The Heartbreaking Reason TLC’s Whitney Way Thore Doesn’t Think She’ll Have Kids

Two years ago, Whitney Way Thore, star of “My Big Fat Fabulous Life,” made the decision to freeze her eggs. However, in a recent interview with E! News, she expressed doubts about her plans for parenthood, saying, “I just don’t think it’s in the cards for me.”

Thore had decided to freeze her eggs due to anxiety about the possibility of losing her chance to have children, as she explained to E! News at the time. She believed that freezing her eggs would relieve some of that pressure. She acknowledged that life has its own timeline, stating, “I’ve got to remember that life has a timeline all of its own, so I’m kind of open to anything.”

Recently, she revealed that she’s considering the possibility that motherhood might not be a part of her future. She expressed her feelings, saying, “I was just crying about this yesterday. My goal would have always been to have a child with a partner. Single motherhood is probably not something that I’m interested in.”

With her dating life currently not going well, Thore has started to let go of her dream of a traditional family. She mentioned, “My eggs are still on ice. So, I mean, if I met somebody tomorrow, and we decided…” before trailing off. “But, even then, I would still want years with a person.”

As her milestone 40th birthday approaches next April, Thore finds it difficult to accept the possibility that her dream of motherhood might never come true. She shared, “It’s hard to come to terms with feeling like that really, legitimately is not going to happen, and that, for me, biologically, pretty soon it will be an impossibility. And then that’s just it, it’s done.”

Although not every woman dreams of having children, Thore had always envisioned a future filled with parenting responsibilities. She expressed her sadness, saying, “I’m really sad about the fact that I just don’t think it’s in the cards for me. I’m like, God, people have babies all the time, it’s the easiest most natural thing in the world and somehow it just never happened for me?”

The loss of her mother, Barbara “Babs” Thore, last December adds to the weight of this reality for Thore. She referred to a poem by Rupi Kaur that she recently read, saying, “She was saying, if I yelled at the sky long enough, could my mother come back to me as my child so I could give her all the love she gave me?” These words deeply resonated with Thore, and she added, “I just lost it. I mean, I would love if I could mother someone the way that she mothered me.”

Thore’s mother, Babs, had battled cerebral amyloid angiopathy, a condition that leads to strokes and can result in dementia, before her passing. Thore also began to consider practical aspects of her future, especially when she’s older and potentially without a husband. She said, “I started to think in a practical way about what about when I’m old. I mean, Lord, hope I’ll be married by then. But if I don’t have a husband, like, literally, who will take care of me? Who will love me? It’s all very scary. So I try not to think about it, honestly.”

Navigating the dating scene after a breakup with a former suitor from France hasn’t been easy for Thore, and she joked that she’s more likely to match with her brother on a dating app than a potential husband. She explained, “I was like, ‘I’m going to make myself go on one date, every month,’ as though that was something that was in my control. And I think I’ve only been on one and it’s been six months.”

One of the challenges she faces is that younger men seem to be the only ones showing interest. She said, “the only men that want me are the 21 year olds, the 19, 18 year olds. And to them, I’m an older woman.”

In keeping an open mind, she mentioned, “Sometimes I’ll match just to see what they’ll say. And they’ll be like, ‘I’ve always wanted to be with an older woman.’ And I’m like, ‘I’m not that for you. I don’t know what that is. I can’t teach you how to use the oven.’ I don’t know what to do with that. So that’s been weird—really, really weird.”

On the other hand, older men don’t appeal to her either. She said, “Men that are 10 years older than me, to me, look like my grandfather. So I can’t do that either. So it might just be me and the cats and the dog.”

Thore is prepared to shower her pets with love if that’s how her love life unfolds. She admitted, “I don’t know what my love life holds, but it doesn’t look promising, if I’m being honest.”

Despite the challenges in her romantic life, Thore remains devoted to her father, Glenn Thore, who is working through his grief following her mother’s death. She has been helping him complete a bucket list that includes activities like matching family tattoos, a glacier hike, and indoor skydiving. She expressed her pride in her father’s progress, saying, “He did amazing, and I love to see him blossom and flourish and be celebrated. He’s totally rebranded. He’s not Glenn Thore anymore. He’s GT. That’s his new persona. So you’re gonna see a side to Glenn Thore that you’ve never seen.”

“My Big Fat Fabulous Life” premieres on Tuesday, September 5th, at 9 pm ET/PT on TLC.