The 51-year-old supermodel – who already has sons Flynn, 17, and Cy, 12, with ex-partner Arpad Busson – and 45-year-old husband Jeffrey Soffer are keen to have a baby together and are said to have decided to use a surrogate to expand their family after the Australian beauty failed to conceive naturally.
A source said: “They realised after a few months that having a baby naturally was a lost cause and they barely discussed adoption – they agreed on surrogacy quite quickly.
“Elle is thanking her lucky stars she had the foresight to freeze her eggs years ago. She figured they’d come in handy.”
Following a number of consultations with fertility experts, the couple – who married in 2013 – have now found a surrogate, but are keeping her identity under wraps.
The source added to Australia’s Woman’s Day magazine: “They’re keeping the identity of the surrogate a secret. It’s what she wants and it’s what they want. But I do know she’s in her 30s and has two children of her own.”
Elle and Jeffrey – who has three children from a previous relationship – began dating in 2009 but split in April 2012.
They reconciled in November of that year, after the hotel heir was involved in a helicopter accident.