Sharon Marshall in tears over being ’embarrassed’ to tell pals about fertility issues

Sharon Marshall in tears over being ’embarrassed’ to tell pals about fertility issues

Sharon Marshall has broken down into floods of tears while opening up on her fertility struggles on Thursday 4 November.

The 50 year old, who recently reflected on the "best and worst" parts of the last decade, appeared on ITV's This Morning to sit across from co-stars Holly Willoughby, 40, and 59 year old Phillip Schofield and speak about her IVF journey.

Dressed in a leopard print top with pleather trousers, Sharon couldn't help but cry as she explained she was "depressed and ill emotionally and physically from repeated cycles of IVF" in her 40s.

Phillip then pointed out that she kept her struggles with fertility a secret for a very long time, not even telling her friends or colleagues about what she was going through.

He said: "You kept it to yourself. You didn't tell your work colleagues, you didn't tell your friends…"

Nodding her head, Sharon, who is mum to three year old daughter Betsey with fiancé Paul Fletcher, explained that she believes she felt embarrassed to talk about it as it made her feel like she had failed on some level.

She said: "And that's what I wanted to say today – things I wish I'd done differently. I hid it, I'm not sure why.

"I think I felt embarrassed. I think I felt that I wasn't innately woman, which is a ridiculous way to think because this is something you should do naturally.

"I felt almost stupid. I wasn't telling people at work, which was leading to problems because you're having to go off for scans and injections and things.

"I would suddenly not be available for meetings, not telling bosses, withdrawing from people, from my friends, not saying why I suddenly wasn't coming out or wanting to talk."

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"Keeping it all locked inside because I was embarrassed to say it. That was one of my biggest mistakes through it," she continued.

Sharon, who recently revealed her pal Alison Hammond offered to be her surrogate, went on: "Fertility is something that's supposed to happen naturally. You have happy, smiling babies everywhere and I think you feel almost like you're failing."

The TV personality then addressed viewers who might be going through something similar and urged them to "feel proud" for fighting for what they want.

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She said: "But that's what I wanted to say, looking back and anyone who is going through this – you should be so proud of yourself.

"Because you are working so hard and doing all this stuff. You are working and fighting, you're a warrior."

"I say that when people come to me and talk about it. I see this sort of pain in their eyes and I say, 'Please be proud of yourself, please realise what you're doing is amazing, you are amazing'," Sharon added.

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