Chances are, if you pick up a tabloid or go to a gossip site on any given day, you’ll likely plant your eyes on some sort of item about Jennifer Aniston. Whether it’s about her singledom or past romances, publications will do pretty much anything to get Jen in their magazine. Take, for example, Jen’s involvement in the cover story in the March issue of Architectual Digest. It’s simply a feature where the much-loved actress shows off her home, right? Nope. Apparently, according to Us Magazine, it was a “pathetic” attempt to get back at Brad Pitt. Really? If that’s Jen’s idea of revenge, she’s quite terrible at plotting.
What we’re getting at here is that no matter what Jen does, she somehow finds herself with tertiary headlines claiming it was somehow related to her love life or a ploy to amp up publicity for a movie.
In response to Jen’s recent cover, Brad Pitt — so says anonymous Us sources — “feels this is all so desperate” and that it was all Jen’s “ploy to get his attention.” Yes, we’re sure Brad Pitt, in between being a father to his six children, juggling a vastly successful movie career and going far and beyond with his charity work, is all bent about Jen’s motives for showing off her fancy house.
Since her divorce from Pitt in 2005, Aniston has been nothing but classy in dealing with the ramifications of the massive split. Consider the current landscape with Jesse James, Tiger Woods and others. It was pretty obvious at the time that Brad and Angelina were the spark plug for Aniston’s divorce. They even later admitted to shacking up while filming ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ — which was shot while Jen and Brad were still married.
Even when Jen posed naked — covered only by a perfectly-placed necktie — in GQ magazine, a lot of the attention came thanks to her quotes about Brad in the interview. “Jennifer Aniston Just Can’t Button Up Over Brad Pitt,” read a headline on the Boston Herald. Yep, you read correctly. That’s not from a questionable tabloid magazine, but a daily, major city newspaper.
Even this month, one blog declared that Aniston “has yet to move away from Brad Pitt,” claiming that they were “hugging and kissing” each other recently. Ya’hum.
Aniston’s new directorial ambitions even somehow get lumped into her personal past. Blogger Perez Hilton — who not-so-nicely refers to Jen as “Maniston” — reported that she just signed on to direct a movie for the first time. One sentence later: “Take that Angelina Jolie!”
And what of the reported relationship between Jen and her ‘Bounty Hunter’ co-star Gerard Butler? You know, the one that everyone speculated about but neither ever confirmed? Jen called the assertion that she’d fake a romance for attention “just insulting,” but a Google search of “Jen Aniston Gerard Butler Dating” will yield you nearly 9 million results. (Full disclosure: PopEater is the first result … with a question mark).
Will the Aniston dam ever break, and we’ll all live in a world in which she can do anything — whether it’s direct a movie or just buy a pair of jeans — without it being somehow attributed to her past marital woes? Sadly, it doesn’t seem all that feasible.