Jennifer Aniston's recent willingness to open up about her personal life continues as she recently spoke candidly about the devastating loss of her "first love," who tragically passed away from a brain tumour.

Jennifer Aniston
Aniston recently spoke about her unnamed "first love" who passed away

The 45-year-old actress' love life has often been at the centre of many media outlets throughout the last decade, mainly due to her high-profile divorce from Hollywood star Brad Pitt. But in a recent interview with the New York Times, Aniston recalled the death of her former boyfriend during her early 20's.

"He was my first love - five years we were together," Aniston told the New York Times of her deceased ex-love, who she did not name. "He would have been the one. But I was 25, and I was stupid. He must have sent me Justin to make up for it all."

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Aniston would have begun filming the NBC hit series 'Friends' in 1994 around that age, and since then she has been married, divorced, and engaged once again to her 'Wanderlust' co-star Justin Theroux.

"It's a rock, I know," she told the newspaper about the engagement ring Theroux gave her in 2012. "He rocked it up. It took me a while to get used to it. I'm not a diamond girl. I'm more Indian jewelry and stuff."

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As for her professional life, Aniston is currently nominated for a SAG and Golden Globe award for her performance in the film 'Cake.' Many believe she may even be headed to Oscar glory.

The gritty drama, in which she plays a woman suffering from chronic pain, gave her a chance to "take away the cloak of Rachel," Aniston admitted. "You have to do something really dark to be taken seriously, I guess."

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"If you're in someone's living room every week for 10 years and every day on God knows what network, people are going to have a hard time saying, 'OK, we're going to see you do what now?' without making associations," she continued about being typecast. "It's a Catch-22. It's like: 'I know I can play this part, you just have to let me.' And then it's, 'I can't let you play that part, because I've never seen you do it.' There were jobs that I really wanted and would fight and fight for and then the obvious previous Oscar winners would get them."