Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black reveal sex of baby, hit back at surrogacy critics
Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black have revealed the sex of their baby, and hit back at critics over their decision to have a child via surrogacy.
The gay couple, who have been pilloried in the right-wing press after last month announcing they are expecting a child via surrogacy, spoke publicly for the first time about their decision on Fearne Cotton’s podcast Happy Place.
On the podcast, the pair announced the sex of the baby for the first time.
Tom revealed: “We’re going to have a little boy!”.
The pair also put on record some of the details about their child’s conception – confirming that they conceived the child via an egg donor using another woman, who has asked not to be named publicly, as a surrogate.
The pair also revealed that they don’t know and won’t find out which of them is the biological father, having both given sperm samples.
Daley said: “We had the names for our children within a week of knowing each other. From the beginning, we wanted a family.”
Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black added: “There’s no accidental children in this world. There’s no glass of wine, good night, and a baby nine months later. This has been off-and-on two and a half years [in the process].
“Try as we did and have, we just couldn’t get pregnant on our own! Every effort was made, let me tell you.”
Of the decision to use a surrogate, he said: “We have long debated how we build our family. I think part of it flows from… both of us have lost parents at an early age. That teaches you that there’s a connection to the past and the future when it comes to family. Children can help you connect to that.
“There’s just something for both of us, where we felt we’d like to complete that connection when creating our family and to have a biological connection to our past, to bring that into the present and let it grow into the future.
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