After spending 35 years in the spotlight, Jennifer Aniston’s love life has been examined from every single perspective — including her own. Though the actor tends to keep her private life, well, private, she does occasionally open up about her relationships. Read on for Aniston’s quotes about love and relationships.
Reflecting on her relationship with Brad Pitt in 2005 (after their divorce), Aniston recalled to Vanity Fair, “We had so much fun falling in love. It was so private; we kept it to ourselves for so long. It was something we were really proud of.”
In that same interview, Aniston clarified her view on romantic partnerships. “Relationships are two people; everyone is accountable. A lot goes into a relationship coming together, and a lot goes into a relationship falling apart,” she told the outlet. “[My therapist would] say, ‘Even if it’s 98 percent the other person’s fault, it’s 2 percent yours, and that’s what we’re going to focus on.’ You can only clean up your side of the street.”
In 2019, Aniston said she had “zero time” to date. “[D]ating has not been one of my first priorities. I feel like whatever [romance] looks like, it will present itself, and it’s not about seeking it out, you know?” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “When it comes knocking, it’s going to be welcomed.”
Aniston has made it clear that she’s open to love. In 2021, she shared her mindset on SiriusXM’s Lunch with Bruce podcast, per Us Weekly. “I think I’m ready to share myself with another [person]. I didn’t want to for a long time. I loved really being my own woman without being a part of a couple. I’ve been a part of a couple since I was 20, so there was something really nice about taking the time,” she said.
Aniston was never that interested in getting married. “My priorities weren’t about finding partnership and who am I gonna marry and what am I gonna wear on my wedding day,” she explained about her childhood to Elle in 2018. “I was building houses with shoe boxes and toilet paper and felt. It was always about finding a home that felt safe.”
At the time, she also reflected on her marriages to Pitt and Justin Theroux. “I don’t feel a void. I really don’t. My marriages, they’ve been very successful, in [my] personal opinion,” Aniston explained. “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.”
In a 2016 op-ed for the Huffington Post , Aniston wrote about tabloid gossip surrounding her pregnancy status. (In 2022, Aniston shared that she went through IVF.) “We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies,” Aniston wrote. “We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own ‘happily ever after’ for ourselves.”
Aniston isn’t sold on the idea of getting married again, but she told Allure in Nov. 2022, “I’d love a relationship. Who knows? There are moments I want to just crawl up in a ball and say, ‘I need support.’ It would be wonderful to come home and fall into somebody’s arms and say, ‘That was a tough day.’”