Ten years ago, ARIA Award-winning singer and performer Tina Arena endured the first of three miscarriages after the birth of her son, Gabriel, in 2005.
She was all alone – her long-term partner, Vincent Mancini, was more than 1000km away sailing along the Italian coast – and rode the bus to and from the hospital by herself after dropping her young son off at a London daycare.
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Despite having two more miscarriages, Tina and Vincent always hoped to have more children.
But when the singer – now 49 – went into ‘early menopause’ after finishing third on Dancing With The Stars in 2013, she realised her dream would never become a reality.
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It’s something the beloved Italian-born singer has approached with the same grace and stoicism that has kept fans enraptured with her career since she first appeared on Australian screens in 1976.