Loose Women was branded “insensitive” by viewers after they aired an interview with Gemma Collins about her struggle to conceive straight after Dawn O’ Porter gushed about becoming a mother for the second time.
Collins, 36, opened up about her fears of never having children after being dealt the devastating news that she is unable to freeze her eggs as she has a low count.
The emotional interview came minutes after O’Porter spoke about her pregnancy and revealed how having children was never the top of her priorities.
Viewers expressed their discomfort at the scheduling with one tweeting: “Bit insensitive having Gemma sat next to a pregnant Dawn O'Porter when Gemma is on talking about fertility issues don't you think! (sic).”
Have @loosewomen really got a pregnant guest gushing about babies & one that may not be able to have kids on the same show? 👀— Juyey (@juyeybats) April 6, 2017
@loosewomen 2 guests one that's pregnant and one talking about potentially not being able to have children with fertility issues - gd choice— ❤⭐❤ Teresa ❤⭐❤ (@treezuk) April 6, 2017
Collins opened up about her fears of never having children. She said she was so desperate to achieve a “family unit” that she would go to a bar in search of a man.
The TOWIE regular said: “All of my friends have got children. Every weekend I’m on my own. I was like ‘what if I never meet that man or have children? What if I never become a mum?’ I started feeling really unfulfilled and going into a bar and going ‘will he be alright to have a baby with?’ I was living a nightmare situation.”
Collins said she was planning to freeze her eggs, but was told on camera that her egg count was too low to consider freezing.
“I thought, is it something I’ve done?” she said. “You start beating yourself up. But the doctor said from the day you’re born you’ve got so many eggs and there is nothing you can do about it.”
Collins said that she is trying to remain “positive” and that she would consider an egg donor or adoption if she couldn’t conceive naturally – but she is still hoping to meet a man to have children with.
“I really, really hope and pray every night that I'm going meet this wonderful person that I’m going to fall in love with,” she said.
“But if I don't ever meet that man then I will go on to have a baby on my own because I have a lot of love to give to a child.
"As much as I’d love the dream of the family unit, if it doesn’t happen I will go ahead and do it on my own, nothing's going to stop me.
“I will have a child one day but I just don’t know how yet.”
Standard Online has contacted ITV for comment.