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AMANDA PLATELL: Jennifer Aniston defies age with beauty – but it cannot mask her secret sorrow

Jennifer Aniston appears on a magazine cover with small Yves Saint Laurent leather hotpants that a supermodel has trouble getting away with – and we look in awe.

How could a 51-year-old woman look so hot? How could the Rachel we fell in love with Friends a quarter of a century ago – still one of the most-watched TV shows – have so blatantly everything?

Unscathed by two disastrous marriages – first with Brad Pitt who dumped her for Angelina Jolie, and then with a loser named Justin Theroux – Jen is the Petra Pan of Hollywood.

As Shakespeare wrote about Cleopatra: “Age cannot wither her, nor age her infinite variety to measure.”

Jennifer Aniston appears on a magazine cover with small Yves Saint Laurent leather hotpants that a supermodel has trouble getting away with - and we look in awe. How could a 51-year-old woman look so hot?

Jennifer Aniston appears on a magazine cover with small Yves Saint Laurent leather hot pants that a supermodel has trouble getting away with – and we look in awe. How could a 51-year-old woman look so hot?

And yet, tucked away in her article in Interview Magazine, it turned out that the woman who defies the age and has earned millions has a regret: she never had the chance to become a mother.

In her 50s and far beyond the age where a woman can naturally become pregnant, she still heartbreakingly imagines herself to be a mother.

“It’s not so much what I see myself doing, it’s more like a screenshot in my brain, where I hear the ocean, I hear laughter, I see the kids running,” she says.

Despite all her fame and fortune, Jennifer spoke to all the women everywhere who have longed for the only thing they thought they could take for granted but failed to achieve – the inalienable right to become a mother.

I suppose this is part of her appeal – Jen speaks with disarming honesty about a silent sadness shared by many.

Forget the hotpants and the fantastic hair, we childless women – or most of us – would exchange all of that in a heartbeat for the chance to hold our own child in our arms.

About one in four women over 40 never have children, sometimes of their own choice, but mainly because of the sad event in biology.

Many of us dream of the laughter of children looking up at us with our own eyes, and of young people running in our arms for comfort and joy.

I’m lucky. Although I am infertile, I have my wonderful stepson Max.

He is a foot taller than me, clearly not an inherited trait, but has a kindness in his heart that I hope I have contributed to.

So my message to Jennifer is one of hope – you don’t have to give birth to be a mother. And when you come back with Brad Pitt, you can always be a stepmother for his six children.

Harry changes quickly

How happy it was when Harry first presented his new love Meghan Markle to the world during the Invictus Games in Toronto.

Less than three years later, he left his home, his country, his family, his friends, and left the military titles he was so proud of.

As the Mail revealed, he has also fired all his 15 loyal employees at Buckingham Palace.

Harry seems to have embraced his newly found liberties with amazing speed – he spoke to bankers for an amount of £ 750,000.

I wonder if he ever took note of that age-old saying: trade in haste, repent at ease.

Ulrika Jonsson, 52, breaks the main rule of online dating.

First she ends her love life with her former husband – and then she talks about her first great sex in a decade with a stranger she had met a few times.

Save a thought, please Ulrika, in your post-menopausal fear, for your four children.

Was this too much for the children of Rio?

Rio Ferdinand and the courageous documentary of his new wife Kate Wright about the travails of her stepmother in the family were embarrassing.

Who didn’t shiver when every photo of his first wife Rebecca, who died of cancer four years ago, was sent to the “memorial room” – because Kate found them disturbing? Or when Kate talked about planning a baby to “complete” their family?

Still, I wonder how the three children of Rio, aged eight to 13, will reflect on being exposed on TV in the coming years.

At one point in a funeral therapy meeting they cried inconsolably. Their faces might have been grainy, but their grief was raw.

