Anton Du Beke wife: Strictly star talks family struggles with partner: ‘It’s horrible’
Anton Du Beke, 53, recently spoke about their relationship during an appearance on ITV’s Loose Women earlier this month. The Strictly Come Dancing star admitted over the years the pair have faced fertility struggles and what he witnessed his wife go through was “horrible”.
Anton was delighted when he became a dad for the first time at the age of 51, as he welcomed his twins – son George and daughter Henrietta – with his wife Hannah Summers, 42.
But the Strictly Come Dancing favourite has revealed it was not an easy time for the couple as Hannah struggled to conceive.
The ballroom professional has opened up about his wife’s “massive problems with endometriosis” which resulted in the twins being conceived by IVF.
Speaking on the show, Loose Women panellist Nadia Sawalha asked the dancer: “We know how tough it is for men to watch women go through labour. But to watch your wife go through IVF?”
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The ballroom professional replied: “It was horrible. I’m in awe of Hannah. You have to have injections all the time.
“You have them in your stomach. But they’re not little, invisible needles. They’re blunt things that they ram in. You have to get them in your backside.”
Nadia quizzed further: “Did you do any of the injections?”
Anton revealed he had to help his wife go through the rigorous process, saying: “I had to do [the injections] for her. Especially the ones in her behind.”
He then placed his head in his hands, as he sighed: “I’m thinking please don’t hurt her. But [the injections] do hurt. It’s so hard to do it but of course, what am I worried about?”
A visibly emotional Anton continued: “She’s the one who has to go through the pain.”
The Strictly pro joined the Loose Women panel earlier this month, in respect of Fertility Week, which aims to change perceptions, provide support and raise funds for everyone struggling with futility issues.
His partner Hannah was diagnosed with endometriosis in her early 20s and has suffered from the condition ever since.
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According to the NHS, Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Symptoms vary and can include severe pelvic pain as well as difficulty getting pregnant.
Speaking to The Independent, Anton said he is now a firm believer about the importance of being open regarding fertility struggles.
He explained: “Endometriosis is one of those silent things that women go through on their own. Which they shouldn’t. I don’t know why they do. They should stand up and talk about it. Because so many women go through it.
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“It’s a funny old thing, I remember when I was competing as a dancer, and you look around and you think, everybody’s got it better than you.”
A month after Hannah gave birth to the twins in May 2017, Anton whisked her away to get married.
“I just had this urge. It was our fifth year of being together and it felt like the moment. Together for five years, we’re getting married,” he said.
Loose Women airs weekdays on ITV at 12:30pm.
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