The ‘Pregnant Man’ who gave birth to three children while transitioning from a woman to a man has finalized the divorce to his ex – after he agreed to hand over his shark tooth collection.
Thomas Beatie, from Hawaii, separated from his wife Nancy in 2012 after shocking footage emerged which allegedly captured her violently attacking him and mishandling their children.
A bitter row ensued which saw Beatie, who made headlines in 2007 as the first legally transgender man to become pregnant, arrested accused of stalking his ex and placing a GPS tracker in her car.
The father-of-three, dubbed the ‘Pregnant Man’, began his collection in 2006 on the North Carolina shore.
Since then he’d amassed more than 70 shark’s teeth including a rare specimen from the long-extinct megladon species.
Beatie was born as a woman, Tracy Lagondino, in Hawaii in 1974, but says he always felt like he wanted to be a man.
When he was in his 20s he began having testosterone injections, giving him facial hair, a lower voice and altering his sexual organs.
The couple met shortly after Beatie began taking the testosterone. Nancy is 11 years older than him and has two teenage daughters, Amber and Jen, from a previous marriage.
But at the age of 28 she had a hysterectomy because of severe endometriosis – where cells from the lining of the womb are found elsewhere in the body – so she couldn’t have any more children.
The couple married in Hawaii in 2003.
Thomas had already had a mastectomy to remove his breasts, and hormone treatment that gave him an outwardly male appearance.
But he chose to keep his female sexual organs so the couple could have children.
They bought sperm from an anonymous donor and Beatie underwent artificial insemination.
He eventually fell pregnant with Susan in late 2007 and had his next two children in quickly after, as he only wanted a short window of not taking testosterone.
He posed for a famous picture in 2007 which displayed him as heavily pregnant but with facial hair.
He told Oprah on her show: ‘I wanted to have a child one day. I didn’t know how. It was just a dream.’
The couple has been open about their sex life, revealing on Oprah that the testosterone had enlarged Beatie’s clitoris. It grew to something like a small penis, allowing him to have sex with his wife, he said.
But the relationship soured and by 2012, the couple had separated with Beatie given full custody of the children after he claimed Nancy was a violent alcoholic who would attack him in the night and once punched him in the crotch in front of the kids.