For­mer First Lady’s re­veal­ing in­ter­view

Herald on Sunday - - WORLD - — Tele­graph Me­dia Group

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).

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