Friday 22 September 2017

'It's not up for public discussion' - Kathryn Thomas won't be answering the baby question anymore

Kathryn Thomas hosts Epilepsy Ireland Charity Lunch at Fire Restaurant
Kathryn Thomas hosts Epilepsy Ireland Charity Lunch at Fire Restaurant
Kathryn Thomas hosts Epilepsy Ireland Charity Lunch at Fire Restaurant
Kathryn Thomas at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017 at The Marker Hotel Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin pictured in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
Kathryn Thomas outside The Late Late Show
Padraig McLoughlin and Kathryn Thomas at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017
Operation Transformation presenter Kathryn Thomas. Photo: Andres Poveda
Kathryn Thomas
Kathryn Thomas
The June issue of VIP Magazine
Kathryn Thomas at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Kathryn Thomas has had it with people asking about her family plans.

The RTE star (38) has been vocal in the past about being bombarded with questions about marriage and babies over the years - queries which she has always politely deflected - but after two decades in the limelight, she's had enough.

In a discussion about her potential family plans, the Operation Transformation host, who is engaged to her partner of four years Padraig McLoughlin, said she's done with the conversation.

"It's very much a subject for the couple. I understand why people ask, but it's not up for public discussion," she told VIP Magazine. "I would like to have a family if we were blessed with one. Let's leave it at that."

Padraig McLoughlin and Kathryn Thomas at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017
Padraig McLoughlin and Kathryn Thomas at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017

There was a time when asking a single woman if she was looking for love or a woman in a relationship if she was waiting for a ring or a woman with a ring if she wanted a baby, were all deemed appropriate questions to ask - whether you were a friend or an interviewer - but that time certainly isn't now.

You'd be hard pressed to find an interview with Kathryn Thomas when she wasn't asked about her biological clock and the popular presenter previously said she wishes "the female physiology would catch up with feminism", adding: "I think every woman is different and should figure out what they want for themselves."

Back in 2014, she called for Irish employers, including RTE, to follow in the footsteps of international tech firms like Google in paying for women to freeze their eggs. "Some might criticise a woman delaying having kids, but what if you're in the workforce and just haven't met the right partner yet? Why not take this precautionary measure?"

In nearly every case, she says she would like to have children if she was "blessed" to have one, but the time wasn't right yet - an admirably forthcoming answer to a very personal question, one she has answered numerous times over the years.

Kathryn Thomas
Kathryn Thomas

Perhaps the reason people feel so entitled to enquire about the most private aspect of her life is that she is often seen as one of the most down-to-earth Irish stars, someone who speaks from the heart, never moreso than when she is speaking about her fiancé, a man she says she still "fancies the pants off" and seems genuinely excited to marry - on their terms.

"It's not rainbows and stars all the time, but we have a very deep connection and a very deep love and he understands me," she says of her other half in the interview, before adding they haven't settled on a venue, a date or even a theme. But it seems that they have settled on the fact that they are building a solid relationship in order to spend the rest of their lives together.

So let's stop asking her about babies.

Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin pictured in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin pictured in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan

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