Jennifer was spending some good quality time and working on their relationship when John passed away on 11th November.
Jennifer Aniston took to Instagram to share the grief of her father passing away on 11th November. Sharing a series of pictures with and in the memory of her father John Aniston, Aniston wrote in the caption, "Sweet papa...You were one of the most beautiful humans I ever knew. I am so grateful that you went soaring into the heavens in peace - and without pain. And on 11/11 no less! You always had perfect timing. That number will forever hold an even greater meaning for me now. I’ll love you till the end of time."
The Friends alum had recently started expressing her happiness about connecting with her father again, after years of a troubled relationship with him. When Jennifer was just 11, John walked out on Jennifer and her mother Nancy Dow in 1979. At the time, Jennifer's mother told her that he would be back and had just gone for a while. This undoubtedly caused Jennifer to develop some resentment and anger, as she wasn't at the time able to understand what a "little while" meant. Actor John Aniston was gone for a year back then. After that, the father-daughter duo had grown apart until a few years ago when he called her up randomly, asking if she'd like to meet him. After that, the duo met regularly, trying to mend their relationship. While the relationship inevitably did heal right away, Jennifer was cherishing the time that she was getting to work on her relationship with her father afresh. She forgave her dad and chose to rebuild the relationship.
During her visits to her dad, she began realizing that the complaints and resentment she held in her heart against her father weren't doing any good. She started letting go of her past issues with him and accepting gradually that she can't blame everything on her parents despite the troubled childhood she had to endure. She reconnected well with her father, especially during the pandemic. Jennifer wanted to take the opportunity while she had it and build a better relationship with her dad.
Jennifer's mother's marriage to John Aniston was her second marriage. Her parents got divorced in 1981, which was a very stressful time in Jennifer's life. Her relationship with her mother was as it is a little bumpy, and the divorce further strained their equation. When her mother wrote a tell-all book about their relationship, an infuriated Jennifer decided to cut off ties with her mother. They didn't speak for the next 15 years and only connected after her split from Brad Pitt, according to HuffPost.
Learning from her relationship with her mother, Jennifer observed what she didn't appreciate in herself or anyone else, according to her interview with Allure. The actress also once mentioned what she told her mother. "Thank you for showing what never to be." While her mother passed away before she could make amends, Jennifer was spending some good quality time and working on their relationship when John passed away on 11th November.
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