Jelena Dokic has revealed her plans to have a baby, saying she “want” and “love” children and hopes to become a mother one day.
The 40-year-old former tennis player and commentator said she planned to have children with her ex-partner Tin Bikic.
“My ex-boyfriend Tin and I wanted to have children,” she said Women’s Day.
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“Maybe that situation won’t happen for me, and that’s okay, I’ve come to terms with it,” she added, referring to the possibility of having biological children.
“But if I have children – and I want children because I love them – I will go the adoption route.
“I’ve always wanted to do that.”
Dokic said she knew she could provide a stable home for a child, even as a single mother.
“I think I will be doing that in the next three to five years,” she revealed.
Dokic and Bikic separated in December 2021 after 19 years together.
“It’s been two years now and I struggled with the breakup at the beginning, it was a shock, there’s no doubt about that,” she told Woman’s Day.
She added that she’s “in a great place” now and hasn’t given up on finding love.
“I believe in love, but I’m someone who’s more introverted and a little shy,” she explained.
“I’m not ready for that at the moment.
“I believe in love, but I don’t think I’m ready for it yet.”
In another interview with Stellar, Dokic spoke about her years of eating disorders, which she attributes to abuse by her father Damir.
“I actually haven’t talked about my eating disorder (until now) because I didn’t understand it for so long,” she said.
“But now I know that for more than 90 percent of people, eating disorders are due to trauma.”
She explained that seeking professional help saved her life.
“I think the eating disorder is pretty complex,” she said.
“I’m working really hard on it.”
Dokic has authored a new book called Fearless: Feeling the Power to Thrive, the writing of which was a therapeutic process in itself.
In June, Dokic said the book was about finding hope when it seems like all hope is lost.
The former world No. 4 shared the book’s blurb with her followers, noting that “Fearless” follows the story of the first book, “Unbreakable,” which is about overcoming “adversity, poverty and violence” and the To rise to the top of the tennis world.
“Fearless is about reclaiming life when you think all is lost,” the blurb says.
“It’s about learning to seek help and healing.
“It’s about raising our voices and the power to share our stories.
“Jelena has struggled with eating disorders and reclaiming her body over the past few years; She has spoken out against body shaming and online abuse.
“She faced her mental health demons head-on to find stability in the chaos of life.
“She has experienced a devastating relationship breakdown.
“This book is about starting from the bottom and building yourself back up.”
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