Spice Girl Emma Bunton was told her endometriosis diagnosis might make it difficult for her to have a baby.
Emma Bunton has opened up about her battle with endometriosis, a condition that affects the lining of the womb, revealing she was told by doctors at 25 she might struggle to get pregnant.
‘That nearly broke me,’ the pop star told Stella magazine. ‘I knew I had the right partner; I knew I wanted to be a mum. I didn’t give up hope, but it wasn’t happening.’
The singer, who is now a mum of two, thinks that competing on Strictly Come Dancing in 2006 helped her get pregnant with her first son Beau, now 11.
‘I have no idea whether it was doing all the exercise but I was so happy,’ she revealed. ‘Strictly got me pregnant.’
She took a pregnancy test when her doctor called her after watching her dancing on the show, saying she had a feeling Emma was pregnant.
‘She’d seen me on the television holding my hands over my stomach and she just had a feeling I was pregnant,’ Emma explained. ‘I did a test straight away and I was.’
Emma is set to marry her long-term partner, former Damage vocalist Jade Jones, at Old Marylebone Town Hall later this year.
The couple have been together for 20 years and engaged for eight. As well as Beau, they also have a seven-year-old son, Tate.
In an interview with Mark Wright for Extra in 2017, Emma opened up about their long engagement, saying, ‘He’s my soul mate, my confidant, it’s something I think we’d both like to do, but we’re just so unorganised.’
In another interview with Fabulous magazine, Emma blamed the delay on them both being Aquarians.
It looks like it’s going to be a busy year for Emma, who is set to release her fourth solo album, My Happy Place, next month before reuniting with her Spice Girls bandmates for a six-date UK tour in June.
Last year, the star even added ‘TV presenter’ to her CV when she joined Paul Hollywood to present The Great American Baking Show, the US version of The Great British Bake-Off. Emma described the role as her ‘dream job’.