Former First Lady’s revealing interview
Michelle Obama, the former first lady of the United States, has revealed that she used IVF treatment to conceive her daughters, after a miscarriage. In a deeply personal interview, the wife of former president Barack Obama, also said the pair had undergone marriage counselling. Obama also said she would “never forgive” Donald Trump for endangering her family by escalating claims that her husband was not born in America, triggering a new row with the president yesterday. The revelations were made both in her new memoir, Becoming, which will be published this week and an interview with ABC News. They provide an intimate portrayal of a relationship that sat at the heart of the White House for eight years during Obama’s presidency, which ended in January 2017. During the ABC News interview, she discussed the struggles she had in conceiving early in her marriage and how suffering a miscarriage left her feeling “lost and alone”. “I felt like I failed because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about them,” she said. The pair eventually turned to IVF which led to the conception of her daughters, Malia and Sasha, now 20 and 17. “I think it’s the worst thing that we do to each other as women, not share the truth about our bodies and how they work.” The memoir fulfils half of a deal that publisher Penguin Random House struck with the Obamas for each of them to publish a book, reportedly for a sum worth more than $60 million ($89m).