Brigitte Nielsen defends her decision to have a baby at age 54, saying ‘it’s my life’.

The actor and model, gave birth to her fifth child – Frida – in June after 10 years of IVF treatment.

It’s her first child with husband Mattia Dessi, age 39.

She  has responded to critics who say she is ‘too old’ to have a baby.

Speaking to People magazine, she said: “Some women think, ‘Oh my God, I’m too old.’ Well, yeah, I can understand people saying, ‘How dare she?’

Our precious little Frida, our true love. ❤️

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“But how many men have their first kids in their 60s and 70s and they never doubt it?”

“Do I understand that [people] are a bit skeptical? Yes, I understand. I also totally respect the fact that not everybody likes it and agrees with it, but it is my life,” she says.

She froze her eggs at age 40 when she and Dessi first met.

“There is a huge disappointment. If you do IVF, 80 percent of the time, it doesn’t work. It’s that phone call going, ‘It’s negative.’ It’s the waiting. It’s a lot. It’s a big, big journey,” she told the publication.

“Another thing is it is expensive. It doesn’t come easy or cheap if you do it my way. I want people to know that.”

Adding that she is a bit worried about what people will think when her daughter starts school.

“I might not take her to school when the time comes. I’ll let my husband do it, because I don’t want people to say, ‘Is that your grandmother taking you to school?’ ” Nielsen tells PEOPLE. I don’t want her to feel bad.”

family getting larger ❤️ #me #family #brigittenielsen #babybump A post shared by Brigitte Nielsen (@realbrigittenielsen) on

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  • I hope she is a super fit lady as it isn’t long before your baby starts to get heavy to carry around when they start wriggling around or want to get down to crawl or walk and you have to keep up the pace when they really start moving around. I never realised how fast some babies can crawl. Some start running not long after learning to walk – that was a shock and a challenge, especially when they started to test the boundaries.


  • It’s her business and good on Brigitte for bringing another beautiful life into the world. A baby that will be looked after no doubt.


  • She is well aware of what to expect as this is her fifth baby. And if she was willing to give her younger husband a family and to endure IVF for so many years, who are we to say she is wrong? The child will be well looked after as she has the funds to do so.


  • A lot of what she says (particularly about IVF) is very true, but it’s also reasonable that people have some concerns. The risks for mum and baby are quite high, and of course it means she’ll be around for less of her child’s life.


  • She compares men and women having kids at 50+, but there’s no comparison because it seems tge woman carrying tge baby to term, the woman giving birth, breast feeding. It’s a hard slog an a woman’s body at any age, not so for men, 30 seconds and their bit is done


  • Well she still looks fab for 54


  • I think it would be a lot harder being a new mum at that age, but I’m sure she has lots of support and they are both obviously very happy.


  • Brigitte Nielsen has always lived life on her own terms. Not sure why this concerns her critics.


  • I’m 54 and would love to have a baby too, but my time is over and I accept that. Yep and being called grandma when you’re an older mum is part of my life too, it doesn’t bother me much though, I’m proud to be a mum. My kids certainly don’t feel bad to have an older mum and they love it when I come to school.

    • I don’t know this lady, but what a beautiful skin she still has with 54yrs !

      • She’s a Danish actress. If you Google her I am sure you will recognize her from some movies, like Rocky 4.

      • Brigitte has led an interesting life. Read an interesting article on her before this one was posted.


  • I know I wouldn’t do it. Honestly I think my cut off point will be 40. If she is happy, great and I hope her family is happy. I just feel she will be physically unable to be able to some things at 54 that she would do when she was a younger mum.


  • I personally think it’s too old to have a child over 50.. but each to their own.


  • Quite unique to become mother at 54. But she’s happy and I’m sure she will take the best care of her little child. :-)


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