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16:30 GMT, 11 January 2013
18:17 GMT, 11 January 2013
True tales: Monica Cruz, pictured in 2008, said she couldn’t wait to meet the perfect partner and so used artificial insemination to get pregnant
Penelope Cruz’s younger sister Monica has admitted that she turned to an anonymous sperm donor to get pregnant.
Monica, 35, was worried that she would not meet the man of her dreams in time to start a family and so sought help through artificial insemination.
The model revealed the truth about her pregnancy on her web based blog for Spanish newspaper El País.
Monica, who models for luxury lingerie brand Agent Provocateur, said that she would have preferred to wait for a perfect match but feared ‘it would then be too late for motherhood and [I] could not wait’.
She wrote: ‘I am going to be a mother! I have managed to fulfill the dream of a lifetime.
‘Because of that I want to share with all of you this special journey and to be able to tell you about all my experiences during this fascinating time.’
Monica decided to speak publicly about her pregnancy to address the inevitable questions she would get about the identity of the father.
Keeping an air of dignity she deliberately ‘isolated’ and hid herself away from the world during the first few weeks of pregnancy in order to avoid making money from her private life.
Brave soul: Monica, who models for Agent Provocateur, decided to speak publicly about her pregnancy to address the inevitable questions she would get about the identity of the father
She said: ‘I wanted to avoid, above all, that they spoke about possible fathers or the possible candidates to be it.
‘So I have decided to tell all. To become pregnant, I turned to artificial insemination.
‘I want to tell, also, so I can have the opportunity to show my thanks to all those anonymous men that help to give many women like me, the dream of their lives.’
Monica felt uneasy about hiding the manner in which she was able to get pregnant but is happy to be helping make the topic less taboo.
Well planned: Monica, right, is the younger sister of Hollywood star Penelope and didn’t want to miss out on having a child
She added: ‘If with this I can help others who have doubts, then here you have me if you need me.’
Monica may not be as globally famous as her sister Penelope but she is a well known celebrity in her native Spain.
She rose to fame in the early 2000s as a star of TV show Un Paso Adelante and has worked with Penelope on a line for Spanish clothes retailer Mango.
Shining star: Monica, who has a clothing line for Mango with her sister, hopes that she will make the topic less taboo