‘This should be talked about’: Made in Chelsea’s Ollie Locke reveals hopes to break the stigma surrounding IVF by sharing his and husband Gareth’s surrogacy journey
Ollie Locke hopes to break the stigma surrounding going through IVF treatment as he continues to share his and husband Gareth’s surrogacy journey.
The Made in Chelsea star, 34, revealed earlier this month in an Instagram post that a recent IVF attempt had been unsuccessful.
In a conversation with The Mirror, he now believes that there should be more discussion around the topic, as to not make it a taboo.
Taboo: Ollie Locke, 34, hopes to break the stigma surrounding going through IVF treatment as he continues to share his heartbreaking journey with the procedure.
OIllie said: ‘We’re talking about a cameramen on Made in Chelsea, who come up to me afterwards and say, “By the way, me and my wife are going through that right now” and you sit there and think “I know so much about you but I don’t know about this situation”‘
‘But as long as you start talking… the forums online are just fascinating.’
The star said he had been buoyed by the support he had received online by others struggling with fertility, saying: ‘It’s a lovely position to be in to be able to talk to people and be able to show we’re not the only people to go through that journey and actually, stuff like this should be talked about.”
The pair announced on social media back in May that they were trying to have a baby via surrogate, but in mid July declared that the attempt had been unsuccessful.
Disappointing: The Made in Chelsea star shared the information earlier this month in an Instagram post that a recent IVF attempt had been unsuccessful
Speaking to Hello! Magazine, they said the pregnancy had not gone as planned but they remained ‘optimistic’ and would try again.
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.
‘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!
Brave: Ollie also took to Instagram on Saturday to announce to his 477,000 followers who have all been following his journey that sadly their round of IVF had been unsuccesful
‘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.
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!’
Fertility journey: Ollie announced last month that he and his husband Gareth were set to embark on a surrogacy journey to become fathers