This Morning star admits she felt selfish for welcoming miracle baby at 50
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This Morning’s Emma Kenny recently welcomed a “miracle” child at the age of 50 and is “loving every second” of life with her much longed for baby girl, Etta.
However, she has now shared an insight into the guilt she feels about “selfishly” becoming a mum at an older age.
In a new interview with OK!, she confessed: “I felt a great deal of selfishness all the way up until giving birth.”
Although she’d originally wanted to extend her family at a much younger age, it didn’t turn out to be that simple.
“For 10 years I tried to have her and failed constantly. I’ll have to process my grief over the fact that I couldn’t have her at 42 or 45,” she continued.
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“There are moments when I think, ‘I wish I could have another 20 years with Etta’.
“I feel I’ve had years stolen from my child, but I’m very grateful for having her,” the TV personality explained.
Emma then rationalised that her best friend had died at the age of 43, so even young mums “don’t always get the time that’s promised to [them]”.
She added that she and her daughter will have conversations about her fertility struggle when she gets older.
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The star had her two sons, 20-year-old Tyde and 18-year-old Evan much earlier in life, but she insists there are plenty of upsides to welcoming a child later in life.
She says she feels exactly the same as she did at 20, with one major difference – she’s now no longer “broke”.
Emma also has the flexibility to often have baby Etta by her side when she works, a perk she never managed to achieve in her earlier days parenting the boys.
She is now touring her true crime show The Serial Killer Next Door around the country too, with the next date taking place in Southend, Essex this weekend.
Her scheduled tour dates continue well into next year, while she is also busy with her career as a psychotherapist, media psychologist, writer and TV star.
She’s also teamed up with crime author Ajay Chowdhury on an eagerly awaited interactive murder mystery eBook.
However, Emma is in high spirits after putting the trauma of multiple miscarriages and the “drawn out, protractive, difficult, expensive experience” of IVF behind her.
Meanwhile, her advice to women who want to start their own families but feel now may not be the right time is simply to “have the family, because it’s never going to be the right time”.
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