It’s a big week for celebrity women talking about fertility issues. Just a few days ago Gabrielle Union discussed feeling “barren” when she thinks about choosing a career first over being a mother. not being able to have kids.
In the upcoming issue of People magazine (on newsstands Friday), supermodel-turned-mogul Tyra Banks opens up about her personal struggle with infertility. The entrepreneur just launched her new daytime talk show, Tyra Presents The Fab Life, but her one true dream is to become a mom.
“When I turned 40, the one thing I was not happy about is that I did not have kids,” Banks tells People. “I’m like, ‘Damn, the clock is ticking!’ ”
Banks, 41, reveals that since age 24 she would tell herself, ‘I will have kids in three years,’ but being so busy with work, she never found the time. When she was finally ready to become pregnant, she says, it just hasn’t happened.
Banks, who has been dating her boyfriend, photographer Erik Asla for two years, has undergone IVF procedures in hopes of conceiving. She says Asla has been a major support through some “not so happy, traumatic moments,” and they look forward to growing old together.
Banks says she still has hopes and wants a litter of kids, and has admittedly taken a much less workaholic approach to this new talk show. Her co-hosts, Chrissy Teigen (the resident food pro) Joe Zee (fashion), Lauren Makk (interior design) and Leah Ashley (DIY) are sharing their expertise – and lightening Banks’ load. “With this team, I’m presenting these people and their ideas, and I can sit back sometimes.”
We hope the best for her!