Jennifer Lopez’s father has confirmed that she is expecting twins and has asserted that twins run in the family “so it’s a hereditary thing”.
There is surely a gene that combines celebrity with twin pregnancies. Has anyone researched this? Julia Roberts, Diana Krall and CNN’s Nancy Grace have all confirmed that they conceived twins naturally (they run in the family) in their late 30s to late 40s, while many more celebs – Geena Davis, Holly Hunter, Patrick Dempsey’s wife – all conceived twins in their 40s seemingly without the need for any intervention. This appears to affect women from their late 30s onwards – we haven’t seen the same trend amongst the younger celebrity mums. They should make a film about it!
But let’s just assume for a minute that my theory doesn’t stand up. What if any or all of the above did actually need an injection here or an egg there? So what?!?!? Why are celebs so reluctant to talk about it? Of course it is their business (but it’s not nice to lie) and nobody is under any obligation to parade their private lives in public, but there doesn’t seem to be the same reluctance to talk about other medical conditions. While celebs don’t like to appear to have any imperfections, many have survived reports of illness and some have even seen their profiles raised because of it. Kylie’s career has flourished after battling breast cancer, Kate Moss is more in demand than ever after her drug “addiction”. Those celebs that have spoken openly about IVF – Marcia Cross, Courtney Cox, Brooke Shields – remain as popular as ever, and even more so amongst those of us in the know.
Maybe I am too immersed in this world to see the wood for the trees. I have never experienced the “stigma” of infertility, never seen it in practice. The annoying comments, yes of course, but nobody has ever tried to make me feel as if my babies or I are inferior because I needed a prescription to conceive them. In fact, I feel like a champion because I have managed to overcome all the odds to get this far. Why can’t everyone see it that way?
Update: I have been informed that, while JLo’s dad may not want to talk about IVF, JLo herself has spoken openly about it. Good for her! My trusty researcher, Dr Google, informs me that she has been doing IVF since 2006 so she has probably been through the mill. Looking forward to reading about her experiences.