How could we ever remember when the news broke about Chrissy Teigen and her husband, John Legend, revealed that she suffered a miscarriage on September 30 last year. This was Chrissy’s third pregnancy, a welcome surprise after believing that she couldn’t get pregnant naturally.
Turns out, Chrissy Teigen is not alone. The mother of two is in the company of other celebrities including Beyonce, Halsey, even Michelle Obama, who have opened up about their past pregnancy losses. Here’s what these strong women had to say about their painful experiences:
Beyonce, 39, said in her 2013 HBO special Life is But a Dream that having miscarriages before daughter Blue Ivy was “the saddest thing I’ve ever been through.” She later told Oprah that “there are so many couples that go through that and it was a big part of my story. It’s one of the reasons I did not share I was pregnant the second time, because you don’t know what’s going to happen. And that was hard, because all of my family and my friends knew and we celebrated. It was hard.”
Former US First Lady Michelle Obama, 56, opened up about having a miscarriage and struggling to conceive in her 2018 memoir, Becoming. Miscarrying, she wrote, left her “physically uncomfortable and cratered any optimism we felt. I felt like I failed, because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were, because we don’t talk about them. We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken. I think it’s the worst thing that we do to each other as women, not share the truth about our bodies and how they work, and how they don’t work.”
Nicole Kidman, 53, suffered multiple miscarriages during her marriage to ex-husband Tom Cruise. “From the minute Tom and I were married, I wanted to have babies,” she told Vanity Fair in 2007. “And we lost a baby early on, so that was really very traumatic. And that’s when we would adopt Bella.” Nicole and Tom would later also adopt a son, Connor. She also has two biological daughters with husband Keith Urban.
Mariah Carey, 50, revealed that her first pregnancy during her marriage to ex-husband Nick Cannon ended in miscarriage. “It’s been a long journey. It’s been tough because I’ve been trying to hold on to a shred of privacy,” Mariah said in 2010 while pregnant with her twins, Moroccan and Monroe. ““It kind of shook us both and took us into a place that was really dark and difficult,” Mariah told Access Hollywood of her miscarriage. “When that happened… I wasn’t able to even talk to anybody about it. That was not easy.”
Halsey, 25, found out she was having a miscarriage onstage. The “Without Me” singer, who suffers from endometriosis, said on a 2018 episode of The Doctors, “Before I could really figure out what that meant to me and what that meant for my future… the next thing I knew I was on stage miscarrying in the middle of my concert. The sensation of looking a couple hundred teenagers in the face while you’re bleeding through your clothes and still having to do the show, and realizing in that moment… I never want to make that choice ever again of doing what I love or not being able to because of [endometriosis].”
Pink, 41, revealed in a 2019 interview that she got pregnant when she was 17, and had decided to keep the baby. She unfortunately suffered a miscarriage, though. “When that happens to a woman or a young girl, you feel like your body hates you and like your body is broken, and it’s not doing what it’s supposed to do,” she said. “I’ve had several miscarriages since, so I think it’s important to talk about what you’re ashamed of, who you really are and the pain (expletive). I’ve always written that way.”
Gwyneth Paltrow, 48, told You magazine in 2013 that her two children, Apple and Moses Martin, had begged for a younger sibling. She did get pregnant with a third child, but the pregnancy ended in miscarriage. “My children ask me to have a baby all the time. And you never know, I could squeeze one more in. I am missing my third. I’m thinking about it,” Gwyneth said, “But I had a really bad experience when I was pregnant with my third. It didn’t work out and I nearly died. So I am like, ‘Are we good here or should we go back and try again?’”
Carrie, 37, revealed on CBS Sunday Morning that she suffered three miscarriages in two years. ““We got pregnant early 2017, and didn’t work out,” she said in the 2018 interview. After suffering her second miscarriage in 2017 and another in 2018, she explained, “At that point, it was just kind of like, ‘Okay, like, what’s the deal? What is all of this?’” She even added that speaking openly about miscarriage felt like “a weight lifted off my shoulders. It’s not a dirty secret. It’s something many women go through.”
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