“I was absolutely convinced I wasn’t going to be a mum and it was really really difficult for me because my first husband didn’t want to have children,” the author, columnist and former magazine editor told Mia Freedman in the latest episode of No Filter.
“But I kept thinking he’d grow up and realise he did want children. When I finally accepted that no, he didn’t, that’s when I finally found the courage to leave him and end the relationship.”
By the time she met her current husband, Alderson, now 57, thought she’d left it too late.
“Just before I left Australia [in 2001] part of my reasons for leaving actually, was I was about to start IVF and I couldn’t go through with it because a friend of mine in New York was having it and she was emailing me every day and telling me about what she was going through and the effects and the hormones,” the 57 year old says.
“I thought ‘I’ve just got to accept it, I’m having an amazing life, I will continue to have an amazing life and children aren’t in my path’.
“So when Peggy came along [when I was 42 years old], it was just the most wonderful, wonderful surprise.”