Sunday 24 June 2018

'I watched the edit with a friend and she started crying' - Vogue Williams films aftermath of her anxiety attack for new series

Vogue's new series kicks off on Tuesday

Vogue: Going It Alone, RTE2, Tuesday October 3, 10pm
Vogue: Going It Alone, RTE2, Tuesday October 3, 10pm
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Vogue Williams has revealed that one episode of her upcoming new documentary series opens with her dealing with the aftermath of a panic attack.

The 31-year old model and presenter explores several issues for the three-part series including women who have chosen to be mothers via sperm donation, anxiety and other related disorders, and the modern phenomena of online ‘sugar dating’.

The episode about anxiety opens with Vogue recovering from an anxiety attack and she says she shared it to show people that her life is not perfect.

“I watched the edit with a friend and she started crying,” she told the RTE Guide.

Vogue: Going It Alone, RTE2, Tuesday October 3, 10pm
Vogue: Going It Alone, RTE2, Tuesday October 3, 10pm

“People probably think from looking at my Instagram account that I live this perfect, easy life.

“No one’s life is like that. You put the best part of you out there. It’s fine not to be perfect.”

She added that she is “not struggling with her anxiety at the moment” although it is still present in her life and will be in future.

However, she said that attending therapy sessions is “healthy and helpful” for her and she knows she can call her therapist if she’s having a tough time with anxiety.

Vogue: Going It Alone, RTE2, Tuesday October 3, 10pm
Vogue: Going It Alone, RTE2, Tuesday October 3, 10pm

The new series kicks off on RTE2 on Tuesday night, and the first episode ‘Vogue: Going It Alone’ explores fertility and the options available to women who want to, or have, to parent alone.

She travels to the World’s largest sperm bank, responsible for over 1,500 Irish babies and gets a better understanding of why the men donate. She also meets sperm donor Ed Houben, who currently has 118 children, and will only donate the natural way, through sex.

The emotional and ethical questions of anonymous sperm donation are hotly debated when Vogue meets donor conceived activist, Joanne Rose who has been searching for her father for over 20 years.

She asks whether or not she would have a baby alone if her relationship (she’s currently dating reality TV star Spencer Matthews) did not work out. 

In the course of the programme Vogue also has her own fertility tested.

 “I’ve been on the pill for 12 years and really thought that would affect my fertility and as a result I got my fertility checked for the show,” she told the RTE Guide.

“If you’re planning kids in your future, why not get it checked? It’s not overly invasive.”

She also revealed that she would consider freezing her eggs because she would definitely like to have children.

 “I do think it’s going to happen and if I’m not in a relationship then I would try to make sure it would happen for me.”

The third episode, ‘Vogue: For Love or Money’ sees her exploring digital dating and specifically ‘sugar dating’ which is when rich older men are matched with young attractive women.

She meets young sugar babies in Ireland and abroad.

Vogue: Going It Alone airs 10pm, RTE2, Tuesday October 3.

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