Jimmy Fallon Reveals 5-Year Fertility Struggle
August 13, 2013
Late Night host Jimmy Fallon revealed last week that his daughter Winnie Rose was born via surrogate and now he's opening up about the years he and his wife Nancy Juvonen Fallon struggled to have children after marrying in 2007.
"We've tried a bunch of things," Fallon told the Today show's Savannah Guthrie in a pre-taped interview aired Tuesday. "Anyone who's tried will know, it's just awful."
The newly-named Tonight Show host -- who is set to take over for Jay Leno in 2014 -- added that after sharing past attempts and disappointments with friends and family, they decided not to tell anyone they were expecting this time around. "We tried before, we told people and then it didn't happen. And it's just really depressing. It's really hard on everybody."
He said he was sharing the experience as a way to provide hope for other couples struggling with fertility issues. "I know people have tried much longer (than we have), but if there's anyone out there who is trying and they're just losing hope...just hang in there," he said. "Try every avenue; try anything you can do, because you'll get there. You'll end up with a family, and it's so worth it. It is the most 'worth it' thing."
Fallon also gave an update on baby Winnie Rose -- who arrived on July 23, weighing 5 pounds 9 ounces -- and said basically she had "turned him into mush." Regarding the child's name, he said it doesn't relate to Winnie-the-Pooh, but to a place special to him and his wife. "My wife and I got engaged in New Hampshire at this lake house that her family's had forever, and it's on Lake Winnipesaukee. And so we went there every summer as we were dating."