Rodrigo Alves, now known as Roddy since becoming a transgender woman, revealed on This Morning earlier today she has been living as a woman for three months and hopes to have gender reassignment surgery that will involve the removal of her breast implants and her penis.
The 36-year-old said: “I should have seen a psychologist but instead I self-medicated with hormones and then I was at an event having drinks and the next thing I knew I was in hospital.”
Urging anyone suffering with gender dysphoric disorder to consult a doctor rather than follow her actions, Roddy also admitted to some regrets about experiencing so many ops.
“I tried my best to be a male but failed badly because I wasn’t happy,” she said.
I tried my best to be a male but failed badly because I wasn’t happy.
“I carried on those plastic surgeries because I actually wanted to be a woman. I have gender identity dysphoria, I have been treating it.”
Roddy, who claims she feels “at peace” with herself, also noted she felt regrets about having a ‘fake six pack’ – but has no doubts about being a woman, and plans further surgeries to have her breasts enlarged and to ensure her voice is ‘more female’.
Viewers’ reactions on social media were mixed – with some of those watching at home very unsympathetic about Roddy’s situation.
One person who misgendered her fumed on Twitter: “Why do you give these people airtime! He’s obviously an intention seeker! #Ken #Barbie @thismorning.”
And another onlooker complained, referring to the show’s new format: “If watching Ken Doll is making up our extra half hour – I’m turning off!!!”
But someone else tweeted: “I think it’s so brave for “Human Barbie/Ken Doll” @Rodrigo to come out as transgender.
“It’s sad that she has had to spend almost £650K on surgery to get the “perfect” body. Wishing her so much love for her gender reassignment surgery.”
Another tweeted Roddy saying: “Just seen you on This Morning. Best wishes on your journey to becoming a woman. I think you look amazingly beautiful as a woman but please don’t go silly with the plastic surgery.
“Looking forward you seeing you at the end of your journey.”
– This Morning airs on ITV on weekdays from 10am
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