'Pregnant Man' Splits From Wife
Spotlight, finances put stress on family
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2012 11:24 PM CDT
Updated Apr 20, 2012 12:01 AM CDT
Thomas Beatie and his wife, Nancy, appear on a German TV program with the first of their three babies.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The "Pregnant Man" is separating from his wife of nine years. "Like all marriages, we have our ups and downs, and we’re going through a rough patch right now," Thomas Beatie, 38, revealed on a taped CBS program. "At the moment, we're separated." Beatie, who was born Tracy Lagondino, has just finished up his final gender-switch surgery from a female to a male. The Phoenix man became known throughout the world as the Pregnant Man when photos of the bearded Beatie heavily pregnant appeared in global media. He has had three babies through artificial insemination. But being in the spotlight has caused problems.

"We've had a rough ride," Beatie said in an interview earlier this year. "We've had death threats, crazies. I've been called a freak. The really nasty stuff has come online, with email, Facebook and YouTube." The insemination and pregnancy costs, along with gender reassignment surgery and hormone treatments, stretched the family finances, eventually forcing the Beaties into bankruptcy.

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crafter67
Apr 21, 2012 10:20 AM CDT
"The insemination and pregnancy costs, along with gender reassignment surgery and hormone treatments, stretched the family finances, eventually forcing the Beaties into bankruptcy." If you can't afford children - DON'T have them. These pregnancies aren't happening by accident - I don't care if your Trans-gender or not-if your using artificial means to get pregnant and then have financial problems, you rank up there with Octomom and are just being irresponsible and stupid.
793tango
Apr 20, 2012 8:37 PM CDT
Death threats? Over what? Why can't people let others live their lives in peace? These people aren't hurting anyone.
Glitter_Bug
Apr 20, 2012 7:54 PM CDT
Not a "pregnant man" never has been. Born a woman, chose to partially become a man. Still (clearly) has the working reproductive organs of a woman. If anything, she's a bearded pregnant woman.