Big Brother 2014’s Penny Higgs breaks down in tears as she announces surprise pregnancy in emotional video after seven year IVF journey
She’s best known for being on season 11 of Big Brother in 2014.
And now, after seven years of a long and gruelling IVF journey, Penny Higgs has confirmed she’s expecting her first baby.
The 36-year-old posted her emotional announcement via a nine-minute video on YouTube.
Baby joy: After seven years of a long and gruelling IVF journey, Big Brother star Penny Higgs has confirmed she’s expecting her first child
‘I feel like it isn’t real, I’m so scared to say it and it makes it real but I’m actually having a baby…’ she said in between tears of joy.
‘My brain is struggling to believe that this is real. I’m looking at other people that are pregnant and I’m watching their journeys and I’m like, “Oh, wow.” And then I’m like, “Penny wake up, you stupid girl. It’s actually happening to you this time,”‘ she added.
In December 2019, the professional dancer told fans on Instagram that she has suffered from “unexplained infertility” in the past and experienced two miscarriages.
Emotional: The 36-year-old posted her emotional announcement via a nine-minute-long video on YouTube
She also explained that while she’d wanted to fall in love and have a baby in a conventional way, her desire to procreate lead her to decide to do so alone.
‘I am choosing to do this alone because I can no longer wait till I meet the right person,’ she said.
‘Of course I wanted love, of course I want that and I deserve that – but a healthy type of love.
‘If I wait until I meet the right person, I could miss out on my opportunity to be a mother,’ she revealed in a video about IVF.
‘I feel like it isn’t real, I’m so scared to say it and it makes it real but I’m actually having a baby…’ she said in between tears of joy
At the time she said the experience was her ‘toughest battle’, however she refused to ‘never’ give up.
Following an emotional seven years of ups and downs, she admitted: ‘My body is finally doing what it is meant to do.’
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Superstar: Penny appeared on the fifth season of Big Brother, where she placed fifth