By Kat Giantis
We can't count the number of times a tabloid has knocked up Jennifer Aniston over the years, although a quick estimate places it somewhere in the eleventy-billion range. And this week, the bun-in-the-oven burblings ramp up once again, courtesy of the routinely reliable Us Weekly.
"Jen's Big Secret," trumpets the cover. "Pregnant! After years of trying, she's finally ready to be a mom at 44."
According to the mag, the future Mrs. Justin Theroux is "thrilled beyond belief" by the news, but she has decided not to confirm her expectant state for a while for fear that something might go wrong.
"She is scared of having a miscarriage, given her age, so they are not saying anything until she is six months along," shares an inexplicably blabby source, adding, "They're extremely happy. This is the baby Jen always wanted."
Eagle-eyed celebrity belly watchers (hey, everyone needs a hobby) have been particularly focused on Aniston's midsection since early August, when a close-fitting purple gown she wore to the New York premiere of "We're the Millers" highlighted what appeared to be a slightly swollen midriff.
Of course, that could have also just been evidence of a hearty dinner, especially considering Jen's abdomen looked enviably flat during a Mexican getaway with Theroux, 42, on Aug. 20.
But the stork speculation kicked into high gear last weekend as she promoted "Life of Crime" at the Toronto International Film Festival in a corseted Vivienne Westwood gown, which featured an eye-catching drape across her middle (left).
Us says Aniston has been trying to hide her "growing bump" on the red carpet, and asserts her "stylist had to redo her whole press tour wardrobe."
As for her much-discussed wedding to Theroux, that's supposedly on the back burner because "the baby is taking priority."
The official word? Jen's rep firmly denies she has a bun baking in her over-scrutinized oven.
Still, the actress has long talked about having kids, even if the emphasis has changed over the years. Keep clicking to read what she said, then and now ...