She lives by the life motto “Shine, shine, shine” – but for Real Housewives of Melbourne favourite Jackie Gillies, returning for the upcoming fifth season required her to call upon every bit of dazzle she could muster. The star is pregnant with twins, conceived after gruelling rounds of IVF treatments. “For the first three months of my pregnancy, which coincided with when we started filming the new season, it was a bit of a s--t show to be completely honest,” the 41-year-old tells WHO. “I couldn’t keep my head off my pillow, I had terrible sciatica and I was really trying to hide the pregnancy because I didn’t want to tell anyone about it before I’d reached the 12-week point.”
Despite the drama, psychic medium Gillies happily admits she’s beside herself with excitement over the imminent arrival of the babies she’ll share with her musician husband Ben Gillies – and the return of the franchise that made her a star. “We’re so ready to meet the babies,” she says. “It’s a big year for us for sure, with the show returning and finally becoming a mum.”
It sounds like your pregnancy has been pretty stressful. Did you have second thoughts about returning to the show?
In the first and third seasons of The Real Housewives of Melbourne, I predicted on camera that I would have twins one day. When I was first asked by producers to come back for a fifth season, I said no at first because I was going through IVF at the time and I wasn’t in the right headspace to do it. I wouldn’t have been an asset to the show. But then, when we got the green light to film after COVID-related delays, I said to myself, “You know what, Jacks? There are not enough women who speak out publicly about the realities of IVF. You’ve got to do it.” Because I’d said on camera also that I would have twins one day, I wanted to share my journey with the fans now that it was finally happening for me. But it wasn’t easy filming this show in the early stages of the pregnancy.
Especially if you were keeping it quiet at first!
Definitely. My bestie on the show, Roachy [Housewife Janet Roach], would say to me, “How come you’re so bloated?” and I’d just be like, “It’s the IVF, girl! That’s what happens.” But I was actually already pregnant. I cannot lie for anything, so that was the best way I could think of to keep my secret.
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