Paris Hilton is under fire for revealing she's undergoing IVF treatment with her boyfriend Carter Rerum so she can choose to have "twins that are a boy and a girl".
In an interview on the Trend Reporter podcast, the former reality TV star said the expensive and complicated process was something "women should do just to have, and then you can pick if you want boys or girls".
Hilton said her famous friend Kim Kardashian had told her about using IVF in order to "pick twins if she liked", and that Kardashian had introduced her to her doctor.
The hotel heiress' comments upset many who felt her sentiments were insensitive considering the number of infertile people who struggle to access IVF.
"I wish her well on her journey so that she never has to realise how absolutely tone-deaf this is for anyone who has struggled with infertility and undergone IVF," one Twitter user wrote.
"For most people, it isn't there as a novelty to choose gender, but their last hope at the baby they want so badly."
"Paris Hilton your podcast regarding #IVF is completely insensitive," another said.
"Maybe do some research before talking about 'picking twins' and how that is not a true representation of #ivf #fertility. Your podcast was insensitive to so many."
One Instagram user said Hilton's words were a "slap in the face to people struggling to have one baby, let alone more".
"Designer babies are not what IVF is for, and to say otherwise is both incorrect and incredibly offensive. And if she actually needs IVF, this is a super weird coping mechanism to pretend she chose it."
"Anyone who needs to select a gender shouldn't have children!" another comment read. "A baby is a baby. Either you want one or you don't. This isn’t shopping for a handbag."
Hilton, who will turn 40 years old in February, also revealed she had already picked the name of one of her potential children picked out: "I have baby London, which is the girl, and I'm trying to figure out a name for the boy," she said.