Adam Rickitt on fears of ruining GMB star wifes dream of big family Had zero fertility

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The soap actor, who has appeared in both Coronation Street and Hollyoaks, appeared via video on ITV’s Loose Women to encourage men to speak out about fertility problems, which is often a taboo subject. Adam has been married to Katie since 2014, and detailed how he was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition which affected his ability to have children. He told viewers he feared ruining Katy’s dreams of a big family.

“I don’t know why but I always thought I might not be able to [have children],” he said.

“I never pictured myself with children. At the age of 22, I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis.

“It’s an autoimmune disorder which can affect male fertility.”

The 43-year-old said he was concerned about telling Katy because she came from a big family of her own and wanted a family herself.

He explained: “So I said I’m going to get tested. So I went down to London and went to see a very nice chap.”

He was informed that he had a very low sperm count, but his fears immediately went to his wife.

“I had zero fertility,” he said. “Like I say, it is scary because I knew Katie came from a very family-oriented background.

“And to say we’re not going to be able to was nerve-wracking at the time.

“The way I looked at it, if it was Katy who couldn’t have kids, I would still want to be with her.

“I was never worried about leaving her, I was just worried I’d be denying her something.”

When asked about her reaction, Katy said: “I said before I didn’t bat an eyelid and I do mean that, from the bottom of my heart.

“If Adam can’t have children, we can’t have children – that’s the way it is.

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“It was like, ‘Okay, so what do you want to do instead?’ The only thing we wanted to do is things together.”

The couple said their three dogs were like their children, and they were able to enjoy things they wouldn’t if they did have children.

“We have the dogs, we have a business together,” Katy explained.

“I love him and what happens thereafter, happens thereafter.”

Speaking about how the news had affected him mentally, Adam remarked: “I was able to tell them [male friends].

“I was never going to be ostracised from society. I did worry about being slightly mocked.”

He added: “My thought was there is literally nothing I can do about it.

“This is who I am and my fertility doesn’t measure me as a person, or as a man. Everyone was really good about it.”

Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.

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