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Chrissy Teigen defends herself against criticism for choosing the sex of her baby when undergoing IVF

Sasha Brady

Published 25/02/2016 | 14:31

Musician John Legend (R) and model Chrissy Teigen have received backlash for announcing that they have chosen the sex of their baby. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Musician John Legend (R) and model Chrissy Teigen have received backlash for announcing that they have chosen the sex of their baby. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Model and TV presenter Chrissy Teigen has defended herself against the backlash she received for announcing that she had chosen the gender of her baby when undergoing IVF treatment.

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The 30-year-old and her musician husband, John Legend, are expecting their first child together in October, after years of fertility struggles.

The Sports Illustrated model recently announced that she had chosen the sex of her baby.

"I've made this decision," she told People magazine. "Not only am I having a girl, but I picked the girl from her little embryo. I picked her and was like, 'Let's put in the girl.'"

However, not long after Chrissy's decision was made public, many took to social media to criticise her, suggesting that she's handpicking qualities that she wants, rather than letting nature take its course.

The outspoken model took to Twitter to defend her choice.

Chrissy said she made the decision because she believes her husband deserves “the bond” he will have with a daughter.

“I think I was most excited and allured by the fact that John would be the best father to a little girl. That excited me. It excited me to see… just the thought of seeing him with a little girl. I think he deserves a little girl. I think he deserves that bond.

“A boy will come along. We’ll get there too, so it’s not like we really have to pick. But he definitely is very lucky to have a little girl. And this girl is going to be so completely lucky to have John as her papa – it’s crazy.”

In a separate tweet, she said, "What year is this!? And for the record, I am always happy and open to speak on infertility. The more casual, the better! I don't mind."

As the backlash continued, she said, "I also picked the embryo with a taste for bacon, a knack for magic and size 7 feet so she can always find shoes."

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