Anton Du Beke on the ‘sad irony’ that his wife Hannah is ‘an amazing mom who couldn’t have kids’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz and television
Strictly Come Dancing judge Anton Du Beke, 56, reflected on the grueling IVF journey his wife Hannah Summers, 46, was forced to go through to welcome their twins. He spoke openly about their fertility issues, while revealing Hannah’s ongoing battle with endometriosis.
Anton first became a father in March 2017 when he and his wife Hannah welcomed their twins, George and Henrietta.
The dancer opened up about the trials of becoming a parent on the Parenting Hell podcast, where he called Hannah “virtually perfect” and lamented the irony that she wasn’t able to conceive naturally.
“She’s everything I thought she would be,” he explained. “I thought she would be a great mum, I always knew she would be a great mum but she couldn’t have kids.
“I was like, ‘Isn’t it funny how nature works in mysterious ways?'” Anton continued.
“The person I thought was an amazing mum couldn’t have kids – that’s the sad irony of it all.
“But as we had IVF we were able to have them in the end and I’m thrilled for me – because I would have 100 [kids] by the way, because I love them,” he admitted.
“But I’m thrilled for Hannah because she’s amazing at it,” the Strictly star said.
Anton then discussed the IVF process saying, “We were so lucky because we had a chance, but it was kind of a training camp – we were hardcore.
“It can be done using your eggs and your partner’s sperm, or donor eggs and sperm.”
Meanwhile, the NHS describes endometriosis as “a condition in which tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes”.
“Endometriosis can affect women of any age, including teenage girls. It’s a long-term condition that can have a significant impact on your life, but there are treatments that can help.”
According to Endometriosis UK, one in 10 women and assigned women of childbearing age in the UK suffer from endometriosis.