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Rebel Wilson shares why she used a surrogate to welcome her first child

Jess Battison

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Rebel Wilson shares why she used a surrogate to welcome her first child

Featured Image Credit: Featured image credit: Instagram/@rebelwilson

In November 2022, Rebel Wilson and her partner, Ramona Agruma, became mums to their adorable baby girl, Royce Lillian.

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The 43-year-old is well-known for films such as the Pitch Perfect franchise, The Hustle and Bridesmaids.

She met Agruma in 2021 after being set up by a mutual friend.

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The pair went public with their relationship in an Instagram post in June 2022, where Wilson wrote: “I thought I was searching for a Disney Prince… but maybe what I really needed all this time was a Disney Princess.”

The Aussie actor later proposed to Agruma in Disneyland, California with a beautiful Tiffany’s ring.

When Wilson was nearly 40, she decided to freeze her eggs.

But she’s now spoken about the concerns she had that led to Agruma and her using a surrogate.

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Rebel and Royce. Credit: Instagram/@rebelwilson
Rebel and Royce. Credit: Instagram/@rebelwilson

In 2020, the star had a ‘year of health’ which all started because she knew she ‘really did want to become a mother’.

She explained to TODAY: “But at that time I didn’t have a partner and so I went to the fertility doctor. He kind of looks me up and down and says ‘oh well you’d have a much better chance if you were healthier’. I was so angry at first.

“And then I was like, ‘Hang on, I am putting a lot of things into my body and a lot of toxins that I don’t need’.”

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After her inspiring ‘health journey’, Wilson lost 80 pounds and started IVF.

However, despite doing everything the doctors suggested and feeling ‘awesome’, it sadly didn’t work.

"I was lucky to get an embryo from the process because of my age and because I have polycystic ovary syndrome," Wilson said.

Royce was born in November 2022. Credit: Instagram/@rebelwilson
Royce was born in November 2022. Credit: Instagram/@rebelwilson
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"With just one embryo, I decided to go with surrogacy. Physically I could have carried the baby, but there was a much higher statistical chance it would work with surrogate."

On the day Royce was born, Wilson says the moment she held her baby and cut the umbilical cord was ‘just amazing’.

She introduced little Royce to the world in an Instagram post, calling her a ‘beautiful miracle’.

The Aussie gave thanks to everyone involved, writing: “But particularly wanted to thank my gorgeous surrogate who carried her and birthed her with such grace and care. Thank you for helping me start my own family, it’s an amazing gift. The BEST gift!!”

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At eight months old, Royce has started talking with her first word as ‘mom’. Although, Agruma and Wilson are still yet to figure out which one of them will be mom.

“I’d love for mine to be mommy though,” Wilson said. “Or mum.”

Topics: Celebrity, Pregnancy, Parenting, Rebel Wilson

Jess Battison
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