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10th Sep 2018

‘I am tired but I call it the happy tired’: 54-year-old new mum Brigitte Nielsen

The star recently welcomed her fifth child.

Anna O'Rourke

'I am tired but I call it the happy tired': 54-year-old new mum Brigitte Nielsen

Brigitte Nielsen, who recently gave birth to a baby girl aged 54, has said that she’s tired but happy as a new mum.

The actress, who has four adult children, welcomed daughter Frida with husband Mattia Dessi in June.

After undergoing 14 years of IVF treatment, she told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that she’d recommend egg freezing to anyone.

“I kind of knew what was coming for me, and it’s fantastic.

“I am tired but I call it the happy tired, it gives you that inner energy that is so fantastic. I am super proud.

“I’d love to tell all the women out there in their thirties, preserve your eggs, just in case you wake up one day, and you think, ‘oh my god, I didn’t have a kid’, there is a chance.”

She said that being an older parent and doing the school run doesn’t bother her. 

“I’m so lucky that I married a husband that’s 15 years younger than me. And since I don’t like to wake up that early in the morning, maybe he’ll drive her to school.”

She also criticised the “double standard” that exists around older mothers, saying men who have babies later in life don’t face the same scrutiny.

“There’s definitely a double standard because it seems like men in their sixties, seventies, eighties and even nineties, they have children and no-one raises an eyebrow.

“I am maybe the oldest mother in America, it’s possible. People say ‘Well, why? Maybe you’re not alive in 20 years, is that the right responsibility to have a little girl?’

“I think a child needs so much a mother but also so much a father. I wish I had a crystal ball.

“You do not know where you’re going to be in 20 years from now. All you can do is to give your best, live every day the fullest, you only have one life. Live it, go for it and that’s exactly what I’ve done.”