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Jennifer Aniston opens up to Ellen about what inspired her essay on gossip coverage

Jennifer Anniston penned a powerful essay over the summer, striking out against the constant body-shaming, relationship speculation and baby bump rumors that she's faced in tabloids over the years.

And she's not backing down from her message now.

During a Wednesday visit to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," the actress revealed her motivation for writing the piece and issued a passionate plea to viewers to stop buying gossip mags.

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Aniston explained that she felt "pretty raw" following the death of her mother in May. A vacation photo taken by paparazzi pushed her over the edge.

"(It was) a picture of me with a bump and a circle around my stomach, with an arrow pointing to it," she recalled. "Just in this sort of disgustingly objectifying kind of way, and I was just fed up with it."

So she shared her thoughts about that kind of objectification with the women of the world, and now she hopes they'll do their part to break the cycle.

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"All of us need to take responsibility on what we ingest into our brains," the former "Friends" star insisted.

"(The tabloids) love the narrative, they love the story, they love the 'She’s jealous of this person,' and 'She’s depressed,' and 'Oh, my God! She’s never going to have a child' — whatever the horrible little headline is," Aniston said.

"We’ve just got to break out of that and go, 'Woah, woah!'"

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Jennifer Aniston: I refuse to be 'whittled down to sad, childless human'

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Aniston urged the audience to "stop buying" the message that's being sold and to start lifting each other up instead.

"Especially at this time, to love each other, to support and to be proud of women — whatever your choice is in life," she added. "It’s up to us what makes us happy and fulfilled."

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