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“I’ve had some not so-happy, traumatic moments": Tyra Banks on her IVF struggle.

Difficult news for Tyra Banks.

Struggling to get pregnant can be a difficult time for any woman — and celebrities are no exception.

America’s Next Top Model judge Tyra Banks has revealed she has endured an unsuccessful series of IVF treatments, but is still holding onto hope she’ll have a large family someday.

Banks said of her IVF struggle: “It’s been really difficult.” (Photo: Instagram/@tyrabanks)

The retired model and television host told People magazine her IVF struggle has been “traumatic” at times.

“It’s been really difficult,” 41-year-old Banks told People in a candid, exclusive interview. “I’ve had some not-so-happy, traumatic moments.”

She added that she and her partner, 50-year-old photographer Erik Asla, would ideally like “a litter” of children.

“I don’t just want one child. I’d love a litter! Maybe they’ll be running the family business. I do want a legacy,” she said.

Banks (centre) in her role as judge for America’s Next Top Model.

Banks added that she’s been planning since her 20s to have children, but hasn’t found the right time.

“Since I was 24, I used to say every year, ‘I will have kids in three years,’” she said.

“But my business is very entrepreneurial, and I kept trying to find time for it to happen.

“Then, when you’re like, ‘I’m just going to do it,’ it’s not so easy.”

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Banks and her partner of two years, Erik Asla, at a function in November last year. (Photo: Getty Images)
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When she turned 40, she said, the one thing she realised she still wanted was children.

She told People: “I’m like, ‘Damn, the clock is ticking!'”

Banks said she had been wanting a family since her 20s.

The modelling veteran — who now her own cosmetics line, as well as a new talk show called Tyra Presents FABLife — is one of just seven women to have repeatedly ranked among the world’s most influential people by TIME.

She has been an advocate for diversity in the modelling industry and has also previously spoken out against abusive relationships.

We wish Tyra all the best.

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