Emma Thompson has opened up about her experiences with infertility.
Thompson and her husband, Gregg Wise, tried “for years” to have children and were initially blessed with a daughter named Gaia.
“After that, we tried to have another child, it didn’t work, and I went into a deep clinical depression.” Thompson said to ET. “Only now that I no longer count other people’s children or judge myself harshly for not providing my daughter with a sibling.”
She told another outlet that she “counted people’s children in the street and thought I’d never recover. But you do, of course.”
Her recovery took an unlikely turn, however. Wise said, “We tried IVF a few times after having [Gaia] and it didn’t work. IVF is very upsetting. It’s a brutal process and it’s very emotional. It’s really hard.”
Rather than give up, Thompson and Wise elected to adopt, and found their son in a 16-year-old former soldier from Rwanda.
“I’m very grateful the IVF didn’t work,” she said. “Because every day I’m grateful for Tindy.”
“So much joy, so much insight to share in his empathy and his understanding of the world,” she continued. “We laugh—and he helps me to laugh—at the weirdness of people, at the strangeness of life, at its cruelties and absurdities. It’s such a comfort.”