Australian singer and actress, Natalie Imbruglia, has described becoming a mother late in life has given her a sense of purpose
The 46-year-old said in a recent interview with the Australian Telegraph’s Stellar magazine that having her son Max, now two, was the ‘most incredible thing’ that has happened to her.
She took the decision to have a child as a single woman using IVF and a sperm donor – and has no regrets about the decision.
She said: “Becoming a parent is the most incredible thing that’s ever happened to me. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was a little girl.
“It has given me a great sense of peace.”
Natalie revealed her pregnancy via her Instagram page, saying: “No, I haven’t swallowed a watermelon. I am expecting my first child. I am blessed that this is possible with the help of IVF and a sperm donor.”
The Australian native has lived in London for several years and recently released new music following a musical hiatus.
Natalie is one of a growing number of women who decided to have children later in life.
Several celebrities have had children in their 40s and 50s, including Janet Jackson who gave birth to her first child at 50, Halle Berry had both of her children in her 40s and Nicole Kidman, who has been candid about her fertility issues, had her two children in her early 40s.
It is believed many women wait to have children as they want to fulfill a career, never met the right life partner, or simply did not realise that waiting until their late 30s or early 40s meant a risk of them not being able to conceive as easily as a woman in their 20s.
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