Melissa Rivers Shares Adoption Update, Says She 'Should Have Listened' To Mom Joan Rivers About Retrieving Eggs
Melissa Rivers is getting candid about welcoming another child into her family.
The 53-year-old sat down to chat with Chanel Omari on her “Chanel In The City” podcast on Wednesday, August 25, where Melissa shared an update on considering adoption — something she says she's been thinking about "for about six years now."
"Certain times, it feels like the absolute right decision, [and] certain times it doesn't feel like the right decision," the Fashion Police alum said. "It's obviously not something I'm taking lightly – I would say I'm about 80%."
"What really stops me is .. would it be fair, for the child to have, you know ... a little bit of an older parent?" Melissa admitted. "Not that there's anything wrong with that, because I'm certainly a very active and you know, a goer, but it's a lot to think about."
Confessing "there's a few things" she's still "grappling with" when it comes to adoption, Melissa continued, "It's a huge responsibility and it's something that I really do want to do, but I really have to step back and say, is my life in a place where that is the best for another human being?"
The comedian is already a mom to 20-year-old son Edgar Cooper Endicott, who she shares with ex-husband John Endicott.
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Melissa also expressed her regret when it came to not taking advice given to her by her late mother, Joan Rivers. “I wish I had listened to my mother, who wanted me to retrieve eggs while I was in my 30s!” the former Apprentice alum said, when asked about women feeling the pressure to have children. "Now, I’m like, f**k, ‘I should have done it,’ you know? But so be it."
"Again, I am very close to [adopting], yes," she added, "but there's a few things that still keep me up at night.”
Melissa is known for working alongside her famous mother on the red carpet, as well as their TV show, Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best.
Joan passed away at the age of 81 after complications during a routine medical procedure in 2014. Melissa filed a malpractice lawsuit against Yorkville Endoscopy, which was settled in 2016.
“The lawsuit concerning my mother’s death has been settled,” Melissa wrote on Twitter at the time. "In accepting this settlement, I am able to put the legal aspects of my mother’s death behind me and ensure that those culpable for her death have accepted responsibility for their actions quickly and without equivocation."