Hollywood has brought a platform to the subject of infertility. Celebrities struggle to become parents too. In the past year, I have noticed more celebrities speaking publicly about the topic and opening up with honesty about their own personal struggles. I have seen stories of adoption, IVF, IUI, miscarriage and surrogacy. Here are 5 celebrities that have used their star status to expose their very human struggles.
Gabrielle Union: The actress and her husband, Dwyane Wade have gone through 9 miscarriages. I have seen her speak out the most publicly about her journey to have biological children. She stated, “There is so much hope; there are so many options.” She has struggled with her IVF journey and has been unable to become pregnant. She recently stated in an article that she was diagnosed with Adenomyosis. The actress, who is 45 years old, finally got some answers at the end of her fertility journey. She believed she had Adenomyosis in her twenties. I can relate to her, since I was also diagnosed with this disease. Gabrielle also told People Magazine that she never wanted children, until she became a stepmom.
Elizabeth Banks: You have probably noticed this actress in many different movies. The one that stuck out the most to me was: “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” I read an interview where she publicly stated she used a gestational surrogate after years of unsuccessful fertility treatments. She played a woman in the movie who wanted “that glow.” She wanted to be a mother, and played a woman who struggled with infertility, became pregnant and owned a baby store. I think that is a really brave move on her part. She never experienced pregnancy herself, but could wear a fake pregnancy belly and play the role.
Tyra Banks: The super model spoke out and admitted she had fertility issues. The model stated when she turned 40, she was unhappy that she didn’t have children. Banks and her boyfriend, Norwegian photographer Erik Asla struggled with fertility and ending up having their son, York via gestational surrogate. Tyra told People Magazine in a statement that as she looked into her son’s eyes, she continued to pray for people who struggle with fertility or carrying a child. She continued to thank their angel surrogate for their miracle.
Chrissy Teigen: The model and author has been very public about her infertility journey with husband John Legend. The couple have had success with IVF, but it wasn’t easy. Chrissy, who now has two kids via IVF, states she was devastated when her first IVF round wasn’t successful. The mom did suffer from postpartum depression after baby number one. They did decide to expand their family and used IVF to conceive baby number two. Teigen stated that it’s easy to grow resentful of how easy it is for some people to get pregnant while she was doing injections. She also said there is a light at the end of the tunnel, when your baby is born, you forget about all the struggle and pain.
Nicole Kidman: Everyone knows the superstar actress. Kidman has shared that she wanted to have kids immediately after marrying first husband Tom Cruise. She discusses in an interview that her and Cruise lost a baby early on, and it was very traumatic on the couple. The couple made the choice to adopt. They adopted two children: a girl and a boy. The power couple ended up divorced after 11 years of marriage. In 2006, Kidman married country singer Keith Urban. The actress has two little girls with Urban. She has experienced motherhood in many different ways – adoption, birthing a child and surrogacy. Kidman states “I am a mother, because I love being a mother.”
Yes, celebrity super stars have millions of dollars to afford all of the best fertility treatments out there – especially surrogacy. I give them a lot of credit for stepping up and admitting they have fertility issues. I have read a lot of different articles with different celebrities who are honest and real about their stories. Will celebrities redefine fertility and families?
It could be a start.