SHE’S spent almost two decades living the social life in Los Angeles, but now Lady Victoria Hervey is back home in England and looking to start a family.
The socialite and former model said that she found a naturalistic boyfriend in her LA “impossible” so now she hopes to meet someone in the UK.
And if she doesn’t find the right guy, VictoriaThe 46-year-old, who froze her eggs seven years ago, is considering doing it herself as a single mother.
“Then something happened to my friend who I was going to do it with. He was in the wrong place.
“It was October 2019 and a few months later, Covid happened and my plans were put on the back burner. Then 2020 went into survival mode.
“I was scared to bring another person into the world when it was so crazy. It was all so volatile.
“But now I feel like I’m ready. Everyone always says that there is never a right time a child, you just have to do it and things will work out somehow. I hope something happens next year.
“I don’t know if I will do it myself – ask me in a year! I know people who have done it themselves and they have been very happy.
“In Los Angeles it is impossible to find a single straight homosexual”
“And another question: now I’m 46, would I do it myself or get it surrogate? If so, my surrogate should be someone who practices yoga and is very healthy.
“When you’re pregnant, the baby takes in your environment, the music you listen to, the food you eat. How you feel is transmitted to this child. It will be so important to have the right person.
“You don’t want a surrogate listening to heavy metal and eating badly.”
Victoria she froze 12 eggs when she turned 39, and admits it’s one of the best decisions she’s ever made.
The grueling process involved daily injections to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs per cycle, followed by surgery to remove the eggs. She pays £610 a year to store frozen eggs.
She said: “I’m so happy I did it. I’m sure if I go back to London ten years ago, things would have been completely different. But there was no one I wanted to have a baby with.
“I also knew I didn’t want to participate America forever. If I had a child with someone there, I would be stuck.”
Victoria admits that she was inspired by a friend Naomi Campbellwho announced the birth of her first child when she was 50 and is widely admired 53-year-old Jennifer Aniston, who recently spoke about her struggle with infertility.
She says: “So many people are having babies in their fifties. Naomi is amazing. She waited and did it when she was ready.
“Fifteen years ago, people probably didn’t talk much about egg freezing. More than the last five to ten years. There was no such thing at the time, so it was a bad time for Jennifer.”
Victoria is now looking to get back on the UK dating scene. And she hopes there will be more choices on this side of the pond.
She said, “A date in LA? Forget it. There are no straight men. There are not many single guys. Then try to find one guy who is naturalistic – it’s impossible.
“I don’t want to be an old maid in Hollywood by myself – that would be unfortunate.
“Los Angeles gets very lonely because it’s so spread out. People are too lazy to drive.
“Someone driving to Malibu or West Hollywood is the equivalent of driving to the Berkshires from London. You’re happy enough not to move, that’s why it was so hard for me to do it.’
Victoria is currently using a celebrity dating app Paradiseas well as Hinge, but says she’d rather date someone who isn’t in showbiz.
She says, “It’s almost better to not have them. Any businessman would be great. Someone who is fun-loving and enjoys different sports such as skiing and horse riding.
“They should be animal lovers and enjoy traveling and the outdoors.
“I wouldn’t do very well with a person who just read books and sat by the fire every day. I need more action.’
Victoria — daughter of the 6th Marquess of Bristol, half-sister of the 7th Marquess and sister of the 8th Marquess and Lady Isabella Hervey — first visited Los Angeles at the age of 18, at the start of her Nineties It Girl party, and moved there permanently. in 2004.
She had a wild time at the Oscars, Golden Globes and Emmys, and she recalls one time playing with her friend Natalie Imbruglia in a room with Russell Crowe.
“My dog is my baby until I know I’m going to be a mom”
This came after his film Les Miserables won a series of Oscars in 2012.
She says: “He sang on the piano and everyone had a good time. It was a cool moment.”
But she insists Los Angeles has since lost its luster and is now riddled with crime and homelessness.
Last year she was so scared she bought a firearm and admits that was the moment she knew she had to leave.
She said: “I’m so relieved to be back in England. I don’t hear helicopters, I don’t hear fire engines, I don’t hear police cars. It seems to be very quiet here.
“When I was in Los Angeles, I had to buy a gun, and then I thought, ‘This is not how I want to see my life. I don’t want to live in fear every day.”
“There are a lot of home invasions with gangs coming in with guns.
“You have a plus earthquakes, very strong fires, as well as severe floods. There are so many natural disasters.
“I have a military backpack full of first aid kits – that’s why I was worried.
“I had a great time, but there’s no point in being there anymore. A lot of the Los Angeles I knew is gone, all these places have closed. So this is a brand new Los Angeles.
“And the party scene is completely dead. No events occur. Even seven years ago there were decent events, but this year there was no after-party at the “Golden Globe”.
“Of course Golden Globe would have been my favorite weekend – but not anymore.’
Victoria has now settled in her old stomping grounds of Chelsea in West London, where she played with Prince Andrei – who she famously dated – the late It Girl Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and disgraceful Ghislaine Maxwell.
With so many royal scandals of late, she’s been building a new career as a royal commentator, but as she prepares to start dating and embark on her mission to become a mum, her dog D’Artagnan remains her priority.
“He loves being here in England,” she said. “My dog is my baby until I understand. I think the baby will happen when it’s supposed to happen.”