Made In Chelsea star Ollie Locke and his husband Gareth have revealed their first attempt to have a child via IVF was unsuccessful.
The pair announced earlier this year they were planning to have a baby via a surrogate and have documented their journey so far on social media.
But, speaking to Hello! Magazine, they said the pregnancy had not gone as planned but they remained ‘optimistic’ and would try again.
Interview: Made In Chelsea star Ollie Locke and his husband Gareth have revealed their first attempt to have a child via IVF was unsuccessful
Ollie, 33, said: ‘I think our expectations were very high and we really thought it was going to work, but nature’s nature and we can’t do anything about it.
‘We have to think that it wasn’t meant to be and we are going to go ahead in a month or so and do it again. We’re optimistic.
‘Sometimes it just doesn’t work. But that’s not going to stop us from trying again and again.’
Gareth added: ‘The feeling of not being pregnant this time really made us realise how much we want to become parents and we are determined to do that.’
Tough time: The pair announced earlier this year they were planning to have a baby via a surrogate and have documented their journey so far on social media
Ollie also took to Instagram on Saturday to announce to his 476,000 followers who have all been following his journey that sadly their round of IVF had been unsuccesful.
In a heartfelt note, he penned: ‘We wanted to share an update with all our amazing supportive followers who have been with us on our surrogacy journey.
‘I’m sorry I have been quiet, sadly we found out last week our first attempt at IVF hasn’t worked and after the heartbreaking news we have come to terms with the situation and are now looking forward to getting out to go for a second attempt very soon.
‘Doing surrogacy and IVF is not a straight forward thing and there are a lot of ups and downs and testing times that really make you appreciate what it means to achieve the end result of having children.
Brave: Ollie also took to Instagram on Saturday to announce to his 476,000 followers who have all been following his journey that sadly their round of IVF had been unsuccesful
‘Our heart goes out to everyone who have been through this and still going through it and hope that sharing this journey and experience will highlight how difficult and emotional the journey really is.
‘The support we have had has been amazing and we will continue to keep you all a part of our journey. I adore all you and all your kind messages, we are being super positive and looking forward to the next round!
‘Our surrogate is the best human I have ever met and we love her so very much, thank you for being our superstar Xxxx.’
Earlier this month, Ollie took to Instagram and shared two heart-warming video montages documenting their journey to parenthood, with one clip showing the moment the couple’s egg was fertilised on their first IVF attempt.
Fertility journey: Ollie announced last month that he and his husband Gareth were set to embark on a surrogacy journey to become fathers
The first clip saw the start of the reality star pair’s journey, with Ollie captioning the post: ‘And just like that… it was the beginning!’
The star went on to share a further video, which gave more details of their experience, writing: ‘I’m not crying, you’re crying!
‘This is the very moment our eggs were fertilised… in 9 months time, after being looked after by a very wonderful human we hope to be able to show you what he or she looks like and how much love we have to give!’
He added: ‘I cannot wait to meet you little one and to be your daddy with @garethplocke Xx thank you @advancedfertilitycentercancun for being so wonderful.’
Process: Taking to Instagram last month, Ollie shared two video montages documenting their parenthood journey, with one clip showing the moment the couple’s egg was fertilised on their first IVF attempt
The first clip showed the couple holding hands as they headed to fertility clinic in Cancun, Mexico.
It then showed them going through a door in the clinic before the shot zoomed into a sample cup.
Commenting on the post, Ollie’s husband of seven months Gareth playfully wrote: ‘They gave you a naff plastic pot?! I got a crystal tumbler.’
Meanwhile, the second video showed the couple’s egg being fertilised as their road to parenthood began.
The post garnered several congratulatory messages from his fans and showbiz pals, who were keen to pass on their well wishes.
Ollie and his husband married at the Natural History Museum in November last year, between England’s first and second lockdowns.
The beginning: The first clip saw the start of the reality star pair’s journey, with Ollie captioning the post: ‘And just like that… it was the beginning!’
In June, Ollie spoke about his excitement at becoming a father and starting a family with his new husband Gareth.
Speaking exclusively to Daily Mail Australia, Ollie said that fatherhood is his top priority right now, first and foremost.
He opened up on their surrogacy plans, teasing: ‘I can say we are leaving quite soon to head across the world to become pregnant.’
