‘Real Housewives of Miami’ star Julia Lemigova has revealed the dual cancer diagnosis of his wife, tennis legend Martina Navratilova, has put the couple’s adoption plans “on hold”.
During part two of the hit reality show Bravo’s reunion on Thursday, the 50-year-old said the adoption had been put on the back burner while his wife underwent treatment for stage-stage throat cancer. 1 and breast cancer.
“When you adopt a child, it has to be the child,” Lemigova told host Andy Cohen.
“And right now it’s all about Martina and getting her (healthy). We put it on hold.
When asked where they were in the adoption process, Lemigova said they were pretty close.
“We thought the agency would call us anytime and tell us the good news that we were having a baby,” she explained.
“Instead, we’re battling two cancers,” she continued, adding, “Like one isn’t enough. I’m just waiting for Martina to get better.
The former Russian model said watching his wife, whom she married in 2014, undergo treatment was simply “emotional”.
“Even the sad moments seem to be so unimportant,” Lemigova said after watching moments from this season.
Navratilova announced her two cancer diagnoses in January, telling fans that both were discovered at an early stage.
“This double whammy is serious but still fixable, and I hope for a favorable outcome,” the Tennis Hall of Fame said in a statement to the Women’s Tennis Association. “It will stink for a while, but I will fight with everything I have.”
The tennis ace previously had breast cancer in 2010, but was deemed cancer-free after a lumpectomy and six months of radiotherapy.
The Czech-born star was one of the most dominant players in the 1970s and 80s, winning 18 Grand Slam singles titles.
She had a long-standing rivalry with American Chris Evert, who recently announced she was cancer-free after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November 2021.
Navratilova has won 59 Grand Slam titles in total, including 31 in women’s doubles and 10 in mixed doubles.
She first retired in 1994, after a record 167 singles titles and 331 weeks at No. 1 in the WTA rankings, but returned to the field several times in 2000.
Navratilova was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000 and has worked as a television analyst for the past few years.