Chrissy Teigen and John Legend in 2019
Chrissy Teigen and husband John Legend have said they are in “severe pain” after losing their baby during pregnancy.
“We’re shocked and in the kind of deep pain that you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before,” she wrote in a moving Instagram statement.
Her post was accompanied by several black and white photos, including one crying in her hospital bed.
Model Teigen and singer Legend have two children and in mid-August they announced they were expecting a third.
In their last post, Teigen revealed that the Los Angeles-based couple had planned to call baby Jack.
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We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain that you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids it needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough. . . We only decide on the names of our babies at the last moment after their birth, just before we leave the hospital. But for some reason we started calling that little guy in my stomach Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be part of our little family and he will be forever. . . To our Jack – I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were fraught with so many complications that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you. . . Thank you to everyone for sending us positive energy, thoughts and prayers. We feel all of your love and we really appreciate you. . . We are so grateful for the life we have, for our wonderful babies Luna and Miles, for all the amazing things we have been able to experience. But everyday life cannot be full of sunshine. On this darkest day we will mourn, we will scream our eyes out. But we’re going to hug harder and love and get through.
“We don’t decide on the names of our babies until the last moment after they’re born, just before we leave the hospital,” she wrote.
“But for some reason we started calling that little guy in my stomach Jack. Jack worked so hard to be part of our little family and he will be forever.
“I am so sorry that the first few moments of your life were fraught with complications that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you.”
Legend tweeted her again, adding, “We love you Jack” alongside five black love hearts.
Teigen later added, “Going home from hospital without a baby. How can this be real?”
Facts About Pregnancy Loss
- In the UK, every fourth pregnancy ends in a miscarriage – most occur early before 12 weeks
- A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy in the first 23 weeks
- About 1 in 250 births is stillborn if a baby is stillborn after 24 weeks
- There are 250,000 miscarriages and 3,000 stillbirths each year, according to the Tommy’s charity
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Teigen, who is also a TV presenter, had documented her pregnancy on social media. She was rushed to the hospital on Sunday for excessive bleeding but had reassured fans that she and the baby were healthy.
However, in her last post, she revealed that “we could never stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed”.
Teigen thanked her followers for their “positive energy, thoughts and prayers” and thanked them for the “amazing” life she enjoyed with her family.
“But every day can’t be full of sunshine,” she continued. “On this darkest day we will mourn, we will scream our eyes out. But we will hug harder and love and get through.”
Legend, 41, is a multi-award winning Grammy artist whose 2013 track All of Me – a song he dedicated to his wife – spent 92 weeks on the UK singles list.
His parallel career in film, music and television has made him an EGOT – one of only 16 people to have won competitive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.
“Big Virtual Hug of Love”
The couple were flooded with messages of condolences and support on social media. Many praised their strength in sharing their grief, and some shared their own experiences of loss.
“I know that many other women like myself who have also experienced a miscarriage appreciate your sharing your story in order to demystify this all-too-common occurrence,” wrote one Twitter user.
Another wrote, “We lost twins when we were 20 weeks old, and hopefully your courage to share this can keep people from knowing they are not alone. Thank you.”
Kim Kardashian West was among the celebrities who sent messages, saying, “We’re always here to help and love you so much.”
Actress Viola Davis sent a “big virtual hug of love, love, love” while celebrity Paris Hilton said she was “so sorry for your loss”.
Actress Gabrielle Union added, “We love you so much and will be there for whatever you need. Always.”
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