Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have had struggles with fertility in the past, Teigen revealed on an episode of FABLife. Credit: David Becker/WireImage

As real as it gets. Typically bubbly Chrissy Teigen got serious on an episode of FABLife set to air on Monday, Sept. 21, when talking about plans to start a family with her husband, R&B crooner John Legend.

“John and I have been together for so long now,” Teigen said of constantly getting asked about their plans for the future. “I met him when I was 20, and I’m almost 30 now. Our relationship, before we even got engaged, was pretty significant too. But I will say that, just two years into being married, the questions come from all over. It’s kind of crazy.”

The 29-year-old model has spoken out many times before about wanting a large family with Legend, 36, but as she explained to her fellow co-hosts — Tyra Banks, Joe Zee, Leah Ashley, and Lauren Makk — being so vocal about their love life doesn’t mean everything’s fine.

“I can’t imagine being that nosy, like, ‘When are the kids coming?’ because who knows what somebody’s going through, who knows if somebody’s struggling?” she continued. “I would say, honestly, [that] John and I were having trouble. We would have had kids five, six years ago if it had happened, but my gosh, it’s been a process.”

Teigen added that she and Legend — who married in an intimate ceremony in Lake Como, Italy, in September 2013 — have gone to see fertility doctors in hopes of a little one, but to no avail.  

“I want a huge family,” the social media maven has told Us in the past. “We want a lot of kids. When it happens, it happens. For us it’s hard because he’s on the road so much and I’m working. People think it happens so easily.. but the stars really have to align to have a baby and it is a little miracle, so when it happens …we will be so happy.”

During the FABLife episode, Banks, 41, also opened up about her own struggles with infertility, getting emotional as she revealed that she’s affected by fans who put pressure on her on social media to have kids.

“When I was 23 years old, I used to tell myself, in three years, you’re going to have kids. Then I turned 24,” she said, wiping away tears. “And then just every single year I kept saying that. And after a while, it’s like, ‘Okay, I want to, but it’s not so easy.’”

One small silver lining to speaking out about their struggles, both women recognized, was that ultimately, it makes the journey a little less lonely — especially with celebs like Teigen to champion their privacy.

“Once you open up about those things with other people, you start learning that a lot of people are seeing these people [fertility doctors], and they have this shame about it,” the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model said. “So anytime anybody asks me if I’m going to have kids, I’m just like, ‘One day, you’re going to ask that to the wrong girl who is really struggling and it’s going to be really hurtful to them, and I hate that. Stop asking me!’”

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