Rebel Wilson’s self-proclaimed "Year of Health" has had its ups and downs for the actor. When she began in early December 2020, Wilson told Instagram followers she wanted to improve her overall health (body and mind) with the goal of freezing her eggs for future fertility options.
While Rebel has been candid about how her healthier lifestyle has led to some weight loss and how much better she's feeling mentally, she recently revealed one of her goals may be facing a setback.
“I got some bad news today and didn’t have anyone to share it with,” she wrote on Instagram, “but I guess I gotta tell someone. To all the women out there struggling with fertility, I feel ya. The universe works in mysterious ways and sometimes it all doesn’t make sense...but I hope there’s light about to shine through all the dark clouds.”
The Pooch Perfect host, who’s been open and generous in sharing how she feels about her health goals on social media, received an outpouring of support from fans, both famous and not.
“So sorry my love. Been through it,” wrote Wilson’s Pitch Perfect co-star Alexis Knapp, while Sharon Stone encouraged Rebel to stay positive. "Been there repeatedly there is good news I have three beautiful sons," she commented.
“Your vulnerability is inspiring,” wrote another follower. “I hope these droves of supportive messages raise your chin just a little. The dark clouds are only temporary.”
Rebel edited the caption to add an update hours later thanking everyone for their offering of support and for sharing their own stories.
"I woke up this morning and read through everyone’s kind messages and stories about their journeys and I can’t tell you how much that meant to me and has made me feel a lot better today," she wrote. "Social media for the win here in terms of creating connection when I was in a very lonely place. So thank you everyone."
Wilson is among a growing group of celebrities who are opening up about struggles surrounding fertility and pregnancy.
In late 2020, both Chrissy Teigen and Meghan Markle shared that they’d experienced miscarriages. In March of 2021, Halsey addressed rumours that her pregnancy was unplanned by once again candidly discussing her struggles with conception and endometriosis.
An increase in honest revelations about infertility among celebs should be applauded in terms of what it can do to encourage other would-be parents to share and seek support for their own fertility struggles.
It’s a small step forward in the larger conversation about the pressures women face when it comes to conception and motherhood — a pressure that can come from every direction whether someone wants children or not.
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