Jimmy Fallon and wife Nancy Allen struggled with conception for five-years before finally welcoming their first child, daughter Winnie, in June.
Speaking to Today, 38-year-old talk show host Fallon says they tried a range of methods in a desperate bid to become first parents for more than half a decade.
“We’ve tried a bunch of things,” he said. “Anyone who’s tried will know, it’s just awful.”
After a number of failed attempts, the couple – who married in 2007 – chose to keep their continued struggle a secret from close friends and family members.
Doting parents: Jimmy Fallon and Nancy Allen welcomed their first child, daughter Winnie, in June (WENN)
“We tried before, we told people and then it didn’t happen,” he added. “And it’s just really depressing. It’s really hard on everybody. We said, ‘We’re not going to tell anybody.’
“It’d just be more fun if it’s just private between me and my wife. And them we get to introduce her to everybody.”
Winnie was finally born via surrogate on July 23, and Fallon had some words of encouragement for couples in a similar predicament to the one he and Nancy were in.
He said: “We tried for a long time, for five years. I know people have tried much longer, but if there’s anyone out there who is trying and they’re just losing hope…just hang in there.
“Try every avenue; try anything you can do, ‘cause you’ll get there. You’ll end up with a family, and it’s so worth it. It’s the most ‘worth it’ thing. I’m just so happy right now. I’m freaking out.”