Jennifer Aniston opens up about writing her tabloid takedown

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Jennifer Aniston has opened up about writing her essay criticising tabloid culture, explaining she did it because she had worked too hard "to be whittled down to a sad, childless human".

The former Friends star won support from fellow celebrities when she penned the piece in The Huffington Post this summer, in which she said she was fed up with the "objectification and scrutiny" of women.

Jennifer Aniston at a premiere (Chris Pizzello/AP)
Jennifer Aniston (Chris Pizzello/AP)

She said women don't need to be married, or mums, to be complete and attacked the "sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily".

In a new interview with America's Marie Claire, the star explained she felt it was time to speak up.

Jennifer, who married Justin Theroux in August 2015, said: "My marital status has been shamed; my divorce status was shamed; my lack of a mate had been shamed; my nipples have been shamed.

Jennifer Aniston and husband Justin Theroux (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Aniston and husband Justin Theroux (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

"It's like, why are we only looking at women through this particular lens of picking us apart? Why are we listening to it? I just thought, 'I have worked too hard in this life and this career to be whittled down to a sad, childless human'."

The star also opened up about her relationship with Justin in the interview, saying he brings out the best in her.

She said: "Why is he the right person for me? All I know is that I feel completely seen, and adored, in no matter what state. There's no part of me that I don't feel comfortable showing, exposing. And it brings forth the best part of myself, because I care about him so much."