Male Celebrities Struggle with Infertility
You are not alone. Celebrities as well may suffer from infertility. Infertility can strike anyone, no matter how successful and famous he is.
One in six couples in the U.S. faces infertility. Meaning, one in six celebrity couples also face infertility. This is a large number, but we don’t hear about so many celebrities’ infertility stories in the news. This is probably because these couples do not share their personal experience in the public media.
In this blog, we would like to tell you about a few infertility journeys of celebrities that decided to share their personal experience and to inspire other people to take care of their fertility issues and to continue and not to give up on their dream of having children.
Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness struggled with infertility. Hugh Jackman told about his fertility journey for the first time on Katie Couric’s show in 2012:
“Until you go through it, you realize infertility is not talked about a lot…And it is a difficult time. We did IVF [in vitro fertilization] and Deb had a couple of miscarriages”
After a few years of trying to conceive, the couple decided to adopt. Hugh Jackman clarified: “Deb and I always wanted to adopt, so that was always in our plan. We didn’t know where in the process that would happen but biologically, obviously, we tried and it was not happening for us”
The couple adopted their two children – Oscar Maximillian (born in 2000) and Ava Eliot (born in 2005).
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan had three miscarriages before they had their first daughter, Max (born in 2015). Mark Zuckerberg revealed his personal infertility story in a Facebook post (of course (!)):
“We want to share one experience to start. We’ve been trying to have a child for a couple of years and have had three miscarriages along the way”
Mark Zuckerberg about his personal experience:
“You feel so hopeful when you learn you’re going to have a child. You start imagining who they’ll become and dreaming of hopes for their future. You start making plans, and then they’re gone. It’s a lonely experience. Most people don’t discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you — as if you’re defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own”
Mark Zuckerberg continues and encourages to speak about fertility issues:
“In today’s open and connected world, discussing these issues doesn’t distance us; it brings us together. It creates understanding and tolerance, and it gives us hope.”
The Zuckerbergs had their second daughter August, in August 2017.
Mathew Broderick and his wife Sarah Jessica Parker tried to conceive after having their first son, James Wilkie. After a few trials of conceiving the natural way, the couple decided to use a surrogate for the birth of their twin daughters Tabbitha Hodge and Marion Loretta (born in 2009).
Sarah Jessica Parker told Vogue magazine regarding the couple’s fertility journey: “We tried and tried and tried and tried to get pregnant, but it just was not to be”. She continued about conceiving in the natural way: “I would give birth as often as I could, if I could. I cherished all the milestones, the good and the bad”
After having their first daughter, North (born in 2013), the couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashians had difficulty conceiving their second child, Saint (born in 2015). Back then, Kim Kardashian announced she has a medical condition, “Placenta Accrete”, that made it tough for the couple to get pregnant again.
Kim Kardashians revealed to C Magazine:
“It was a long road. I would go to the doctor in Beverly Hills every day at five in the morning to get tested to see if I was ovulating; I’m like, ‘I’m ovulating, get home now!’ He’d be like, ‘Wait, I’m in the studio.'”
The couple’s third child, Chicago was born in January, 2018 via surrogate. Kim Kardashian wrote about it in her blog: “We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give”.
After having fertility issues for several years, Jimmy Fallon and his wife Nancy Juvonen, decided to use a surrogate for the birth of their daughter, Winnie Rose (born in 2013).
“My wife and I had been trying for a while to have a baby,” Fallon told Today’s Savannah Guthrie. “We tried a bunch of things. So we had a surrogate.”
Jimmy Fallon’s message to people struggling with infertility:
“I know people have tried much longer, but if there’s anyone out there who is trying and they’re just losing hope … just hang in there, try every avenue, try anything you can do, cause you’ll get there. You’ll end up with a family, and it’s so worth it. It is the most ‘worth it’ thing”.
We hope that the celebrities’ infertility stories encourage you to take care of your fertility.
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