Justin Theroux in the years since, she admitted that she was never excited to pursue adult relationships after seeing her parents divorce.
She told WSJ Magazine: "It was always a little bit difficult for me in relationships, I think, because I really was kind of alone. My parents, watching my family’s relationship, didn’t make me kind of go, ‘Oh, I can’t wait to do that'. 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. So it was almost easier to just be kind of solo."
The former 'Friends' star went on to explain that her late parents Nancy and John - who split in 1980 after 15 years of marriage - did not give her any "real training" in the field of finding romance and still to this day finds it a "challenge" to be in a relationship.
"So I didn’t have any real training in that give-and-take. It’s just about not being afraid to say what you need and what you want. And it’s still a challenge for me in a relationship. I'm really good at every other job I have, and that’s sort of the one area that’s a little..."
The 'Morning Show' actress previously explained that watching her parents be "unkind" to each other when she was growing up had put her off experiencing a relationship but insisted that does not hold any resentment towards her mother or father.
She told Interview magazine: "I think that it comes from growing up in a household that was destabilized and felt unsafe, watching adults being unkind to each other, and witnessing certain things about human behaviour that made me think: 'I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to be that. I don’t want to experience this feeling I’m having in my body right now.
'I don’t want anyone else that I ever come in contact with ever to feel that.' So I guess I have my parents to thank. You can either be angry or be a martyr, or you can say, 'You’ve got lemons? Let’s make lemonade.'"