By Dave Andrusko
They don’t call them “reality TV” shows for nothing. Some readers may recognize the name Stacey Solomon. A while back, as a singer, she finished third in the sixth season of the British program “The X Factor.”
Nowadays Solomon is a singer, panelist on television programs, and a reality television star. Appearing on the daytime show “Loose Women,” Solomon talked about how as a teenager she was literally on the table about to have an abortion when she changed her mind.
Why? Her mother’s unspoken response to the ultrasound.
But why an abortion in the first place? Stacey, now 26, “was worried about the stigma attached to being a young single parent.”
She was 17, Solomon said, “when I got pregnant with Zacharay and I think it’s because all of the stigmas around how old ‘you should be’ when you have a child. The first thing I thought was I have to make a decision and not have a baby right now because I am 17 and I’m too young and I can’t do it.”
Solomon told fellow panelists Coleen Nolan, Ruth Langsford, and Nadia Sawalha that her family “fully supported whatever decision she made,” according to The Mirror’s Natalie Corner.
“I ended up going [to the abortion clinic], to do what I had to… I can’t even bring myself to say it. To do what I had to do, what I thought I had to do.
“My mum came with me and I remember laying there, they turned the monitor away from you so you can’t see what’s there.
“I remember seeing my mum’s face, and although she had no facial expression she just filled up with tears. I could see all the emotion in her and at that moment I knew that I just couldn’t go through with it.”
Maybe, just maybe, her family hadn’t “fully supported” whatever decision Solomon would make. Or, even if they did, the sight of that unborn baby made it impossible to exercise the “choice” of abortion.