Mary Fitzgerald will take Selling Sunset viewers on her IVF journey with husband Romain Bonnet in the show’s upcoming seasons. In an exclusive interview with HollywoodLife, the real estate guru, 39, explained why the process has been delayed, and how she really feels about expanding her family.
“Things change every day for my life… Romain [age 26] and I need to do that, the embryo freezing, because I still didn’t get checked about a year, probably a year and a half ago now,” she said about a time when she was initially scheduled to start the IVF process. “But, I was supposed to do it and just haven’t really had time. And so, that is a priority. We have to just make sure that option is there whenever, and if ever we want to do it.”
Mary went on to note that the “embryo freezing” process is “hard,” admitting, “that’s why I haven’t done it.” She explained, “You have to do a bunch of shots to get your egg counts up, and it creates a ton of them, and they all drop so [doctors] can extract them. They look to find the best eggs and then they take Romain’s sperm, implant it and make it grow. So it’s an embryo, not just a single egg.”
She continued, “The chances are better with embryos for them to take. And since I would have no interest if I wasn’t doing it with Romain, in a couple of years, we’re not ready right now, but I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else. A lot of people say ‘just freeze your eggs because otherwise it can only be that person’s baby.’ But, I wouldn’t be doing it anyway if it wasn’t for him. I’m good. I’ve already done it,” she explained.
Mary is already mom to 22-year-old son, Austin from a previous relationship. “With my age, I don’t feel like it’s something I’m missing in my life. It’s not something I need so,” Mary said, adding, “But, ’embryo freezing] is something I would be willing to do.”
For her part, Mary is just trying to live in the present. “I’m not even thinking far ahead,” she said, admitting that embryo freezing “makes me nervous enough just going in to get it done.”
When asked if she’s ever considered surrogacy, Mary said she has given it thought. Though, “Romain thought I was crazy at first, when I mentioned that, and then, he understood the reasoning,” she said, explaining, “I mean I was 16 when I had my son and I was like my body’s not going to bounce back. Also, going through pregnancy and everything like that when I’m so busy. Why not [surrogacy]? If the technology’s there, I’m open to it,” Mary continued, noting, “It makes sense. But we haven’t made the decision that we are going to do it. But, I am open to it.”
Mary and Romain tied the knot in March 2018, and their engagement and nuptials were documented in Selling Sunset‘s first and second seasons. In March, Netflix announced that the hit real estate show was renewed for two additional seasons.