Hollyoaks star Adam Rickitt has opened up about infertility.
The actor, who played Kyle Kelly in the Channel 4 soap until earlier this month, was diagnosed with the inflammatory disease Ankylosing Spondylitis, a result of which means he cannot conceive children.
Speaking to OK! magazine, Adam talked about the condition and how his relationship with his wife Katy is strong regardless of their circumstances.
"I have an autoimmune disorder called Ankylosing Spondylitis and one of the effects is decreased fertility.
"This lovely doctor was like, 'Mr Rickitt, you’re supposed to have a sperm count of three million, you have two'. I said, 'Two million?' He said, 'No, you have two!'"
"I didn’t really bat an eyelid," his wife Katy said. "I was like, 'Oh, that’s a shame, but we’ve got each other.' I know having kids is very important for a lot of people, so it’s almost a good thing it happened to us."
Adam said it was Katy's response in that difficult moment that made him realise she was his "soul mate".
He said that it "felt natural that it was meant to be just the two of us and our dogs".
Adam's character Kyle Kelly was written out of Hollyoaks in a tragic storyline in which he died by suicide.
Adam spoke recently about his own battle with depression and how he deals with it, as well as how he had input into the storyline.
"I basically suffered from anxiety and depression between the ages of 13 to 30, so for 17 years of my life I was essentially suicidal," he said during an appearance on Loose Women.
Hollyoaks airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first-look episodes airing on E4 at 7pm. Wednesdays through Fridays on E4 will feature classic episodes called Hollyoaks Favourites to compensate for the soap suspending filming.
We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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