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9 brave celebrities open up about their struggles with fertility

By Huna A April 6, 2016
celebrity fertility struggles

Becoming a parent isn’t easy for everyone who wants a child.

One in six Australian couples experience fertility issues on the path to parenthood. 

When celebrities open up about these common experiences it sparks conversation around an issue that is so difficult to speak about. 

From Hugh Jackman to Beyonce these honest and brave stories are a powerful reminder that fertility issues can affect anyone. 

Here are 9 celebrities who have shared their struggles with pregnancy, miscarriage, IVF, surrogacy, adoption.

Courtney Cox

celebrity fertility struggles

"I get pregnant pretty easily, but I have a hard time keeping them. [We] bounce back pretty quickly. I don't say it's a walk in the park. But what are you going to do? We just try again." -- People, 2004

Gwyneth Paltrow

celebrity fertility struggles

"My children ask me to have a baby all the time and you never know — I could squeeze one more in. I am missing my third. I am thinking about it. But I had a really bad experience when I was pregnant with my third and it didn't work out and I nearly died. So I am, like, 'Are we good here or should we go back and try again?'" -- The Mail on Sunday, 2013

Hugh Jackman

celebrity fertility struggles

"To be clear, 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 and it is a difficult time. We did IVF and Deb had a couple of miscarriages. I'll never forget it the miscarriage thing — it happens to one in three pregnancies, but it's very, very rarely talked about ... It’s a good thing to talk about it. It’s more common and it is tough. There’s a grieving that you have to go through." -- Katie, 2012

Tyra Banks

celebrity fertility struggles

“I am so tired of seeing on my social media, ‘Why don’t you have kids? Why don’t you have kids?’ You don’t know — you don’t know what I’m going through ... When I was 23 years old, I used to tell myself, ‘In three years, I’m going to have kids.’ Then I turned 24. ‘In three years, I’m going to have kids.’ Every single year I kept saying that. And then after awhile, it’s like, OK, now I want to, and it’s not so easy.”  -- FAB Life, 2015 

Jennifer Aniston 

celebrity fertility struggles

"I don't like [the pressure] that people put on me, on women — that you've failed yourself as a female because you haven't procreated. I don't think it's fair. You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn't mean you aren't mothering—dogs, friends, friends' children ... This continually is said about me: that I was so career-driven and focused on myself; that I don't want to be a mother, and how selfish that is ... No. Even saying it gets me a little tight in my throat." -- Allure, 2015

Chrissy Teigen

celebrity fertility struggles

"I will say, honestly, John and I are having trouble. We would have kids five, six years ago if it'd happened, but my gosh, it's been a process! And we've seen fertility doctors ... So, anytime somebody asks me if I'm going to have kids, I'm like, 'One day, you're going to ask that to the wrong girl who is really struggling, and it's going to be really hurtful to them. And I hate that. So, I hate it. Stop asking me!'" -- FAB Life, 2015

Jimmy Fallon

celebrity fertility struggles

“We've tried a bunch of things … anyone who's tried will know, it's just awful … we had a surrogate. We tried before, we told people and then it didn’t happen, and it’s just really depressing, it’s really hard … We tried for a long time, for five years, but if there’s anyone out there who's trying and losing hope, just hang in there. Try every avenue, try anything you can do because you’ll get there. You’ll end up with a family and it’s so worth it. It is the most worth it thing.” -- Today, 2013

Beyonce Knowles-Carter 

celebrity fertility struggles

"About two years ago, I was pregnant for the first time and I heard the heartbeat, which was the most beautiful music I ever heard in my life. I picked out names, I envisioned what my child would look like ... I was feeling very maternal. I flew back to New York to get my check up — and no heartbeat. Literally the week before I went to the doctor, everything was fine, but there was no heartbeat. I went into the studio and wrote the saddest song I've ever written in my life. And it was actually the first song I wrote for my album. And it was the best form of therapy for me, because it was the saddest thing I've ever been through." - Life Is But a Dream, 2013

Sarah Jessica Parker 

celebrity fertility struggles

"I knew there would be lots of opinions about, `Well, why didn't you adopt? Why didn't you do this? Why didn't you do that?' and the truth of the matter is, it wasn't one or the other for us ... "We had explored, and continue to explore, all options, and this one just happened first. This isn't the period at the end of the sentence." -- Elle, 2009

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