All set: It then showed them going through a door in the clinic before the shot zoomed into a sample cup
It’s happening! Meanwhile, the second video showed the couple’s egg being fertilised
‘There is nothing in my life that I am more excited or ready for,’ he said.
In March, Ollie told The Times about their plans to use a surrogate to have a baby. They will use an American egg donor and a British surrogate.
The pair will also both provide sperm, but won’t know whose ends up being used.
‘We’re mixing it up, so it’ll be whoever’s swims best on the day and we’ll never know. Although if it comes out with yellow hair, it’ll be Gareth’s,’ Ollie told the publication.
Baby plans: Last month, Ollie spoke about his excitement at becoming a father and starting a family with his new husband Gareth
Ollie said he had changed his mind on having children after realising Gareth was his soulmate and feeling a ‘void that I couldn’t fill naturally.’
He said: ‘I want my own biological child. If Gareth and I can’t have biological children for whatever reason, of course we can discuss [adoption] but surrogacy is our plan first.’
The couple found a surrogate from the UK who they both ‘utterly adore’ and flew to the US to meet their egg donor. This is because in the UK you cannot see what they look like.
‘The rules in America are more progressive and it feels like what we want to do is much more accepted and regulated. I hate the idea that in the UK you can’t see an egg donor’s face, so for the rest of my life I’d have no idea where my child’s features came from,’ Ollie added.
Baby joy: In March, Ollie told The Times about their plans to use a surrogate to have a baby. They will use an American egg donor and a British surrogate
The happy couple both took to Instagram in March to announce the exciting news.
Captioning a snap of Disney princes Eric and Phillip with a baby, Ollie penned: ‘So I think it might be the time to tell you all! Gareth and I are very much on our surrogacy journey to become fathers.
‘We are very nearly there, with the help of the best person we could ever ask for! (you know who you are, our heavenly surrogate)
‘After many months of planning, legal formalities (I can’t believe it has been so difficult) and building the next stage to our home, we will soon be travelling to America (as soon as we can, sadly fertility is not essential travel!!) with our surrogate and hopefully become pregnant.
Dads: ‘So I think it might be the time to tell you all! Gareth and I are very much on our surrogacy journey to become fathers’
‘Whatever happens and through the ups and downs, we are going to take you all on our journey. We have waited for a long time to share this news. We felt it was a hugely important discussion telling our story of how a couple that love each other, and desperately wants a family are becoming parents!
‘Through my own social media, Made In Chelsea and (I’m sure) other TV platforms we will all go through this together and we couldn’t be more excited to become parents’.
The couple secretly married at London’s Natural History Museum in front of 13 guests including bridesmaids Binky Felstead and Olivia Bentley on November 4th.
They hastily organised the event with just 48 hours’ notice before the second national lockdown began across England the following day.
Friends and family also attended an impromptu wedding breakfast at Chelsea’s Bluebird restaurant the night before their ceremony, with guests including Tiffany Watson, Lydia Bright, singer Ella Eyre and actress Pearl Mackie in attendance.
Ollie told Hello! magazine: ‘As soon as you say “I do”, it’s the start of a great adventure. And this is something that we have wanted for a long time. Now let’s see if we can create a family – that’s the next stage.’
The couple previously said they will join their matching surnames to become the Locke-Lockes.
Speaking about their wedding day, Ollie added: ‘It was just spectacular. It was so elegant, so incredibly beautiful and so special. It was very unique and very us.
The full interview is available to read in Hello! magazine, out now
‘I love living my life as a rom-com and it was exactly how we wanted it. I knew it was going to change our lives forever.’
New husband Gareth added: ‘It was something I will remember for the rest of my life and it was perfect.’
The pair have also been busy renovating their three-bedroom, three-bathroom home in west London.
Gareth said: ‘We got married and I moved into the house but Ollie had already lived there.
‘So now we have put our own stamp on the house together. We changed it from Ollie’s bachelor pad to our marital home and hopefully it’s going to be our family home.’
Ollie is one of the original cast members of structured reality series Made In Chelsea, having appeared on and off since 2011.
The full interview is available to read in Hello! magazine, out now.
So lovely: ‘We are very nearly there, with the help of the best person we could ever ask for! (you know who you are, our heavenly surrogate)’