Former model and TV presenter, Lisa Snowdon, has revealed that at the age of 44 she believes she has left it too late to have children
The news comes as the Office of National Statistics has released figures that state one in six women born in 1970 is childless. The shock figures show that the level of childlessness in women born in 1970 (17 per cent) is higher than in 1943 (12 per cent) and form part of statistics released entitled, Childbearing for Women Born in Different Years in England and Wales: 2015.
Model Lisa Snowdon, 44, a former girlfriend of actor George Clooney, recently made the revelation on ITV’s reality television show, I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!
She told her campmates: “It’s a weird one because it’s so hard. I left it kind of late. I didn’t find anyone that I wanted to actually be with and I didn’t want to have kids, just to have kids.”
Other celebrities that are childless in their 40s include actresses Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz, TV host Chelsea Handler and celebrity super couple Portia de Rossi and Ellen De Generes.
Celebrities who have gone on to have children in their 40s, however, include Kelly Preston, Halle Berry, Gwen Stefani, Susan Sarandon and Janet Jackson who is due to give birth soon at 50.
Greater social acceptability of a childfree lifestyle today and the postponement of decisions about whether to have children until it may be biologically too late could be the cause.
Pamela Cobb, of the population statistics division at the Office of National Statistics, said: “Women born in 1970 who completed their childbearing in 2015 had an average 1.91 children per woman, fewer than their mother’s generation (born 1943) who had 2.24 children. Childlessness was higher for the 1970 cohort (17 per cent) than for the 1943 cohort (12 per cent).”
The ONS has said the level of childlessness is relatively high for the women born in 1970 compared to their mother’s generation (1943), although comparable levels have been seen before during the 1920s.
Although there has been a small drop in childlessness for the more recent cohorts completing their childbearing, overall, levels of childlessness have been higher for the cohorts born between the mid 1950s to 1970 than for earlier generations.
The ONS has said this could be due to a decline in the number of women married, changes in the perceived costs and benefits of childrearing versus work and leisure activities, greater social acceptability of a childfree lifestyle and the postponement of decisions about whether to have children until it may be biologically too late.
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