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19th Mar 2024

‘It’s part of my story’ – Kristen Wiig shines a light on the struggles of IVF

Jody Coffey

Kristen Wiig

“It is such a private thing, but maybe it doesn’t have to be”

Kristen Wiig has opened up about her experience with in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

The Bridesmaids actress and her husband, Avi Rothman, welcomed twins – Shiloh and Luna – via surrogacy in 2020, having undergone IVF for three years.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Wiig reflected on her journey to motherhood.

While she keeps her family life private, she highlighted the importance of being open about the struggles parents experience during IVF.

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“It was such a struggle. When you go through it, you meet other people who are going through it, and it’s almost like this secret little — the whispering conversation at a party.

“It feels like not a lot of people talk about it. It is such a private thing, but maybe it doesn’t have to be.

“It’s part of my story and part of how I got my amazing family.”

In 2020, the actress shared that she had made the tough decision to become a mum via surrogacy, and described it as ‘bittersweet’.

“I remember when our doctor mentioned going other routes, and I was just like, ‘Nope. Don’t ever bring that up again. I’m getting pregnant. I’m doing this,'” she told InStyle at the time.

“I finally realised that I just needed help. And, thank God, we found the most amazing surrogate.”

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While Wiig initially hoped to carry her children, she is grateful that surrogacy allowed her to welcome their twins.

“Overall it was a very beautiful thing, and now that I’m on the other side, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

“I’ve always believed that things happen the way they’re supposed to happen, and this is how [our babies] were supposed to get here.”