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Jennifer Anniston’s bold admission that she used IVF puts those who talked about her fertility to shame.

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Jennifer Aniston is the A-lister of A-listers.
Her shining beauty and sharp sense of humour helped her start a stellar career that doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
This week Jennifer Aniston revealed she spent years trying to conceive through IVF4This week Jennifer Aniston revealed she spent years trying to conceive through IVFCredit: GettyIn movies like Bruce Almighty and Cake, as well as her breakout role as Rachel Green in Friends, she has dazzled and entertained for more than 30 years.
Yet that’s never been good enough for some who poisonously gossiped and whispered about why she had never had a child.
Was she just plain selfish or too career- obsessed?
And had first husband Brad Pitt left her because she wouldn’t give him a child?
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Now, aged 53, she’s broken her silence on the matter to reveal she’d unsuccessfully had IVF treatment but that “the ship has sailed”.
She revealed: “All the years and years of speculation . . . it was really hard.
“I was going through IVF, drinking Chinese teas, you name it.”
Her lucrative string of Hollywood hits may have suggested a gilded life away from the cameras.

In fact she was suffering quietly, feeling unable at the time to tell her fans of the pain she was going through.
I have always been annoyed at the endless, incessant and intrusive ­speculation about Jennifer’s fertility.
After all, whose business is it other than hers whether or not she has a baby?
Never mind her long, prolific and impressive career.
The thing that people cannot seem to stop asking Jennifer about over the years is why she hasn’t become a mum.
And I resent on Jennifer’s behalf the tacit implication that until a woman has had a child, she is somehow incomplete or imperfect.
It turns out that far from having the ruthless audacity to prioritise her career over having kids — which is an allegation that has frequently been lobbed in her direction — she did indeed try to have a baby through IVF.
Hearing her finally tell people the reality of her childlessness, my heart goes out to her.
“Trying” for a baby, if it is not something that happens within a few months, can be hugely challenging — even if no one knows you are trying.
But imagine trying to get pregnant via IVF while, all around you, the world buzzes with questions about just why it is that you have not ­produced a baby; whether or not you wanted one or — what a crime — were too ruthlessly ambitious to become a mother.
During a period of acute emotional strain, she was battling to conceive at a time when the snipers were suggesting it was the last thing she wanted to do.
Jennifer said in an Allure magazine interview: “I would’ve given anything if someone had said to me, ‘Freeze your eggs. Do yourself a favour’.
‘Ship has sailed’
“You just don’t think it. So here I am today. The ship has sailed.”
She said that her struggles have enabled her to “have such ­gratitude for all those shy things”.
She added: “Otherwise, I would have been stuck being this person that was so fearful, so nervous, so unsure of who they were.
“And now, I don’t f***ing care.”
I’m not sure that I quite believe that she does not care.
I think that if your heart yearns for a baby then there really is only one thing that is going to scratch that itch.
But whatever is going on behind the scenes, and however she is really feeling about the situation, she has done a pretty damn fine job of just getting on with things and having a great life without the child she ­obviously longed for.
She did not need to tell the world about her IVF experience.
But I think the fact she has is definitely going to help other women.
The fact she carried on doing such a high-profile, high-pressure job while going through such a challenging time is impressive.
Many will be grateful to her for reminding the world that IVF does not always work out.
Good on her for deciding to come clean and share her news with the world.
It proves that behind the sheen of an apparently perfect life, A-listers like Jennifer hurt like the rest of us.
l COULDN’T have been the only one to raise an eyebrow when Boy George took the moral high ground over Matt Hancock going into the TV jungle.
Is he forgetting his spell in, er, prison?
The pop star complained that he didn’t know if he wanted to stay in the jungle with Matt, saying: “You know, beginning of the pandemic my mum was in hospital.
“I wasn’t allowed to see her. I thought she was going to die.
“I was tweeting Greenwich hospital going, ‘Please look after my mum’ . . . I feel like, I don’t want to be sitting here, like, I’m having fun with him.”
I am, of course, sorry to hear about George’s mum.
And, as I wrote last week, Matt has real questions to answer about his I’m A Celeb appearance.
But I think it’s a bit rich to be so sanctimonious when you haven’t exactly been the perfect role model yourself.

I CANNOT get my head around Ed Miliband saying British taxpayers should pay “reparations” for the industrial revolution.
What on earth is he talking about? And what planet are Labour on?
Ed Miliband saying British taxpayers should pay 'reparations' for the industrial revolution is simply ridiculous4Ed Miliband saying British taxpayers should pay ‘reparations’ for the industrial revolution is simply ridiculousCredit: ReutersThe Shadow Climate Change Secretary’s claim is simply ridiculous.
Ed clearly hasn’t noticed we’re all rather broke at the moment. Every penny counts.
To apologise and atone for the industrial revolution with huge sums of cash is bonkers.
Surely, we should all be looking towards a greener future rather than worrying about the past.
If this is the sort of policies Labour has in store then we all need to be very worried.
Brave move
MY heart went out to Emma Thompson this week when she said she was “utterly blind” to the fact her ex-husband Kenneth Branagh was having an affair with Helena Bonham Carter.
It ultimately ended their six-year marriage in 1995.
The duplicitous duo had embarked on a relationship while starring in the film Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein together in 1994.
It was a long time ago but a betrayal like that is bound to sting.
It’s brave of Emma to talk about it.

Youthful Demi looking little Moore than 30
CAN we check her birth certificate?
I cannot fathom the fact that Demi Moore has just turned 60 when she looks half her age.
Demi Moore has just turned 60 and looks half her age4Demi Moore has just turned 60 and looks half her ageCredit: GettyApparently her youthful appearance is down to a mixture of gratitude, absolutely no alcohol and positive thoughts.
Pull the other one, Demi.
I WAS astonished to hear this week that there is a “whisper list” of around 40 politicians to keep at arm’s length in Westminster.
The list, which apparently features two former Cabinet ministers, includes people known for “bullying or sexual misconduct”.
Labour MP Charlotte Nichols claims she was warned never to accept a drink from or be alone with any of the MPs on a 'whisper list'4Labour MP Charlotte Nichols claims she was warned never to accept a drink from or be alone with any of the MPs on a ‘whisper list’It was brought to light by Labour MP Charlotte Nichols, who claimed she was warned never to accept a drink from or be alone with any of the people on it.
Nichols said the list “is not 100 per cent” complete, as someone who most people would deem “good and safe” had left her facing a harrowing ordeal.
There is something seriously wrong here – the very idea that sexual misconduct is so commonplace, and so accepted, that women feel the only way to keep themselves safe from sexual predators at work is to keep a list.
Needs to stop
Nichols added: “We all know [who they are] and nothing is done, and they continue to walk around and do their jobs – and there’s that kind of culture of impunity.”
The really sad and infuriating thing about this story is that Nichols said she would have the “perfect job” if it was not for abuse online and “the culture of toxicity” within Westminster itself.
In other words, it is enough to make women think twice about going into politics at a time when they are desperately needed.
Another senior Tory female MP who did not wish to be named said last week she had been warned of male journalists to avoid in parliament, and she wished women did not “have to share this sort of info – but it’s what we do”.
Without in any way blaming women who take this approach, it needs to stop.
Such behaviour should be reported, sorted and called out.
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That way we can confront them.
Do anything . . . except nothing.

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