After a long struggle to conceive, Chrissy Teigen and her husband John Legend are expecting their first child together later this year.
And while promoting her new cookbook Cravings, the 30-year-old expectant mum revealed that she and Legend had selected their bub’s gender while undergoing IVF.
Speaking to People, Chrissy shared “I’ve made this decision. Not only am I having a girl, but I picked the girl from her little embryo. I picked her and was like ‘Let’s put in the girl.'”
“I think I was most excited and allured by the fact that John would be the best father to a little girl. That excited me…And this girl is going to be so completely lucky to have John as her papa — it’s crazy!”
Needless to say, the announcement resulted in a barrage of criticism, with followers posting…
“I do think it’s sad people would pick a specific gender / prefer a specific gender”
“Did you choose the hair and the eye colour too @chrissyteigen … SMH [shaking my head] messing with the natural blessings from God. I liked you a lot …”
The star hit back in a series of tweets, even making a joke about appearance and taste selection:
The couple’s decision was however supported by many of their fans, with comments including…
“Don’t worry about haters. They generally are the ones that have never struggled with infertility!!!!”
“I’m so glad you get to experience being a Mommy. It’s beautiful and painful and the best ever. You’ll do it beautifully”
“I think it’s incredibly brave to be open about infertility & the fact that you’re at all able to conceive/carry is a miracle.”
Chrissy has been open about her struggle to conceive in the past, sharing on Fablife last year that “We would have had kids five, six years ago if it had happened. But my gosh, it’s been a process.”
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