Tina Malone and partner Paul have revealed they’ve changed their minds about picking the gender of the baby they’re planning via surrogate, one day after announcing their plans.
Tina made an appearance on Loose Women with Paul, where the couple revealed they decided to leave the baby’s gender to chance after the panellists called their decision to select the sex of the baby ‘controversial’.
‘I kind of feel that we’re pushing it picking the gender’, Paul said. ‘Over the last 24 hours I’ve decide we’re going to leave it to the lap of the gods.’
Responding to her husband’s statements, Tina still seemed unsure of their decision: ‘You all know I’m gobby, I’m a control freak but I’ll tell you we’ll discuss it when we get home.’
She finally came around and said at the end of the show: ‘I’m leaving it in the lap of the gods.’
The 54-year-old Shameless star confirmed earlier this week that she wants to use a surrogate to add to her family, and was originally planning to pick the gender of her baby.
Tina opened up in a new video on the Sunday Mirror website explaining that she wanted to have another child to give her two-year-old daughter Flame a sibling, and husband Paul, who is 20 years younger than her, another child.
Appearing on a white background, the mum-of-two looked glamorous a strappy top and smokey eye make up.
Speaking to the camera, Tina admitted she knows that becoming a mum again at 54 years old will be seen as controversial to some people, and expected to receive criticism for it.
‘Some will say I am selfish and irresponsible for having another child at 54.
‘They will moralise and abuse me – even more so for selecting the sex of our baby – and everyone is entitled to their opinion. But I don’t give two s***s for what they think.’
The TV star continued to validate her choice, saying that she didn’t want to become a mother for the third time for only her own sake, but also for the rest of the family.
‘I am doing this for Flame and for my husband, not just myself. I am healthy, of sound mind, solvent – and a b****y brilliant mother.’
Tina and her husband Paul on This Morning
Tina had previously spoken out about her hopes for a third child on Loose Women last year, as her eight frozen embryos are approaching their 10-year mark.
However, at the time Paul was not keen on the idea of her giving birth herself.
Tina said, ‘I’ve got to be honest, it’s a big debate… People speak about the sleepless nights – sometimes I wake up and wait for her to wake up at 2 in the morning.
‘The doctor told me I am fit and healthy enough to have another child. My husband says if I buy him an Aston Martin, I can have another one. I told him I’d want triplets for that!’
Tina already has a 36-year-old daughter, Danielle, from a previous marriage, as well as her daughter Flame, two, with partner Paul.