Isn’t the world bored stiff with Jennifer Aniston and her latest boyfriend yet? Every month, there’s stories Aniston is dating another new guy and, this week’s rumor says it’s True Blood’s Christopher Gartin. With sites like Showbiz Spy touting Gartin as “perfect husband material” regardless that, he’s already been married and divorced once, how can anyone take Jennifer Aniston’s latest ‘boyfriend’ news seriously? And why, out of all the guys she’s dated, does Aniston have problems keeping one? Is it, as my mother told me, men don’t buy the cow when they can get the milk for free?
Since she first became well known in Hollywood, Jennifer Aniston has been linked with Counting Crows musician Adam Duritz, actor Charlie Schlatter, and was engaged to actor Tate Dovonan for a couple of years. When that relationship broke up, she met Brad Pitt and was married to him for seven years.
After the Pitt-Aniston marriage ended, Jennifer became heavily involved with Vince Vaughn, model Paul Sculfor and, on and off, with singer John Mayer. She’s also been linked with a couple of lower level actors and rumored to have dated actor Gerard Butler. With all these guys, and some pretty darn fine guys at that, what is it about Jennifer Aniston that she can’t seem to keep one? Is it really the ‘milk for free’ syndrome?
Of course, when our mothers talk about “giving away the milk for free”, they’re meaning sex. What it can also mean, in Jennifer Aniston’s case though, is when she gives every benefit to a man he would get if he was married to her but, without the ring. Now, any guy in their right mind would grab at that deal, particularly if there was no stated expectation of commitment, marriage and family. In fact, even if you are Jennifer Aniston, if you’re offering all the goodies (love, sex, companionship, support, commitment, a date for every special event, the glamor that comes with having Aniston on your arm) without the upfront ring and ceremony, it’s probably not surprising that, at almost 42, she’s still single and still looking.
Don’t get me wrong, I feel sorry for Jennifer Aniston. As she’s hit her 40s and probably realized her baby years were going to soon be behind her, she’s begun to look and act a bit desperate. It’s probably even harder for her after she’s broken up with some of the guys only to see them move on quickly to someone else or, in Vince Vaughn’s case, marry someone else.
But…….there’s sometimes something to be said for old-fashioned courtship and marriage, instead of ‘give the guy everything he wants and hope he ponies up the diamond’, and at this point maybe Jennifer Aniston should give it a whirl?
It’s fine to be the ‘ultimate milk girl’ when you’re in your 20s and maybe your 30s but, in your 40s, if you’re still giving away the milk and it’s not working – change tactics. After all, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Maybe Jennifer Aniston should think about this the next time she hooks up with a new guy, and thinks about handing it all over – a new mantra might just be in order. “I don’t want to be the milk girl. I really don’t”.