Ollie Locke reveals heartache over failed IVF: ‘We expected everything to be okay’

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Ollie Locke-Locke has come a long way since his first appearance on Made In Chelsea in 2011 alongside his best friend Binky Felstead – who he calls the “most incredible mother” to India, four, and newborn Wolfie.

The star, now 34, and husband Gareth, 31, were one of the last couples to say “I do” in Britain before the second national lockdown in December. The pair are longing to become parents, but they recently announced their attempt at IVF via a surrogate hadn’t been successful. Ollie remains hopeful though, and reveals the support he and Gareth have had has been amazing.

“Everyone joins this one community where we’re all in the same boat together,” he says of couples trying to conceive.

Here, Ollie opens up to OK! about his journey to becoming a dad and how married life has been for him and Gareth so far…

Hi Ollie! How did you and Gareth get on with the lockdowns?

I think we were quite lucky because in the first lockdown we were planning the wedding. We were one of the last couples to get married before the second lockdown in Britain. We signed our registrar at 9.55pm. If it had been 10pm, it would have been illegal. The reality is, I was so exhausted after filming [the wedding for a Made In Chelsea special] from 9am until 12.45am. Once we finished filming, I went home and watched David Attenborough in bed! We weren’t allowed a reception so we had Zoom calls with everyone.

You’ve discussed your journey to fatherhood – and recently sadly revealed the IVF hadn’t been successful. Has the journey been tougher than you expected?

It has. I think it’s because we all expected that everything would be OK. We had a positive mental attitude. We were really excited,
and in the end, it didn’t work. We are going back there in a couple of weeks and it will all be sorted. But yeah, life isn’t as easy as it
seems sometimes.

What has the support been like for you both?

It’s lovely to have a community around us. Joining a community of people who are also struggling to have children is lovely. It’s weirdly lovely to be a part of it as everyone helps each other. It’s nice because, in that environment, no one is famous or in the public eye. Everyone joins this one community where we’re all in the same boat together.

You recently renovated your home. Do you feel like it’s your forever family home now?

No, I don’t think it is. We live in a bit of a fishbowl. Everyone knows where we live and we’ve got enormous windows, so everyone walking down our road knows where we are and what we do. I think by the time we have children and they start crawling around, it will probably be time to move into a house with a big garden in the countryside

. Has married life changed your relationship with Gareth?

The real answer is no, it hasn’t changed too much, but you feel slightly more secure. I woke up the morning after our wedding and nothing had changed apart from the fact you know you’ve got someone who is there by your side in writing. It’s quite lovely to have that unity.

Has your best friend Binky Felstead given you any parenting advice at all?

Just generally we give each other lots of advice. I’ve watched her grow up, and becoming a mother has been the best thing that’s happened to her. She’s the most incredible mother.

You’re one of the Made In Chelsea originals. How has the show changed since you first started?

What’s quite interesting is we become a bit older. People can now see the cast go through everything in life, such as our IVF journey, marriage and all that kind of stuff. You can still be 18 and watch the show and love the idea of watching a couple breaking up, but if you are slightly older and you’re more interested in working through marriage, you can watch that too.

Have you got any more exciting projects in the pipeline?

Hundreds. Yes, I’m incredibly lucky. I’m never short of being busy. There are lots of book discussions, which is exciting.

You’re also working with Durex’s Roadmap to Sexual Satisfaction…

Yes, it’s so important to talk about the emotional side of sex. Make sure you let yourself get back out there. Create some wonderful memories and maybe find some love. Sex is the most beautiful thing in the world. It’s a very big part of our lives. It’s about time we talked about it more.

Durex, Gemma Collins, Ollie and Alix Fox have created ‘The Roadmap to Sexual Satisfaction’ ensuring you are fully prepared emotionally, physically and with the best fitting condoms to reconnect this summer. Visit durex.co.uk/pages/reconnect-with-durex

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