Ulrika Jonsson reveals she had an abortion in 1996 but carries ‘no guilt’ since it was ‘her right’ – as she blasts leak to make procedure illegal in US
Ulrika Jonsson has revealed she had an abortion in 1996 but claimed she carries ‘no guilt’ or ’emotional trauma’ since it was ‘her right’ to have the procedure.
The TV presenter, 54, was 28-years-old when she discovered the pregnancy shortly after entering a relationship with an unnamed man, while going through a divorce with her first husband, John Turnball.
A ‘proud feminist’, she hit out against the leaked draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, which would make abortion illegal in 22 US states, adding that her termination was ‘her choice’ and that she considers herself ‘lucky’.
Confession: Ulrika Jonsson has revealed she had an abortion in 1996 but carries ‘no guilt’ since it was ‘her right’ – while blasting a leak to make the procedure illegal in 22 US states
Already a mother to son Cameron, then 15-months, she had just received a distressing phone call announcing her father’s sudden death aged 53 when she discovered she was expecting in an airport bathroom.
Ulrika wrote in The Sun: ‘Contraception had failed me and I was neither willing to have or prepared for another child.
‘I chose a termination. There was not a moment’s doubt in my mind.
‘I carry no guilt over that. It was clear cut. My body was not ready for a pregnancy, my mind even less so.’
Throwback: The TV presenter, 54, was 28-years-old when she discovered the pregnancy shortly after entering a relationship with an unnamed man (pictured in 1996)
Her remarks came after a leak from the Supreme Court showed conservative Justice Samual Alito’s draft opinion to overturn the landmark abortion case.
It dates back 50 years and gave constitutional protections for women to terminate their pregnancies.
The draft legal opinion, which was leaked to Politico, reveals five Republican-nominated judges – a majority of the court’s nine judges – are in agreement on the issue.
This would be enough to force a change in the law — though their decision is not final until the ruling is officially published.
US President Joe Biden said it is a ‘woman’s right to choose’ if she has an abortion as he warned the ‘basic fairness and the stability of our law demand’ the Supreme Court does not overturn the Roe v Wade ruling.
The Celebs Go Dating star went on to welcome daughter Bo, 22, with her former boyfriend Markus Kempen, while 17-year-old Martha’s dad is Lance Gerrard-Wright, who was married to Ulrika between 2003 and 2006.
She also has Malcom, 13, with former husband Brian, who she married in 2008 and divorced in 2019.
Family: The former weather presenter shares son Cameron, 27, (top) with John Turnbull, daughter Bo, 22, (far right) with her former boyfriend Markus Kempen, daughter Martha, 17, (far left) with Lance Gerrard-Wright and son Malcolm (bottom), 13, with ex Brian Monet
Ulrika’s lost loves: Through the ages
1990 – John Turnbull
Ulrika’s first marriage was to cameraman John, however things ended in tears after five years when she cheated on him. She blamed her actions on her ages, as she previously said: ‘I was so young. I didn’t know myself. I did some not very nice things. I was unfaithful, which is more than not nice’.
1996 – Hunter
Shortly after her divorce, Ulrika sought comfort in the arms of Gladiator’s star James Crossley, after meeting while she acted as host on the show. After their romance, she said: ‘Well, I guess I was infatuated with James. It was a physical thing. And what a nice man he turned out to be’ – as she referenced him selling stories about their romance to the papers.
1998 – Stan Collymore
Ulrika dated former footballer Stan for a year however their relationship was marred with controversy when she was a victim of domestic abuse.
2000 – Markus Kempen
German hotel boss Markus Kempen was her next love and the father of her daughter Bo, now 18. Just days after Bo was born in November 2000, the businessman told his girlfriend that he was leaving the UK to find work abroad – Ulrika hadn’t even taken their child home from the hospital by then.
2002 – Lance Gerrard-Wright
Husband number two Lance was supposed to be the prize for the female contestants on Mr Right, a 2002 TV dating show she presented. They married in 2003. She had their daughter Martha in 2004 and they separated in 2005.
2002 – Sven-Göran Eriksson
Ulrika and the football manager stunned the sport and showbiz world when she confirmed widely-publcised reports of an affair between the duo while he was dating Nancy Dell’Olio. As a result of the affair she was given a column in The News Of The World in 2003 where she would frequently comment on his private life. She was dropped in 2007 after he left as England manager.
2007 – Brian Monet
Ulrika and Brian tied the knot in 2008 and share one son, Malcolm, 10. They began their relationship in 2006. In 2014, Brian also adopted her daughter Bo, now 21, from the presenter’s relationship with German hotel boss Markus. They divorced in 2019 after 11 years of marriage.