AceShowbiz - Country singer Chuck Wicks is preparing to become a father after a struggle with male infertility.
The "Stealing Cinderella" star and his wife, Kasi Williams, are expecting a baby boy in December 2020, but Wicks reveals their journey to parenthood has been longer than expected.
He and Kasi, the sister of fellow country artist Jason Aldean, turned to medical experts for help after trying to conceive naturally for months, and he subsequently learned a low sperm count was to blame for their troubles.
"As a man, the last thing you want someone to tell you is you can't do this," he tells People.com. "It makes you feel small. It makes you feel like you're not a man."
The couple eventually began undergoing in vitro fertilisation, and now Wicks is thrilled to be having a son, particularly as he is already stepdad to Kasi's three daughters, ranging in age from nine to 21, from her previous marriage.
"We're loaded up on estrogen!" he jokes.
And although he was initially embarrassed to go public with his fertility issues, Wicks has accepted it is a fairly common problem - it's just something men don't usually open up about.
"It just happens, so that's the reassuring part," he says, adding, "The fact that we had to go this route makes us realise even more how special having a child is."
The couple wed last summer 2019.