Emily Ratajkowski is planning on growing her family, with or without a romantic partner.
The model revealed in a subscriber-only Q&A with her fans that she hopes to give her son, Sylvester, a sibling in the future. When asked about raising children without a father in the picture, she replied, “I thought about this a lot. A lot of my friends have gotten their eggs frozen just to buy themselves some more time, do the careers they want, meet the potential partner they want, but also I know a lot of people had IVF because they weren’t able to get pregnant naturally.”
She went on to explain that, during a recent doctor visit, the topic of freezing her eggs came up. “My [mother] naturally got pregnant with me at 38 so it never crossed my mind, that part of it,” Ratajkowski explained. “I think I definitely would like to have more children—I really love being a mom. I’m not sure I’m going to find somebody that I want to raise a child with.”
The My Body author went on to share that, “A friend of mine—a very famous friend with many sisters—when I told her I was getting divorced, was like, ‘Don’t worry, like, guys are not deterred by you having a child.’ And guess what? She was right.” Ratajkowski shares her two-year-old son with her ex-husband, Sebastian Bear-McClard. The pair divorced in July 2022 after four years of marriage. The Gone Girl star explained that she hasn’t struggled to get a date since the split because, “In general, it’s not like guys are like, ‘Oh, my God, I don’t wanna be a stepdad’—that’s too much pressure. I’m so sorry to say this—men think with their dicks. And they’re just not that advanced.”
She added, “Like a woman would be like, ‘I don’t even know if I can go on a first date with this guy—he has two kids.’ Guys are just not there. So they’ll be in love with you and they’ll be like, ‘Oh, shit, she has two kids—guess I’m a stepdad.’ I’m not saying, like, that’s good. I’m just saying don’t worry about that. That shouldn’t be a deciding factor in whether you have a child or not on your own because they’re just not thinking like that.”
Emily Ratajkowski concluded, “I want to be careful about how I say this because I think that having two people raise a child can be really important. I think that, you know, having a father is important. But I also just want to say that I know quite a few women who have done it on their own, and they’ve done incredible jobs and they are fantastic mothers and they have wonderful kids, and I personally have really liked parenting on my own. So I, personally, wouldn’t be afraid of getting pregnant and giving birth as a single woman.”
This post was originally published in Vanity Fair.