Last year, two models and best friends made headlines with their incredible story of a selfless surrogacy followed by a miraculous second pregnancy.
But it has been months since Rosie Luik, 32, and Lauren Lichtnauer, 37, last spoke to each other, it has been revealed.
The incredible story of the women became known after they both appeared in 60 minutes in May 2016.
Rosie revealed that she decided to have her best friend’s baby in 2011 after seeing Lauren undergo 21 unsuccessful IVF treatments and four miscarriages.
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Rosie Luik, 32 (left) and Lauren Lichtnauer, 37 (right) were best friends with an incredible story – Rosie acted as Lauren’s surrogate after having 21 failed IVF attempts
The women grabbed the headlines when they shared their touching 60-minute story last year (pictured) But Lauren has now revealed that they haven’t spoken since the segment aired.
âI just blurted it out, I said, ‘Look, we’ll talk about this later, but basically I’m having your baby,’ she told 60 Minutes at the time.
âI knew I was good at it. I had had three babies. I had never had a complication. I just wanted to help Lauren.
Lauren admitted at the time that she was amazed at her best friend’s selflessness, but that there was a part of her that couldn’t help but feel jealous.
âAs much as I love Rosie and I loved her, there was a part of me that looked at her and hated her secretly,â she revealed frankly in the interview.
The couple’s story became even more incredible when, by a twist of fate, Lauren got pregnant just weeks before Rosie gave birth to the twins, Amelia and Saskia.
At the time, the women said the whole experience only brought them closer together.
Lauren claims Rosie blocked her on social media and started talking to other media about surrogacy without her best friend
Lauren said she felt Rosie was “using the girls” to try and bolster her own publicity
She believes Rosie used her best friend story to promote her own ever-growing modeling career.
‘See my best friend’s face when [the girls] were placed in his arms was just magical, âsaid Rosie. “And that’s something I’ll never forget.”
But Lauren now claims that “forgetting” is exactly what Rosie did after the interview aired, alleging the Brisbane model cut her off completely and blocked her from social media.
Lauren, now a mother of six, said she and Rosie agreed to interviews together, but her friend quickly gave up on the promise.
âShe started talking about surrogacy to various news outlets and promoted her modeling,â Lauren told the Courier Mail.
“I wasn’t happy that she was using the girls to do this.”
Lauren believes Rosie used her best friend story to promote her own ever-growing modeling career, even calling her an “attention seeker.”
Rosie declined to comment on Lauren’s claims, telling Daily Mail Australia she was focused on “inspiring other women and mothers to step out of their comfort zones”
Rosie (pictured with one of her daughters) has found incredible success as a model despite her late entry into the industry, even landing a position with Beyond Coconut Water
Rosie declined to comment on Lauren’s allegations.
“I am not interested in commenting on this story,” she told Daily Mail Australia in a statement.
âI want to inspire other women and mothers to step out of their comfort zone and achieve their goals while making women support each other. ”
Rosie has enjoyed incredible success as a model despite her late entry into the industry.
She was inspired to pursue her childhood dream after nearly losing her life.
The model revealed in interviews that after giving birth to Amelia and Saskia, she contracted an infection that resurfaced after giving birth to her fourth child.
Rosie had to have a hysterectomy and then developed peritonitis, a life-threatening infection of the stomach organs.
The mother of four is also the Australian ambassador for Britney Spears’ lingerie line
Meanwhile, Lauren (pictured with one of her twins) legally changed her family’s last name to Hartwin to further separate herself from the story that made her and Rosie famous.
The mother of four had to be hospitalized for three months as she fought for her life, the infection so severe at one point that her husband was warned she might not survive.
It’s an experience that Rosie says later pushed her to follow her childhood dreams to become a model.
She has since landed a number of major projects, including Beyond Coconut Water.
Rosie is also currently the Australian Ambassador for Britney Spears’ lingerie line, Intimate Britney Spears.
Meanwhile, Lauren legally changed her family’s last name to Hartwin to further separate herself from the story that made her and Rosie famous.
She is also currently working as a freelance model.
Rosie said she was “trying to get out” of the conflict, calling Lauren’s claims “bitterness”