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Pregnant man announces split from wife of 9 years

London, Fri, 20 Apr 2012 ANI

London, Apr 20 (ANI): Thomas Beatie, who is known as 'The Pregnant Man' across the world, has announced his split from his wife of nine years.

The 38-year-old revealed the breakup from his wife Nancy during a taping of the syndicated CBS show 'The Doctors'.

He also admitted during the interview that he had undergone his final gender reassignment surgery from female to male.

"Nancy hasn't seen the new me yet," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

"Like all marriages, we have our ups and downs, and we're going through a rough patch right now.

"At the moment, we're separated," he said.

Beatie was born as a woman, Tracy Lagondino, in Hawaii in 1974, but said he always felt like he wanted to be a man.

When he was in his twenties he began having testosterone injections, giving him facial hair, a lower voice and altering his sexual organs.

In 2002 he had a mastectomy and legally became a man - but he chose to keep his vagina, uterus and other female sexual organs so the couple could have children, as his wife had had a hysterectomy.

He posed for an infamous picture in 2007, which showed him as heavily pregnant but with facial hair.

"I wanted to have a child one day. I didn't know how. It was just a dream," he told Oprah on her show four years ago.

In an interview in March of this year Beatie and Nancy explained the stresses and strains they faced on a daily basis since coming into the public eye.

"We have had a rough ride.

"We have had death threats, crazies. I've been called a freak. The really nasty stuff has come online, with email, Facebook and YouTube.

"Some of it has just been weird - such as people going to Hallowe'en parties dressed as me, "The Pregnant Man".

"Some of it has been terrifying. One man has made videos pretending he has kidnapped Susan. He has a Susan doll and he hits her over and over. It's sick. The FBI have been involved and they monitor things for us. The world is full of crazy people and we have to have our wits about us," he said.

The couple bought sperm from an anonymous donor and Beatie underwent artificial insemination. After an ectopic pregnancy that led to emergency surgery, he eventually fell pregnant with Susan in late 2007.

He had his next two children in quick succession, as he only had a short window of not taking testosterone. (ANI)


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