For eight years, Michelle Obama has remained tight-lipped about almost everything. Now we’re finally getting a real look at what she thinks.
Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts sat down with the former First Lady for an exclusive interview about “Becoming,” the memoir that’s set to land in bookstores on Tuesday. It wasn’t just an ordinary press run, Obama revealed that she suffered a miscarriage and ultimately opted for IVF treatment to conceive her daughters, Sasha and Malia.
In the “Becoming Us” section of the book, she writes: “It turns out that even two committed go-getters with a deep love and robust work ethic can’t will themselves into being pregnant.”
Despite being in a loving union with her husband, Obama reflected on feeling “lost and alone,” and also like she had “failed.”
.@MichelleObama opens up to @RobinRoberts in revealing new interview; says she felt “lost and alone” after suffering miscarriage 20 years ago. Watch @ABC special covering her journey to motherhood and more from her memoir, “Becoming,” Sunday night 9/8c. https://t.co/ONXwpuZ3WF pic.twitter.com/1Teb5ycWIe
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 9, 2018
With her heart set on becoming a mom and the realization that the likelihood of that gets harder with age, she decided in her late thirties to seek help.
“I realized that as I was 34 and 35,” she said in the interview. “We had to do IVF.”
Their marriage might be our goals, but Obama said she and Barack endured some low points over the years that drove them to seek counseling.
“Marriage counseling for us was one of those ways where we learned how to talk out our differences,” she said. “I know too many young couples who struggle and think that somehow there’s something wrong with them. And I want them to know that Michelle and Barack Obama, who have a phenomenal marriage and who love each other, we work on our marriage. And we get help with our marriage when we need it.”
Lastly, she addressed the big, orange elephant in the room and didn’t hold back, calling Trump’s birther movement “crazy and mean-spirited.”
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“What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls?” she said. “Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this, I’d never forgive him.”
Well alright. If you weren’t already sold on picking up “Becoming,” I bet you are now.