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Jennifer Aniston is set to become a great aunt following baby announcement

It's an exciting year for the star's family

Jennifer Aniston will take on a brand new role this year – the 52-year-old actress is going to be a great aunt!

It has been revealed that Eilish Melick – daughter of Jennifer's half-brother, John Mellick III – is pregnant with her first baby.

Eilish and her husband, Sean Nebbia, shared their happy news in December, posing together with their ultrasound images. Just recently, Eilish shared a sweet snapshot of her bare bump, writing in the caption: "Oooh baby, baby."

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Jennifer was the only child born to Nancy Dow and John Aniston, but she does have two half-brothers. John Mellick III is Nancy's son from her first marriage to bandleader John T. 'Jack' Melick Jr.

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The actress also has a paternal half-brother from her father's second marriage to Sherry Rooney, son Alexander Aniston.

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Jennifer Aniston's niece is expecting her first baby

Jennifer herself doesn’t have any children and in a candid open letter shared on The Huffington Post in December 2016, during her marriage to Justin Theroux, she spoke about the endless speculation surrounding her private life.

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Titled "For The Record", Jennifer began, "Let me start by saying that addressing gossip is something I have never done. I don't like to give energy to the business of lies, but I wanted to participate in a larger conversation that has already begun and needs to continue.

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Eilish recently shared a baby bump photo

"For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up. I'm fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily under the guise of 'journalism', the 'First Amendment' and 'celebrity news'.

"Every day my husband and I are harassed by dozens of aggressive photographers staked outside our home who will go to shocking lengths to obtain any kind of photo.

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Jennifer with her former husband, Justin Theroux

"This past month in particular has illuminated for me how much we define a woman's value based on her marital and maternal status,” the star continued.

"The sheer amount of resources being spent right now by press trying to simply uncover whether or not I am pregnant (for the bajillionth time... but who's counting) points to the perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy if they're not married with children."

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