Supermodel and America’s Next Top Model host Tyra Banks recently spoke publicly about her issues with infertility on her talk show FABLife. According to the New York Post, Banks, along with cohost Chrissy Teigen, talked about fertility problems, and the emotional strain that comes with them.
During Banks’ 41 years of life, she’s accomplished many major goals; supermodel, entrepreneur, and talk show host are only a few of the many jobs that Banks has under her belt. However, her desire to be a mother is still strong, and her time to conceive may be running out.
Typically, women are most fertile between the ages of 20 and 24. Banks says that when she was in her 20s, she repeatedly told herself she’d have kids in three years.
”Every single year I kept saying that,” Banks said during her show with Teigen, who also reported having issues getting pregnant. “And then after a while it’s like, ‘OK, now I want to.’ And it’s not so easy.”
Banks has been dating her boyfriend, photographer Erik Asla, for two years now. The couple plan to have a child together but have been experiencing difficulties achieving pregnancy. They have even turned to IVF procedures to help the fertilization process.
Though Banks struggles with conceiving her first child, she does not plan to give up.
”I don’t just want one child. I want a litter,” exclaimed Banks. “And I want to be the kind of mom where my child can come to me for anything.”
As infertility issues become less taboo, more and more celebrities are admitting to their struggles with fertility. Recently, Kim Kardashian has expressed the difficulties she and husband Kanye West have been having with conceiving a second child. Mark Zuckerberg also recently announced the pregnancy of his wife, Priscilla Chan, after their long journey with infertility that ended with three miscarriages.
With many infertile couples believing that infertility is something to keep under wraps, these celebrity admissions may help make the topic less controversial.