Louis Theroux is undoubtedly one of the UK’s national treasures, with the award-winning documentary filmmaker causing viral news for his films on everything from autism and post-natal depression to scientology and anorexia.
In his new autobiography Gotta Get Theroux This however, Louis explained how there are some topics that he wouldn’t cover – anything that made his wife Nancy Strang uncomfortable.
Louis went on to talk about his wife in his autobiography, opening up about the miscarriages they suffered before having their third child.
‘Getting to term [in her pregnancy] had been a trial, two had ended in miscarriage,’ reads the passage in Gotta Get Theroux This. ‘There were tears on a weekend in Yosemite. We’d been through nothing like that before. A language of grief and the social forms I was versed in did not seem adequate to the occasion.
He continued: ‘But sadness was complete and if I’m honest, I didn’t understand what she was going through. It still seemed abstract to me whereas for Nancy the babies had been real.’
And it wasn’t only miscarriage that Louis covered, also opening up about their traumatic experience with childbirth.
‘When they raised the baby’s head, tiny, cross faced and smeared like a bagel in what looked like cream cheese and jam I glanced at Nancy,’ he wrote of his son Walter’s birth by C-section. ‘I thought, “We’re not doing this again”.
‘Nancy looked half-dead afterwards, as pale as a vampire. The procedure had been delayed and delayed for various reasons. We felt like passengers whose flight kept getting cancelled.
‘The same sense of boredom and impotence but also fear. Then when it was going on there was a sense of hushed urgency and conferences. Vital signs were dipping and my mind naturally went to the worst place.’
Gotta Get Theroux is available now.