Rio Ferdinand and his new wife Kate Wright's brave documentary about the travails of her stepmother in the family was painful looking

Rio Ferdinand and his new wife Kate Wright's brave documentary about the travails of her stepmother in the family was painful looking

Rio Ferdinand and his new wife Kate Wright’s brave documentary about the travails of her stepmother in the family was painful looking

She collected her Oscar for best actress in an off-the-shoulder dress as stiff as her face – no Botox here, only good genes – Renee Zellweger caused a media storm.

Not because of her performance as Judy Garland but because of her perfect biceps. She clearly made a statement: in Hollywood arms are the new legs.

Married Strict champion Kelvin Fletcher insists that photos of him and his married ballroom partner, Oti Mabuse, sex-on-long-legs, chic hotels coming in on consecutive evenings for early-morning drinks are the stuff of nothing.

His wife has yet to be convinced. In defense, Kev waves his taxi vouchers to prove that he went home alone, without Oti.

But even the most trusted woman would think about what happened before he slipped into the Uber.

An unholy race

We churchgoers despair when the most reverend Justin Welby, global leader of the Church of England, pinches his hands and apologizes for his “deeply institutional racist” flock.

My local church would not survive without its ‘people of color’ – the two altar boys, the woman who offers us sacramental wine, the one who runs Sunday school and much, much more in the church.

Memo for the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, locked up in his chic palace in Lambeth: you should go more.

Good news for women that in the new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma the only nudity is provided by her rakish lover George Knightley, played by Johnny Flynn.

Emma actress Anya Taylor-Joy and director Autumn de Wilde say that feminist film producers are finally turning the tide in male prurience and ‘wanting to use the female gaze’ by having many hot, naked male boys. Excuse me ladies, how sexist is that?

Good news for women that in the new adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma the only nudity is provided by her rakish lover George Knightley, played by Johnny Flynn (photo)

Good news for women that in the new adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma the only nudity is provided by her rakish lover George Knightley, played by Johnny Flynn (photo)

Good news for women that in the new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma the only nudity is provided by her rakish lover George Knightley, played by Johnny Flynn (photo)

When Monteys-Fullam (24) fell in the summer for stilettos for Paul Hollywood, 53, her mother Sabina warned that “it would explode.” We need to listen more to the wisdom of our mothers. Mine told me on the eve of my wedding: “It’s not too late to cancel, Mandy.”

She and Dad had never said a bad word about my intention, but Mom instinctively knew, like only a loving mother, that it would never last. And it didn’t.

A real valentine

In the red rose of Valentine’s Day came my favorite message from Alan Titchmarsh and revealed the secret of his long and happy marriage.

“Romance is about being thoughtful.”

He made his 45-year-old wife of Alison a cuppa every day. He says his missus doesn’t like flashy jewelry, so last year he went looking for the 44-year anniversary gesture and they were groceries.

“So I took her to Marks & Spencer and she was happy as Larry. I’m a happy man. “

Bloomin ‘great.

Marlene Dietrich, Louis Armstrong, Tennessee Williams, Magaret Thatcher – they all appeared on Desert Island Discs.

Now the BBC has been reduced to Zoe Ball as the castaway, to promote her appearance on the day we discover that she has dropped half a million listeners during her time on Radio 2’s Breakfast Show.

From her uninhabited island, Zoe ruminates on her £ 370,000 work and says without irony, “I hope I was not employed just because I am a woman.”

Westminster Wars

  • In his rescheduling of the cabinet, the prime minister deposed everyone who ever raised an eyebrow against him. Loyalty is of excellent quality, Boris, just a pity that you have never shown it to your 25-year-old wife, Marina.
  • He is now confronted with an investigation by Parliament’s ‘sleaze’ watchdog of his ‘£ 15,000 ten-day stay’ with Carrie Symonds on Mustique at Christmas. I am confused. Friends of mine who were staying in Mustique at the same time paid £ 15,000 each to share a shabby shoe-sized apartment – overshadowed by Boris’ gigantic private villa with ocean views.
  • All credit to Sajid Javid for his resignation as chancellor instead of having fired all his staff. It is a true sign of integrity that he placed respect for what Boris and his guardians would call “the little people” above power and, yes, ambition.

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