Jennifer Aniston won't "be whittled down to a sad, childless human"

Jennifer Aniston says she spoke out against tabloid culture because she “has worked too hard in this life and this career to be whittled down to a sad, childless human.”

The former “Friends” star explained in an interview with Marie Claire her reasons for writing an op-ed in July, saying her marital status, divorce status and lack of a mate have all been “shamed.” She questioned, “Why are we only looking at women through this particular lens of picking us apart?”

In her July essay, Aniston wrote that constant paparazzi coverage contributes to a “dehumanizing view of females, focused solely on one’s physical appearance.”

Aniston is now married to actor Justin Theroux.

She became the topic of internet memes in September following news of ex-husband Brad Pitt’s pending divorce from Angelina Jolie. Pitt and Jolie became close while filming “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” prompting widespread speculation -- consistently denied by the couple -- that Pitt’s involvement with Jolie prompted his divorce from Aniston.