My friends pressure me to freeze my eggs– but I’m too busy loving life, says BBC’s Alex
‘I get asked all the time why I’m single’
TV host alex Scott has revealed that friends are pressuring her to freeze her eggs – telling her she’s ‘not getting any younger’.
The sports presenter, who is 36 and single, says she has been toying with the idea but for now is too busy enjoying life.
Miss Scott, the first female host of BBC1’s Football Focus, made the admission as she graced the cover of Women’s Health.
Speaking about freezing her eggs, the former footballer told the magazine: ‘It’s still something I go back and forth with. Sometimes, my friends put pressure on me: “alex, you’re not getting any younger, you need to do this”.
‘But right now, I’m loving life – so why add pressure on myself because other people are saying it’s time now to freeze your eggs?’ Her comments come after last week’s move by the government to allow women to freeze their eggs for 55 years – up from ten now – to ease the pressure of the ‘ticking biological clock’.
Miss Scott also spoke of the pressures of being a single woman in her 30s. She said: ‘I get that all the time: “Why are you single?” Like, sorry, do I have to be with someone?!
‘On my days off, all I want to do is hang out with my girlfriends, go out to a theatre show, listen to music, or have a couple of wines. I’m not going to apologise for being single.
‘With a woman’s decision to get her eggs frozen – you do it for you, forward-planning, why be ashamed of that? It’s [about] taking away those stigmas that other people put on you.’ Miss Scott, who appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2019, said she had received abuse from online trolls, and had turned to a therapist to help. She added: ‘going to therapy was absolutely the most enlightening thing I’ve ever done in my life. I love it. I will never stop.
‘I was in a really dark place… I was lonely. I’d go home and it felt like I was all on my own. [I’d think], I’ve got no one to talk to, no one knows what I’m experiencing or going through.’
Read the full Alex Scott interview in the October issue of Women’s Health UK, on sale now