Martina Navratilova has revealed that her adoption plans with her wife Julia Lemigova have been ‘put on hold’ following her recent cancer battle.
The former tennis ace, 66, who has now received the all clear following her breast and throat cancer diagnosis, will discuss the health scare and her plans to expand their family during an upcoming Talk TV Piers Morgan Uncensored interview.
During the interview which is set to air tonight, the sports star explained: ‘We were thinking about adopting but that’s definitely put on hold, and I don’t think it’s going to happen.’
The athlete’s wife of nearly ten years and Real Housewives Of Miami star Julia also discussed possible plans for adoption earlier in January.
However Martina expressed to Piers: ‘I think it’s just too complicated and the energy, I only have so much right now.’
Emotional: Martina Navratilova has revealed that her adoption plans with her wife Julia Lemigova have been ‘put on hold’ following her recent cancer battle
Opening up: The former tennis ace, 66, who has now received the all clear following her breast and throat cancer diagnosis, will discuss the health scare and her plans to expand their family during an upcoming Talk TV Piers Morgan Uncensored interview
The tennis star, who holds 59 major titles, admitted that adoption ‘was a nice thought for a while, but I think this has brought it into sharp focus.’
‘I’m not really the youngest anymore and I don’t want to be the grandmother on the playground,’ she stated, and then added, ‘Forget that part, there’s just not enough space I think for this to happen.’
Julia also gave an update on their plans to adopt during an appearance on the Real Housewives Of Miami reunion earlier last week, according to Bravo TV.
‘When you’re adopting a child, it has to be about the child,’ the former model expressed to Andy Cohen. ‘And, right now, it’s everything about Martina, and for her [to be] getting healthy.’
‘So, we’re putting it on hold,’ she continued. ‘You know, we were thinking [that at] any moment, the agency would call and give us happy news that we’re going to have a baby… Instead, we are fighting two cancers. Like one was not enough.’
During the latest season of Real Housewives Of Miami, Julia had gotten candid about her dream to adopt and could be seen opening up to close friend, Alexia Echevarria, in a mid-season trailer which was filmed before Martina’s cancer diagnosis.
‘I’ve started calling the adoption agencies,’ Lemigova tells Echevarria, who is clearly quite happy for the couple.
However, Lemigova adds, ‘not so successfully,’ though nothing more about the potential adoption was revealed in the trailer.
Thoughts: The athlete’s wife of nearly ten years and Real Housewives Of Miami star Julia also discussed possible plans for adoption earlier in January
Opening up: During the interview which is set to air tonight, the sports star explained: ‘We were thinking about adopting but that’s definitely put on hold, and I don’t think it’s going to happen’
While adopting is not a strong possibility at the moment for the couple, Martina gave a positive update to Piers Morgan and revealed she was officially ‘cancer-free.’
She added that she only has two more weeks of radiation treatment radiotherapy on her breast and that after this ‘I should be good to go’.
The star added she had feared she ‘wouldn’t see next Christmas’ and that beating the disease was the ‘hardest thing ever’.
Navratilova said the double diagnosis had terrified her, but confirmed that ‘as far as they know I’m cancer-free’. She added that she only has two more weeks of radiation treatment radiotherapy on her breast and that after this ‘I should be good to go.’
The tennis ace announced she had been diagnosed with cancer at the start of the year, sparking an avalanche of support.
She had previously beaten breast cancer in 2010, but said she feared she might not see Christmas 2023 after it returned.
Martina confirmed she was diagnosed after doctors found an enlarged lymph node in her neck during the WTA finals in Fort Worth in November, with tests later confirming she had both breast and throat cancer.
Other factors: ‘I’m not really the youngest anymore and I don’t want to be the grandmother on the playground,’ she stated; seen in September 2022 in NYC
After being diagnosed at the beginning of last December, she said: ‘[I’m thinking] I will see this Christmas but maybe not the next one.’
She added: ‘Who has two cancers at the same time? I was never an underachiever, but this is getting ridiculous.’
However, displaying the spirit that guided her to success on the tennis court, Navratilova defiantly said: ‘Giving up, giving in, stopping – that’s just not an option for me. You get on with it.’ She added: ‘Quitting is just not in my DNA.’
Now a naturalised American, Martina told Piers she began writing her bucket list after the diagnosis.
She said: ‘This may sound really shallow, but I was like, okay, ‘Which kick ass car do I really want to drive if I live like a year?”
Fortunately, doctors informed Martina her cancer was ‘extremely treatable’, the Sun reports.
She said during the treatment, which took place while she wore a specially fitted mask, she was moved to tears as nurses played Elton John’s I’m Still Standing while she was in the hospital.
