Kate Humble praises 'amazing' support after speaking about decision not to have children


Kate Humble has spoken of the "amazing" public reaction following her admission that she knew from an early age she didn't want to have children.

The former Countryfile and Springwatch presenter, 47, eschewed parenthood with husband Ludo Graham for a life spent with animals.

Kate Humble and husband Ludo Graham with their dog Teg
Kate Humble and husband Ludo Graham with their dog Teg (BBC/Tatu Pictures Ltd/Craig Morris)

During an appearance on ITV's Lorraine, Kate praised the support she has received in light of her confession as well as explaining her reasons for speaking out.

She told stand-in host Gaby Roslin: "I knew very early on that I didn't want children, so I thought, I'm just going to say it. I don't think it's anybody's business but I think it's just easier if I just come out and say, 'I don't want them, I've never wanted them'.

"I know it sounds dreadful but that's just how I feel. But it was amazing, the reaction, [there were] so many women via social media and in the papers saying 'thanks for voicing what we feel', because so many people don't want kids."

Kate Humble: My Sheepdog and I
Kate said she knew from a young age that having children was not in her future (BBC/Tatu Pictures Ltd)

The wildlife broadcaster previously told The Mirror newspaper that she knew at the age of 14 that she did not have "the maternal gene" and added that "luckily I married someone who agreed".

Kate and Ludo, who have been married since 1992, have three dogs and she has penned a book called Friend For Life about the relationship between dogs and humans.

She fronts a new programme called Kate Humble: My Sheepdog And Me about her beloved dog Teg, her quest to breed Welsh sheepdog puppies, and the threat facing British herding dogs.

Kate Humble and Teg
Kate and Teg (BBC/Tatu Pictures Ltd)

She said of her relationship with her pet: "Teg was my first puppy, my other two were rescue dogs and fantastic. But we grew up together in a way. This partnership started when she was eight weeks old."

Kate Humble: My Sheepdog And Me airs on BBC Two on Monday at 9pm.