Dancer Loraine Barry has said coming to terms with the fact that she would not have a family was a "desperately sad" period of her life.
The Dancing with the Stars judge suffered three miscarriages in her thirties and said it was very difficult to accept that being a mother was not "her destiny".
The 52-year-old star opened up about her heartache in an interview with The Sunday World, in which she spoke about her relationship with dancer Luca Baricchi, who she met after her marriage to dancer Andrew Sinkinson ended in 1993.
Speaking to the publication Loraine said: "From 2004 to 2010 we were always trying for a family and I sadly had three miscarriages.
"Sometimes you just hear unfortunate stories, especially dancers, that they have difficulty. But I was 35-plus then and obviously it becomes a bit more difficult," she said.
The star and her former partner made the decision to stop trying for a family after Loraine's third miscarriage and the dancer said she had to come to terms with the fact that motherhood wasn't going to happen for her.
"At the time you do feel desperately sad about it.
"But sometimes it's not on the cards, it's not my destiny to have that so therefore I moved on," she said.
While Loraine has been a shining addition to RTE's debut season of Dancing with the Stars, but the star is now based in London with her partner Peter.
Speaking of her partner, Loraine said their relationship is much different than any she's ever been in before, as Peter works in finance, not dance.
"He's got nothing to do with dancing, which is wonderful really because I've never had that before in my life.
"I've always been involved with my dance partners, so to have another life outside of dancing creates great balance and that's what I feel now, that I have that great balance in my life."
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