Happy news! While adopting is not a strong possibility at the moment for the couple, Martina gave another positive update to Piers Morgan and revealed she was officially ‘cancer-free’; seen in September 2022 in NYC
The singer had dedicated the song to the Czech-born athlete at a concert in Paris during the French Open in the 1980s.
But now the tennis commentator will have more time than she had feared after beating the disease following a gruelling combination of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and proton therapy.
In the interview, which will feature a video of Martina ringing a bell at the hospital to signal she was in the all clear, she says it was the toughest thing she has ever done.
However, she added she told herself to ‘suck it up’ after seeing children as young as six months old being treated for cancer in the same clinic.
Martina was last seen stepping out for dinner with her wife in Miami Beach in January.
The former athlete looked pensive as she headed into the restaurant after announcing her cancer diagnosis to the world.
Date night: Martina was last seen stepping out for dinner with her wife in Miami Beach in January
Solemn: The former athlete looked pensive as she headed into the restaurant after announcing her cancer diagnosis to the world
Successful career: Her last win was at the 2006 US Open, when she won the mixed doubles with Bob Bryan just one month before turning 50 years old; seen in 1990
After Martina revealed she was diagnosed with stage 1 throat and breast cancer, she said in a statement to the Women’s Tennis Association, ‘This double whammy is serious but still fixable.’
She said she wasn’t ‘done yet’ after the diagnosis, adding: ‘I’m hoping for a favourable outcome. It’s going to stink for a while but I’ll fight with all I have got.’
Martina had beaten cancer before, having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, and getting the tumour surgically removed after a routine mammogram.
Her wife’s co-star Guerdy Abraira revealed to Daily Mail Australia that she reached out to her co-star as soon as she heard the news about Navratilova’s diagnosis at the time.
‘Things are happening on their end, I don’t know the exact details, but I know that they feel very confident,’ Abraira said.
In a statement released at the same time, her representative called the prognosis ‘good’ and that as they had been caught early treatment for them had ‘great outcomes’.
Her outspoken defiance following her diagnosis has been a feature of her life both on and off the tennis court.
In the course of her more than 40-year career, the Prague-born athlete won 59 Grand Slam titles, including 31 in women’s doubles and 10 in mixed doubles.
Her last win was at the 2006 US Open, when she won the mixed doubles with Bob Bryan just one month before turning 50 years old.
The news of the Wimbledon legend beating the disease will come as welcome news to fans, who overwhelmed her with support after announcing she was fighting cancer again.
Navratilova had originally retired in 1994, but returned to play doubles and the occasional singles tournament in 2000 – the same year she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Becoming a TV analyst in recent years, Navratilova was outspoken during her playing career with her political views and sexual orientation.
As an openly gay woman, she would have her romantic partners sit courtside at championship matches without anyone in the crowd necessarily knowing about it.
The tennis ace, pictured here raising the Wimbledon trophy in 1978, has often been outspoken during her career
The 59-time Grand Slam winner has been outspoken in recent years on trans athletes and during her career was one of the few openly-gay tennis players on the circuit
Navratilova, pictured here in 2019, said she told herself to stop complaining about her treatment after seeing children with cancer at the clinic
She was also vehemently criticized by LGBTQ+ advocates when she published an opinion piece in the Sunday Times of London in February 2019 against rules that would support transgender female athletes competing against other women, saying they would ‘reward cheats and punish the innocent.’
‘Clearly that can’t be right. You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women,’ she also said in a 2019 tweet that’s now been deleted.
‘There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.’
The tennis legend has never been afraid to do things her own way, having forged her path to stardom by leaving Czechoslovakia when she was just 18 years old.
Since then she has gained American citizenship and married Russian model Julia Lemigova, with the couple having two daughters – Victoria, 21, and Emma, 17 – from Julia’s previous relationship.
Navratilova first met Julia more than 20 years ago in a Parisian gay bar, and tied the knot in 2015 after nine years together.
In 2012, Martina said motherhood had changed her life and she had cut down on her travelling to spend more time with her family.
Raising the sensitive issue of motherhood at the time, presenter Kirsty Young said that many high-profile gay couples have had children, before asking: ‘Would you have wanted to have children, or did that coincide with your grand slam years?’
Martina replied: ‘Pretty much, well those years are gone, I am well into the menopause now, so that ship has sailed!’
However, she added: ‘I never really got the opportunity to have a child, but I am in a relationship now with my partner and she has two girls, so I am a parent now.’
On motherhood, Martina said: ‘It’s difficult, two girls, but it’s fun, it’s amazing.’