Chrissy Teigen Goes Public With Her Fertility Struggles

October 2nd 2015

Laura Donovan

In a new interview with E! News, model Chrissy Teigen explained that he's been wanting to reveal her fertility struggles for a long time. Last week, Teigen received ample praise when she discussed the topic—and her personal struggle—on the talk show "FABLife" with Tyra Banks.

Teigen, who has dealt with a lot of online bullying and body shaming from strangers, said she was pleasantly surprised by the positive Internet response to her fertility issues given the way people typically treat her on social media.

"Usually I'm getting crap from people [on social media], but the amount of stories that were shared to both of us was really cool to see," she told E! News reporter Marc Malkin. "[My husband] and I have been going through this for years and it's something that has been a part of our lives and our friends have known. So it's just nice to have a show and kind of acknowledge it to people because I felt like I was keeping a secret from them and it was weird. So it's nice to have all my social media friends know and have them share their stories, too."

Here's how some social media users reacted:

Speaking to Malkin, she explained why she never went public with her fertility issues on social media, adding that she hadn't planned on talking about this subject on last week's "FABLife." However, it naturally came to her after another person on the program discussed annoying questions about marriage.

"I just wanted to talk about it for so long," Teigen said. "It didn't feel right to tweet like, 'Ugh, doing my IVF shots again.'"

During the initial segment on "FABLife," Teigen said it's rude to ask women when they're having kids because they might be having trouble conceiving and feel worse about it as a result of this question. Even so, Teigen knows people mean well when they inquire as to when she's going to start having babies.

"It's a sweet question," she told Malkin. "It comes from a good place but sometimes you never know what the person is going through. You're like, 'I'm trying.' What I really want to say is, 'I'm trying and I can't.'"

Watch the original video of Teigen sharing her fertility issues on "FABLife" below: