Last weekend, Kim Kardashian West celebrated the coming of Baby No. 3 with a cherry blossom-filled fete worthy of its own Instagram page. The usual Kardashian-Jenner suspects attended, along with Chrissy Teigen and Jen Atkin. However, there was one noticeable absence: the woman carrying Kardashian West and hubby Kanye West’s baby girl. On Thursday’s episode of The Real, Kardashian West opened up about why she didn’t invite her surrogate.
“I, um, I did not [invite the surrogate],” Kardashian West said on The Real on Thursday as noted by E News, adding that she did introduce her to the rest of her family earlier that day.
“You know, I just thought… I don’t know. It was, like, a weird decision to have to make,” she explained. “Of course, I would’ve wanted her to be there and be a part of it, but I hadn’t really gone that far in explaining it to my kids yet. So I have to figure that out first before they really see and then if we’re celebrating, you know, her, I just want to celebrate the baby. I think I have to explain it to my kids first and figure out how I’m going to explain it to them.”
In September, Kardashian West confirmed she and West were expecting a third child via surrogate. For months now, fans and the paparazzi have wondered about the identity of the mystery woman. While the decision not to invite the surrogate mother to the baby’s shower may seem questionable to some, the relationship between surrogates and intended parents is as unique as any relationship between two people.
Some surrogates prefer not to know the parents of the child they’re carrying. During her interview, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star explained that her surrogate initially had no idea she was carrying the couple’s child. However, this ultimately changed.
“You could do it totally anonymously,” Kardashian West said. “You could go that route and I just felt like I wanted whoever’s carrying my baby, like, what if they weren’t a fan of me or my husband and what if they didn’t want to be carrying our baby? I wanted to give them that choice and be, like, proud and on the same page. I wanted a relationship with her.”
Considering the 24-7 media frenzy surrounding the Kardashian-Jenner family, perhaps opting to be a low-profile surrogate is best for all parties involved?
Check out the full interview below.