BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE VIA @NICOLAADAMS ON INSTAGRAM
After two unsuccessful rounds of IVF, Olympic boxer Nicola Adams and her girlfriend, Ella Baig, are expecting their first child. Sharing their delightful news on Instagram, the couple shared that they were “excited” to announce their “family is expanding”. Yay!
“After what feels like a lifetime, we can finally say we’re going to be parents! We’re so excited to share this magical journey with you all, the ups, the downs, everything in between. Welcome to the world little one”, the pair penned in a joint Instagram post. N’aw.
On Valentine’s Day, Nicola shared a heart-warming post dedicated to her partner, sharing: “We’re a team. Whatever you lack, I got you. I’ll keep you motivated and at the top, always. Happy Valentine’s Day”. Becoming the first woman to win a boxing medal at the 2021 Olympics, Nicola identifies as a lesbian. Competing in Series 18 of Strictly Come Dancing as the first contestant to complete with a same-sex partner, Nicola clarified her sexuality after multiple news outlets falsely labelled her as bisexual.
In an interview with Vogue UK, Nicola opened up about their IVF journey: “We both knew we wanted kids from the beginning, but it wasn’t until about a year into our relationship that we started to have more serious conversations about it. For us, it was more complicated than it would be for a straight couple and there were a lot of different factors to consider. Who was going to carry the baby? Whose egg were we going to use? And what about the sperm?”
“I think there’s still a stigma attached to the IVF process and, for same-sex couples, there’s an additional layer of complexity. All of this needs to be spoken about more widely. People need to be educated about this process so that they’re not going into it completely blind. The information is out there but we really had to dig for it. We hope that at least one person finds solace in our story. If you’re a same-sex couples going through this chapter of your lives, know that you’re not alone”.
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