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Kate humbled by support for her not wanting children confession

Published 15/08/2016

Kate Humble admits she has never wanted children.
Kate Humble admits she has never wanted children.

Kate Humble has spoken of the "amazing" public reaction following her admission that she knew from an early age she did not want to have children.

The former Countryfile and Springwatch presenter, 47, eschewed parenthood with husband Ludo Graham for a life spent with animals.

During an appearance on ITV's Lorraine, Humble praised the support she has received after her confession as well as explaining her reasons for speaking out.

She told stand-in host Gaby Roslin: "I knew very early on that I didn't want children, so I thought, I'm just going to say it. I don't think it's anybody's business but I think it's just easier if I just come out and say, 'I don't want them, I've never wanted them'.

"I know it sounds dreadful but that's just how I feel. But it was amazing, the reaction, [there were] so many women via social media and in the papers saying 'thanks for voicing what we feel', because so many people don't want kids."

The wildlife broadcaster previously told The Mirror newspaper that she knew at the age of 14 that she did not have "the maternal gene" and added that "luckily I married someone who agreed".

Humble and Graham, who have been married since 1992, have three dogs together, and s he has also penned a book called Friend For Life about the relationship between dogs and humans.

She fronts a new programme entitled Kate Humble: My Sheepdog and Me about her beloved dog Teg, her quest to breed Welsh sheepdog puppies and the threat to British herding dogs.

She said of her relationship with her pet: "Teg was my first puppy, my other two were rescue dogs and fantastic. But we grew up together in a way. This partnership started when she was eight weeks old."

:: Kate Humble: My Sheepdog and Me airs on BBC Two on Monday at 9pm.

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