Thomas Beatie, who gained fame as the world’s first known legal man to give birth, has split from his wife of nine years.
Beatie revealed the breakup with Nancy during a taping of the syndicated TV show The Doctors in which he also said he had undergone a final female-to-male gender reassignment surgery.
“Nancy hasn’t seen the new me yet,” Beatie, 38, says.
“Like all marriages, we have our ups and downs, and we’re going through a rough patch right now. At the moment, we’re separated.”
Beatie began life as a woman and legally switched to a male identity, while preserving his female reproductive organs. He made headlines in 2007 after pictures of his bearded face and pregnant belly became public.
Nancy, 49, had two children from a previous marriage but was no longer able to get pregnant following a hysterectomy. The couple have since had two more children.
The Doctors episode with Beatie airs Monday, May 7. Check local listings.
By Mike Fleeman