Tia Latham has opened up about her battle as a child and with her gender [ITV2]
She explained: “My story is very different from most other people’s. When I was born, nature was a bit confused. I had female chromosomes – which are XX – but my body didn’t know which direction to go in.
“So as I got older, I had to go through a process to become the woman I am today.”
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Tia Latham opened up to Jenny West about her childhood on the first episode [ITV2]
And within hours of meeting her co stars, Tia instantly opened up to Jenny about what she went through as a young adolescent.
She said: “My parents assumed I was one way and my body decided to go another way on its own.
“You could put it in the intersex category. I didn’t develop the same as everyone else. I started growing boobs and I didn’t grow any facial hair.
“I seeked medical advice and that’s when they discovered I had XX chromosomes.”
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Explaining the condition further, Dr Renee HoenderKamp explained to OK! Online: “‘Intersex’ is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male.
“For example, a person might be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside. Another example is a person may be born with genitals that seem to be in-between the usual male and female types. Or a person may be born with mosaic genetics, so that some of her cells have XX chromosomes and some of them have XY.
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Dr Renee went on to admit the area is a complex issue because of the wide definition but has admitted the condition is thought of as quite rare.
She added: “It is difficult to estimate how common these cases are because there are so many different conditions that fall under the umbrella.”
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Tia – who revealed her backstory to be 100 per cent “me” – admitted she’s happy to talk about her history.
She added: “I hid it for so long until now, and I am like ‘no more.’ “I’m tired of speculation. It is in my genetics.”
Catch Tia and the rest of the cast on ITV2 at 9pm.