Brian Dowling has announced that his sister Aoife is the surrogate to the baby he is expecting with husband Arthur Gourounlian.
The former star of reality show Big Brother shared the news on Instagram today, paying tribute to his “beautiful sister who literally gives us the gift of life”.
Mr Gourounlian, who has become a household name due to his appearance on RTE’s Dancing With the Stars as a judge, revealed a few months ago that the couple wanted to have a baby but there have been “many setbacks”.
But after announcing last week that her surrogate is pregnant – and posting a video to Instagram revealing her ecstatic reactions to the news, Mr Dowling revealed the couple had been planning to have a child through surrogacy since 2019 .
He wrote: “From our very first conversation about this in 2019 to where we are now, it’s ABSOLUTELY AMAZING @effidy_dowling_ that you’ve done everything for us @gourounlian whether it’s mental or physical, and They’ve been so positive and stayed positive about everything.”
“From ultrasound and ovulation tests, to numerous conversations about your cycle, to those 4 positive pregnancy tests where the three of us hugged and cried with happiness and excitement. We went through every step together, reassuring each other. Everything will be fine if we stick together.”
He added: “Aoife, you are an INSPIRATION to all of us. They literally give us THE GIFT OF LIFE. So for you, Aoife and our wonderful egg donor, none of this would be possible without you both. Thank you from the bottom of my heart ❤️ I am so happy to confirm that both Aoife and Baby are doing BRILLIANT.”
The post follows the initial announcement last week in which they wrote:
“It fills our hearts to announce later this year that we are pregnant and our beautiful bundle of joy.
“We actually never thought that this day would become a reality for us. We fully recognize and understand how fortunate and blessed we are that this is happening.”
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https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/you-are-giving-us-the-gift-of-life-brian-dowling-reveals-incredible-sister-aoife-is-surrogate-mother-of-his-baby-with-husband-arthur-gourounlian-41628411.html ‘You give us the gift of life’ – Brian Dowling reveals ‘incredible’ sister Aoife is surrogate mother to his baby with husband Arthur Gourounlian