The retired athlete admits she doesn’t have the “energy” to adopt a child with wife Yulia Lemigova following her recent battle with throat and breast cancer.
Martina Navratilova became emotional when she confessed her adoption plans to her wife Julia Lemigova were “in waiting”. Partner of the 66-year-old tennis icon for almost 10 years and “The Real Housewives of MiamiThe 50-year-old star opened up about their possible adoption plans earlier in January, but after recently battling breast and throat cancer, Martina said she doesn’t think she’ll have a baby.
“We thought about adoption, but it’s definitely on hold and I don’t think it’s going to happen. I think it’s too difficult and I have so much energy right now,” she says.Piers Morgan Uncensored” in an interview that will air on Thursday, March 23.
She added that while adoption “was a good idea for a while,” her health struggles brought attention to the realities of the process. Martina said: “Actually, I’m not the youngest anymore, and I don’t want to be a playground grandmother. Forget it, I think there just isn’t enough space for it.”
Julia, who married Martina, who has a record 59 Grand Slam singles and doubles titles in 2014, spoke about their adoption plans on the reunion show The Real Housewives of Miami earlier last week, saying: “When you adopt a child, it has to be about the baby.”
“And right now, it’s all about Martina and her getting well. So we put it off. You know, we thought (that) at any moment the agency would call and give us the good news that we would have a baby … Instead, we are fighting two types of cancer. As if one wasn’t enough.”
Martina also told Pierce, 57, that she was officially “cancer cured” after she feared she “won’t see next Christmas” and beating the disease was “the hardest thing to do”. Navratilova said the dual diagnosis left her in total panic and added that she only had two weeks of radiation therapy left on her chest, which should leave her “fine.”
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