'Pregnant Man' Thomas Beatie Got Sole Custody of Kids after Split from Their Mom and Is Now Married Again
American public speaker Thomas Beatie became the first-ever transgender to change the narrative on women and pregnancy. He was, unfortunately, a victim of abuse at the hands of his ex-wife.
"Pregnant man" Thomas Beatie won the primary custody of his three children following his divorce from their mother, Nancy Gillespie.
Beatie went on to remarry and walked down the aisle with his kids’ preschool director Amber Nichols. He became popular back in 2008 when he was labeled the "pregnant man" after conceiving and bearing all his children.
The author also became a flag bearer for the transgender community, but at the same time, his personal life suffered drastically.
Beatie's marriage to his then-wife came crumbling down while his fame garnered more attention. The former couple had a messy divorce, and after it was finalized, he was granted sole custody of the kids.
He and Gillespie were still a married couple when he began his much-publicized journey as a transgender man. Before being married to her, he had already started with procedures for his sex to be changed.
However, following several reconstructions, the advocate of transgender and sexuality issues decided to retain his female reproductive organs.
After getting married, Beatie and Gillespie had trouble conceiving as she had infertility issues, and so Beatie chose to step in and birthed the kids himself, he once told Today:
"When my story came out, there wasn't a single person in the public eye as a transgender man – most people had never heard of it. And then, on top of that, they can give birth!"
The dad of three further explained that he believes exposing the importance of fertility for trans people was a big eye-opener.
He had his first child Susan, in 2008 and went on to give birth to two more kids Jensen and Austin. The New York Times reported that Beatie impregnated himself using frozen sperm.
According to USA Today, Beatie became a man in 2002. Based on notes from his doctors, shortly after, he became a husband and a parent.
However, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge questioned his gender and the legitimacy of his marriage to Gillespie, whom he was married to for nine years.
Based on what is considered a miracle for females – giving birth and not to one but three kids. Beatie was born a woman and had his upper body recontoured to resemble a man’s.
He underwent male hormone therapy, and a psychologist attested that he was psychologically male but had female reproductive organs.
Following his worldwide fame because of his courageous act, things between him and his now-former wife took a twisted turn in 2012.
A video of Gillespie violently attacking Beatie and mistreating their children went viral. He was then awarded sole custody of the kids by an Arizona court temporarily. Soon after, Beatie wanted to end the marriage.
He told a lower court judge it was not the first attack and revealed that Gillespie was an alcoholic who threatened his life, so he was desperate for their union to end. He finally managed to get his request for a divorce granted after filing a restraining order from her.
In 2014, following their split, Beatie claimed Gillespie waged a two-year campaign of threats and harassment against him. Despite getting a restraining order against her, she violated it, and Beatie had to testify against her in court.
After the hearing, Beatie once again claimed Gillespie's rage worsened, which scared him so much that he filed another restraining order against her.
A judge then ordered Gillespie to stay away from Beatie’s home and workplace, and their only way of communication was via email.
According to TMZ, the pair finalized their divorce in 2015 but only after he agreed to hand over his beloved shark tooth collection. The divorce process dragged on for years.
They split their belongings evenly, but Gillespie managed to take one last thing as she demanded that she keep Beatie's prized shark tooth collection.
Today, Beatie, 47, lives a peaceful life as a stockbroker in Phoenix with the kids. He found love again with Nichols, his second wife, as they tied the knot in 2016.
The couple got married with Beatie's first-born daughter Susan scattering rose petals, and his two sons Austin and Jensen, dressed up in matching black suits and striped ties while in charge of wedding bands.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail, Beatie said: "I was so nervous, excited and frightened all at the same time. When Amber walked down the aisle, my breath was just taken away. I saw the boys and Susan, and I just started crying, and I couldn't stop."
Beatie added the ceremony was "perfect" and was even "better than he had ever imagined" it would be despite not seeing himself getting married when he was younger.
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