I Was Constantly Living On Edge Until I Held Him For The First Time: Tyra Banks Shares Painful Journey To Have Her Son York

March 30, 2018  |  

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Earlier this week, we reported about Tyra Banks’ nose job and her decision to lose 30 pounds so she could be a more healthy and present mother for her son York. All these personal details about her life are coming out in promotion of her new book Perfect is Boring: 10 Things My Crazy, Fierce Mama Taught Me About Beauty, Booty, and Being a Boss. Co-authored with her mother, Carolyn London, the book contains personal anecdotes about different phases in her life.

Naturally, she’ll be speaking about motherhood, and more specifically the struggles she endured while trying to get there.

In an interview with People, Banks and London talk about why Tyra will never take the time she gets to spend with her son for granted, saying, “Everything that happened all got me to this. It was meant to be.”

Banks said that she and the father of her child, ex-boyfriend Erik Asla, tried for a while to conceive naturally. When that didn’t work they turned to in vitro fertilization. The couple tried for a year, with no success.

Banks, 44, said, “It was emotional.”

In one particularly trying moment, London, 72, shared her feelings watching her daughter suffer. “It hurt me so much to watch her struggle through that. She set up a nursery and in the bathroom, she put a tile in the floor that said, ‘Mommy Already Loves You.’ And then she found out the IVF had failed. It ripped my heart out.”

Eventually, the couple decided on surrogacy.

Banks said, “There are so many stages. It’s like, ‘Okay, it’s a healthy embryo. Okay, it’s month one.’ I was just constantly living on the edge until I held him for the first time.”

When her grandson finally made it into the world, London recalls her feelings, “I couldn’t believe it! I kept saying, ‘You have a baby!’

Tyra’s book will be released on April 3. You can preorder it now on Amazon.

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