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When Are We Going To Stop Shaming Unmarried Celebrity Women?

It's time we ditch the 'Poor Jen' narrative.

It’s 2019, which means it’s about time we stop making unmarried celebrity women feel guilty for not settling down to tie the knot and have kids.

Case in point: Jennifer Aniston’s recent interview with Howard Stern.

During their chat, and like many other journos and interviewers have done before, Stern asked Aniston about her love life. “I’m very busy,” she told the shock jock. “For now. I’m promoting [The Morning Show]. I’m prepping for next season.”

Instead of taking Aniston’s hint that she’d like the conversation to move away from her private life, Stern offered to set her up with someone. “Hey, listen, I just don’t like being set up,” she told him. “I don’t like it. I hate it.”

While Stern most probably didn’t mean to offend or pry, his questions are like a broken record that Jennifer Aniston has been forced to listen to since her split from Brad Pitt 14 years ago. 

Actress Jennifer Aniston and actor Brad Pitt attend the ‘Spy Game’ Westwood Premiere on November 19, 2001 at Mann National Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

In fact, there has been so much concern for Aniston’s love life over the years that the phenomenon even has a name: the ‘Poor Jen’ narrative. It’s a narrative I not only want to remove myself from (thanks Taylor Swift) but the world needs to ditch altogether.

Jennifer Aniston isn’t the only female celebrity to follow the same “unlucky in love” story in the tabloids. Kylie Minogue, Sandra Bullock, Courtney Cox, Sheryl Crow, Renee Zellweger, Padma Lakshmi and more are consistently interrogated for their lack of marriage. 

Cameron Diaz faced the same scrutiny after her ‘failed’ relationships with Alex Rodriguez, Justin Timberlake and Jared Leto. However, in 2015 she settled down with Benji Madden and suddenly, the glossy mags spared her their critique. 

So, why is it that fans, the media, and society in general continue to shame these women for being happily unmarried? Maybe humans struggle with recognising that the role someone portrays on-screen doesn’t have to correlate with their real life off-screen. Or maybe, the idea that marriage and children equals happiness is so ingrained in our culture that we can’t possibly let the people we admire off the hook. 

Following her 2017 split from ex-husband Justin Theroux, Aniston told InStyle, “The misconceptions are ‘Jen can’t keep a man,’ and ‘Jen refuses to have a baby because she’s selfish and committed to her career.’ Or that I’m sad and heartbroken.”

 “When a couple breaks up in Hollywood, it’s the woman who is scorned. The woman is left sad and alone. She’s the failure. Eff that. When was the last time you read about a divorced, childless man referred to as a spinster?”

“Maybe my purpose on this planet isn’t to procreate. Maybe I have other things I’m supposed to do?” she added.

Jen has a point. Why doesn’t society apply the same pressure to single celebrity men as they do to women? (Leonardo DiCaprio, hello!?) Perhaps it’s time we do away with the sexist rhetoric and realise that happiness comes in all shapes and sizes in 2019, whether you’re happily married or happily single. Live and let live.

James Blake Is Not Here For His GF Jameela Jamil Being Labelled Just A 'Muse'

He's got no time for guys who think they're "Mr. Golden Balls"

Singer songwriter James Blake has no time for labels, especially if they’re sexist or undermine his girlfriend, Jameela Jamil.

James and Jameela. Credit: Greg Allen/Invision/AP

During a backstage interview with Billboard, Blake was asked about how Jamil “inspired” his recent album Assume Form. While the singer said that Jamil had actually helped him make the album and that her credit isn’t just a “shoutout,” he later took to Twitter to further clarify his comments.

“Not just inspired it – she actually worked on it,” Blake began his thread. “People focus on ‘inspired’ because the idea of the ‘muse’ is so romantic and pervasive.”

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Later, he said that women who help their partners with their album “almost invariably go uncredited,” while male producers “come in and make a tiny change to a track and they’re Mr. Golden Balls.” 

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Finishing his thread, Blake gave a shout out to “all the partners who selflessly placated a musician during a very self absorbed process like creating an album.” He noted that these partners “got the title ‘muse” afterward which basically amounts to be an object of affection while the musician exercises their ‘genius.’”

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Blake even went as far as correcting Wikipedia and tweeting an image of Jamil’s credit on his album. When a follower called him a “cuck” for his comments, he simply responded, “if you listen to women you might actually keep one interested.”

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Wow. On behalf of all of us, thank you James. 

It’s so important that partners, and particularly females, get the acknowledgement they deserve in these kinds of situations. Jamil isn’t just sitting around being the apple of her boyfriend’s eye – she has valuable creative input that has been recognised by James Blake, and should be acknowledged by fans and the media as well. 

Elizabeth Hurley Has Taken To Your Age Stereotypes With A Chainsaw, Literally

50 is the new 20.

Liz Hurley is one hell of a woman. She’s an actress, a model, a businesswoman, a mother, and has a career spanning over 30 years. Plus, she basically broke the Internet right after it hit the mainstream with her iconic safety pin dress in 1994.

Did I mention she’s 54 years old but doesn’t look a day over 25!?

In a recent interview with Extra, Hurley discussed her workout routine – which is far from ordinary. “I don’t work out, per se, but I am very active,” she said. “I do a lot of exercise, but it’s really the gardening…cutting down a hedge, using my chainsaw to cut down a tree, logging, all of that stuff I do. So, I’m very active.”

It’s not the first time Hurley has shaken up her exercise regime. In 2018, she burned calories by hula hooping and the same year she gave topless swimming a go. 

Whether she’s pumping iron in a gym, pool, or out in the garden there’s no doubt about it: Liz Hurley looks absolutely incredible and is really giving those tired old age stereotypes a run for their money.

Hurley isn’t the only celeb who is proving 50 is the new 20. Jennifer Aniston, Salma Hayek, Kylie Minogue, Elle McPherson, Sandra Bullock and Julianne Moore are all 50 and over and proving that age is most definitely just a number. 

Just take 50-year-old Jennifer Lopez, who recently slid back into the iconic green dress she wore to the Grammy Awards in 2000 for a recent Versace runway show. That was almost 20 years ago, but J-Lo is still pulling it off. Some argued she looks even more breathtaking this time around. 

Speaking of stunning women, how could we forget about the Dame Helen Mirren. At 74 years old, Mirren has never looked better – and I’m guessing her confident mindset has something to do with it.  

Mirren once said, “the weird thing is, you get more comfortable in yourself, even as time is giving you less reason for it. When you’re young and beautiful, you’re paranoid and miserable. I think one of the great advantages of getting older is that you let go of certain things.”

The actress also once famously said, “your 40s are good. Your 50s are great. Your 60s are fab. And 70 is f*cking awesome.”

For youngsters, it sounds like the best is yet to come, and for those 50 and over – this is your time to shine.

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