The 52-year-old actress braved through many heartbreaks in her early life but came out stronger and kinder at the end of all the storms.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on October 22, 2021. It has since been updated.
Friends star Jennifer Aniston's story of struggles is not unknown to us. From a very tender age, she showed incredible grit and conviction and went on to become one of the most beloved faces on screen.
The 54-year-old actress braved through many heartbreaks in her early life but came out stronger and kinder at the end of all the storms. The actress posted an adorable throwback picture from her childhood with her estranged father and proved that we cannot hold on to grudges and negative feelings all our lives. We should learn to let go and accept the people who matter to us.
Days of our Lives actor and Jen's father John Aniston is said to have abandoned the family when she was little. While she did admit being heartbroken with her father's decision, she has moved on to graciously accept their relationship the way it is and leave the past in the past.
"Christmas with one of my creators. Then and now," she captioned the photo, adding the popular throwback Thursday hashtag, #TBT. Aniston had also shared a present-day picture with her now 88-year-old father, adding, "Love you, papa."
In an old interview, she had opened up about her difficult childhood, her father's estrangement, and the strained relationship she had with her mother. The actress revealed that her father started seeing her on weekends about a year after he left. On being asked if she was angry with him or tried to please him, she said, "Pleasing, pleasing, pleasing, everything to please."
She went on to say that after her father had apologized to her, and she decided to let her pain go and accepted him and their relationship. When asked did his father explained his decision to her. She said "He does. Though not at first. Like I said, he's not a good communicator. Maybe if my parents had talked more. There were signs, but also, knowing my father, he probably didn't say anything. But, as best he could, my dad explained and apologized, and it's enough. We've made up. There's still parts that are hard for me, but I'm an adult. I can't blame my parents anymore."
While she did confess that the most painful part of her life was where her father abandoned them, the actress never let it scar the image of her father to her. "One of the nicest men you'll ever meet. Unbelievably shy and funny," she said of him. One thing I remember about my parents when they were together, is how fun they were," she added.
Sharing this heartwarming message for her father shows that through our life's journey we only become kinder, forgiving, and grateful for whatever we have and eliminate all spaces for negative feelings and grudges.
We wish them both a happy and healthy life full of love!