Jennifer Aniston: ‘People don’t come up to people anymore. They don’t do that’

The Morning Show Promo

Jennifer Aniston has been doing interviews to promote The Morning Show’s Season 2 for months now, and there’s a consistent vibe to her quotes about her personal life and love life. That vibe is: she’s very content these days, she has her life in order, but she’d like to be in a relationship and she’s never going on a dating app. Aniston is ready to have a boyfriend or husband (or fake-husband) again. And she’s still talking about it this week, in an interview on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy:

Jennifer Aniston shared that she is ready to be back in a relationship despite enjoying single life.

“No one of importance has hit my radar yet but I think it’s time. I think I’m ready to share myself with another,” the former “Friends” star recently told Bruce Bozzi on Sirius XM’s “Radio Andy.”

Aniston, 52, expressed that she has been in relationships for nearly 30 years and really enjoyed her time on her own. “I didn’t want to [date] for a long time and I loved really being my own woman without being a part of a couple… I’ve been part of a couple since I was 20 so there was something really nice about taking the time.”

She also doubled down on her belief that she should find love in person as opposed to through dating apps like Tinder or Raya, saying she’s “an old school girl.”

“People don’t come up to people anymore. They don’t do that. It’s weird,” Aniston said.

And while she believes a first kiss is “pretty important” when deciding on compatibility, she also looks for certain character traits in a partner.

“The ease at which the conversation flows the first time, that’s kind of a good indicator,” she said, adding, “Confidence, but not a cocky-ness. Humor, please, I beg of you. Generous, kind to people. You know…very few necessities required. I think fitness is important and not just about how you look but I want to be around here for a long time and not be in a wheelchair when I’m 80.”

[From Page Six]

I found that last part pretty ableist. You can take care of your health and your fitness and still end up in a wheelchair. And people in wheelchairs are still people, and they fall in love and do activities and live full lives. No one plans to be in a wheelchair, Jennifer.

As for the rest of it, she was single here and there after her divorce from Brad Pitt, and in between Vince Vaughn and Paul Sculfor and John Mayer and Justin Theroux. That being said, post-Theroux, this has been the longest time she’s been officially single since her 20s, basically. I’m glad she had this time post-Theroux where she didn’t feel the need to be in the gossip world, rolling out a new relationship or playing silly reindeer games with the media. She’s 52. She’s met everybody. She should get her friends to set her up if she wants to meet someone “the old-fashioned way.” The problem is that even if you’re Jennifer Aniston, your single, male generational peers are probably on Raya, looking for 20-year-olds.

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  1. Katherine says:

    Too true about looking for 20-year-olds. Single straight men only have a small window around their 30s (either leading up to or shortly after, depends on the guy) when they are actually looking for something serious. The rest of the time they are either too young or too old for all that and are simply looking for nothing-serious-20-year-olds on Raya, whatever that is (I mean, I think I get the idea, I just heard the name maybe once or twice before so I’m not 100% sure).

  2. JustMe says:

    My 55 yr old divorced friend has started online dating and I just COULD NOT….She’s crushing on men and ooh and ahhing over them then is completely disappointed when she meets them. I mean good on her for putting herself out there but it wouldn’t be for me. I’m more like Jen..I would need that face to face first encounter.

    • molly says:

      My husbands and I (jokingly) frequently remind each other that we wouldn’t last one day in today’s single world. The apps, OMG!

    • My husband of 10 years and I met on an app and I’ve never been more grateful for anything in my life as we NEVER EVER would have met any other way. I started the dating apps when I was in my mid 30’s and I honestly had a great time with them. Yes, there are bullshitters, yes you get dick pics, but if you do the work to figure out how to navigate through that you can meet some extraordinary people! I had a lot of fun as a single mom working and going to school, going out on old fashioned dates. That being said, I’m not sure I’d love to go on them in my present older age, lol, but holy hell, if I was Jennifer Freaking Aniston I’d be on Raya like a shot. But I also just enjoyed meeting interesting people, I didn’t put a lot of pressure on any date and I made a lot of friends doing the apps-and how many interesting people would be on there?

  3. Dena Landon says:

    She’s right, though. In the eight years since my divorce not a single male has approached or asked me out in person 🙁 they all just go on apps – which are a nightmare. I could tell utter horror stories. The only good thing about the apps and texting first? I can usually tell why a guy is single within a few messages 😂 it weeds them out early!

    • lucy2 says:

      I was reading something where several men commented that they’re “afraid” to approach women now, and don’t want to be accused of being creeps. I was like…good? If you can’t tell the difference between saying hello and being an aggressive creeper, good, don’t approach anyone and leave women alone.
      At least on apps, everyone’s there for the same thing, vs being hit on while just trying to live your life.

      I like what Jen said about taking some time to be on her own after so many years of relationships. I wish more people did that, rather than jump into something new all the time. I imagine she’d do well being set up by friends, or meeting someone through a work project.

  4. Renee says:

    I find the wheelchair comment to be tone deaf to say the least.

  5. Margo says:

    The Lady is a Boss and she can be choosy about the kind of man she wants to be with. As we all should be.

  6. Case says:

    Yikes, that wheelchair moment is shockingly awful. If people were less worried about having a disability and more concerned with creating a more accessible, affordable place for people with disabilities, we’d have a much better world. People like myself with disabilities can absolutely thrive and live wonderful lives, but it sure would be helpful if people didn’t say sh!t like this.

    And to Kaiser’s point, we don’t PLAN on having medical issues. You can exercise and eat well and still have a stroke or a heart attack or deal with chronic pain, etc., on and on. I understand what she’s saying, but there was a kinder way to say it.

  7. Twin falls says:

    Y’all it is a myth that men easily “age well”. I dipped my toe in the online dating pool of 45+ and pulled it right back out. And omg the fish pics that someone else mentioned. It’s so true 😂

    • lucy2 says:

      LOL about the fish pics – I live near the beach, EVERY guy has a boat and fish pic. Same age group as you too.

    • Eleanor says:

      There is some science behind the differences between how men and women’s faces age. Of course, lifestyle, genetics, money….etc have a huge role. But the bastards still have the advantage, especially after menopause.

  8. Kathleen says:

    As an female adult who got sick 9 years ago, out of the blue, with an illness few had ever heard of and ended up in a wheelchair, I say THANK YOU! Her comment really stung and then I read your comment right after. You’re the best.

  9. canichangemyname? says:

    I feel like she’s talking off the cuff, but yes, the wheelchair comment was insensitive and, if called out, I certainly hope she dials that back and apologizes. Otherwise, I can cosign on most of the rest of it. I spent the majority of my 20s and most of my 30s in one relationship or another. I currently don’t feel like I’d have the energy to devote to one given my career, my 13 yo son, and my dog <3 But at some point I might and I think I honestly would not be using dating apps. I used to, and they were fine, but I'm kind of over that. I like her, and I do hope she educates herself about ableism.