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Jennifer Aniston On Misconceptions, Aging And Refusing To Settle (PHOTO)

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INSTYLE MARCH 2012 COVER
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At some point in Jennifer Aniston's career, it became more about who she was dating than what she was doing on-screen.

Since her 2005 divorce from Brad Pitt, Aniston has been the subject of intense scrutiny, with tabloids hungry to know who's her latest beau, whether she's pregnant and whether she's still bitter about "losing" her husband to Angelina Jolie.

Seven years later, magazines continue to run countless headlines about her awkward run-ins with Brad and Angie, which according to Aniston, is the furthest thing from the truth.

Aniston is InStyle's March cover girl. In the magazine, she answers questions from readers, such as "What's the most annoying misconception about you?"

There there are "so many misconceptions" about her life, Aniston explains. "I would say the triangle with my ex-husband -- and that there's a feud there. It's constant. It's a story headline that won't go away, but it's a money thing -- [people make money off] a story that has nothing to do with reality."

Aniston's reality, however, is that she has moved on and is currently dating her "Wanderlust" co-star Justin Theroux. And at nearly 43, it's clear she's learned from her past relationships. "Having experienced everything you don't want in a partner over time, it starts to narrow down to what you actually do want," she told InStyle. "As I get older I realize what qualities are important in love and what suits me. And what I won't settle for."

With age comes experience, but Aniston certainly doesn't look her age -- nor does she really feel it. "You know what makes me feel old? When I see girls who are 20-something, or the new crop of actresses, and think. Aren't we the same age?" she said. "You lose perspective. Or being offered the part of a woman with a 17-year-old child. It's like, 'I'm not old enough to have a 17-year-old!' And then you realize, well, yeah, you are ... I don't feel my age. I feel young every day."

InStyle's March issue is on sale at newsstands on Feb. 10.

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