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Jennifer Aniston opens up about how her ‘unsafe’ household shaped her life

Jennifer Aniston talked with Sandra Bullock about her childhood

Jennifer Aniston is seen backstage at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Jennifer Aniston is seen backstage at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
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Actress Jennifer Aniston recently opened up about her troubling childhood in a new interview this week.

What Aniston said?

  • Aniston talked with Sandra Bullock for Interview magazine about how she can stay happy even when times might be discouraging.
  • Aniston: “I guess I have my parents to thank.”
  • Aniston: “It comes from growing up in a household that was destabilized and felt unsafe, watching adults being unkind to each other, and witnessing certain things about human behavior that made me think: ‘I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to be that. I don’t want to experience this feeling I’m having in my body right now. I don’t want anyone else that I ever come in contact with ever to feel that.”

What happened during Aniston’s childhood?

  • Aniston’s parents split up when she was 9 years old, according to USA Today.
  • Aniston had a troubled relationship with her mother before they got back together.
  • Aniston told Vanity Fair in 2005: “The choice of not speaking to Mom for a while — that’s ours. Nobody else has to understand it. I wouldn’t change my childhood, I wouldn’t change my heartaches … because I really love who I am, and am continuing to become.”