Lorraine Kelly has been criticised by viewers for asking Claire Richards about her struggles with fertility – when she was meant to be speaking to her about her new music.
The TV host, 58, asked the mother-of-two about losing weight to boost her chances of conceiving, which seemed to throw the singer, 41, off the interview on ITV’s Lorraine.
When Lorraine asked if she’d ‘given up’ on trying for a third child Claire, who was told by doctors that she may have damaged her hormone levels as a result of her constant yo-yo dieting, seemed uncomfortable and told her ‘that ship has sailed’.
The interview was branded ‘intrusive’ by viewers, who took to social media to call it ‘uncomfortable to watch’.
Claire Richards, 41, from Steps appeared on ITV’s Lorraine to talk about her new music when she was asked about her weight and fertility problems. Pictured: Claire on the show on Tuesday
Lorraine Kelly, 58, (pictured) didn’t drop the subject when Claire looked uncomfortable, asking her if she had ‘given up’ on having another baby
Claire, who is mum to Charlie, 11, and Daisy, eight, with Reece Hill, was on the show to talk about her solo album My Wildest Dreams.
She spoke about how strange it felt to be performing without her former Steps members – Faye Tozer, Ian ‘H’ Watkins, Lee Latchford-Evans and Lisa Scott-Lee -before Lorraine change the topic to her well-documented struggles with her weight.
Lorraine said: ‘You know what its like as a woman in the music business in particular if you dare to put on a little bit of weight everybody wags their finger and has something to say about it.
‘Like me you’ve struggled, we’ve all struggled, haven’t we? You wanted to lose weight for a special reason because you wanted to have another baby.’
The interview on ITV’s Lorraine on Tuesday was branded ‘intrusive’ by viewers on Twitter (pictured), withe one calling it ‘uncomfortable to watch’
Claire looked a little bit thrown before giving her a short answer, saying: ‘Yeah we did at the time but it wasn’t to be so…’
However, Lorraine kept asking her about the sensitive subject, questioning if she would be trying again.
‘Have you given up with that?’ she said.
An uncomfortable looking Claire said she wouldn’t be trying again, as she is busy with her solo career.
Claire then admitted that she wouldn’t be trying again as she is busy with her solo career. Pictured: Lorraine Kelly interviews Claire Richards on ITV’s Lorraine
Claire is mum to Charlie, 11, and Daisy, eight with her husband Reece Hill (pictured together). She previously said her yo-yo dieting had made it very hard for her to conceive naturally
She said: ‘I think so my youngest is eight now and Charlie’s just started secondary school so I feel like the ship has sailed.
‘It didn’t happen and there’s lots to do over the next few years and I think it wouldn’t be fair really. If it had happened at the time great but it didn’t.’
Lorraine’s questions were criticised by viewers, who called them ‘intrusive’.
One tweeted: ‘I can’t believe @Lorraine just asked Claire about trying for a baby! Why do people think questions like that are ok? Especially on TV!’
Claire is releasing a solo album called My Wildest Dreams, and said it was strange to be out on her own without her Steps bandmates. Picturesd Faye Tozer, Ian ‘H’ Watkins, Lisa Scott-Lee, Lee Latchford-Evans and Claire in 2001
‘Felt very uncomfortable for Claire. I expected better than that from lorraine,’ another commented.
A third wrote: ‘It was so intrusive! I can’t think why she would bring that up, and Claire looked uncomfortable answering it. Deeply personal.’
Claire was told by doctors that she may have damaged her hormone levels as a result of her constant yo-yo dieting.
She has lost and gained between four and six stone an incredible six times.
She told the