The devastation of a miscarriage can’t be put into words. In the past, it was treated as a taboo subject, but in recent years, celebrities have used various platforms to share their miscarriage stories. Public figures are sharing their own stories of pregnancy loss to end the stigma and to assure others they aren’t alone in their pregnancy struggles.
Here are some celebrities who have shared their miscarriage stories.
Just this week, model and activist Chrissy Teigen posted about her and husband John Legend’s recent miscarriage.
“We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before,” she wrote in the post. “We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough.”
She then apologized to the baby, who the couple had named Jack.
“To our Jack – I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you.”
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In a 2013 interview with Oprah, Beyoncé shared the story of a miscarriage she had before Blue Ivy’s birth. Later in 2019, she talked about how the experience altered her perspective on success, telling Elle magazine, “I began to search for deeper meaning when life began to teach me lessons I didn’t know I needed. Success looks different to me now. I learned that all pain and loss is, in fact, a gift. Having miscarriages taught me that I had to mother myself before I could be a mother to someone else.”
The mother of four shared on Instagram a miscarriage that took place four months into pregnancy — her second miscarriage. She took the opportunity to express her gratitude for the family she already has with Alec Baldwin. “I am surrounded by such love and I feel so fortunate,” she wrote. “Thank you all for listening, for your support, and for sharing your own personal stories. We are stronger together
Country musician Carrie Underwood experienced three miscarriages just after the birth of her firstborn, Isaiah. She had two miscarriages in 2017, and one early on in the following year. In January 2019, Underwood and her hockey star husband Mike Fisher welcomed their second son.
The actress and comedian spoke to Health magazine about her miscarriage. Many people are unaware of the likelihood of miscarriages, just as Wong was in the past. She talked about how she spread the news about her pregnancy when she first found out, only to have to tell people the news of her miscarriage after. She hopes talking about her miscarriage experience, even in her stand-up routines, will shed light on the topic.
Kimberly and James Van Der Beek
James Van Der Beek shared Kimberly’s miscarriage story on Dancing with the Stars. Kimberly had hinted at the loss on her Instagram, writing, “It was a TOUGH weekend. Extra thankful right now to have help with my kids. Keeping these cuties happy as can be while I replenish at home.”
Lauren Kitt & Nick Carter
Nick Carter’s wife, Lauren Kitt, suffered a miscarriage in 2018. Carter took to Twitter to share the unfortunate news, “God give us peace during this time. I really was looking forward to meeting her after 3 months. I’m heartbroken.”
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Reality star Whitney Port shared her miscarriage experience on the season finale of The Hills: New Beginnings. She described her following grief as “all-consuming,” admitting how hard it was to keep it together for her son, Sonny. She said, “It’s like a death is happening inside your body, and you’re also supposed to show up for your child that you have and you can’t really be sad in front of them, and you’re just confused if your feelings are okay [or] if they’re too dramatic.”
Mike and Lauren Sorrentino
Mike Sorrentino, or Jersey Shore‘s “The Situation,” and his wife talked about their miscarriage experience on Good Morning America’s Strahan Sara & Keke. Lauren said, “I didn’t want to hold this in. I wanted to share it for other people going through it and just be honest so I can kind of heal through the process.”
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg
Of the celebrities on this list, this miscarriage revelation surprised lots of people. Co-founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan, has experienced three miscarriages, something they discussed when announcing being pregnant with a baby girl.
“Most people don’t discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you—as if you’re defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own,” he said. “In today’s open and connected world, discussing these issues doesn’t distance us; it brings us together. It creates understanding and tolerance, and it gives us hope.”
Today, they’re parents to two daughters, Max and August.
The actress shared a photo of her ultrasound along with the story of the miscarriage she had in 2018. “Having so many people follow me on Instagram and read my posts is both incredibly humbling and hugely uplifting. The support and affection that so many of you show me lifts me up during even my darkest days, one of which happened last year after I miscarried and lost the child of my hopes and dreams,” she wrote.
Tana and Gordon Ramsay
Chef Gordon Ramsay and his wife Tana have a family of four children. They shared about a miscarriage Tana suffered in 2016. “We were devastated, but thankfully we’re through the worst now. It could happen at any time to anyone,” Ramsay said in an interview, stating the incident brought his family closer.
In an interview, former First Lady Michelle Obama discussed the miscarriage she suffered before the birth of her two daughters, Sasha and Malia. “I felt lost and alone, and I felt like I failed,” she said. “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.” Her two daughters were later conceived through IVF.
Back in 2014, Lindsay Lohan opened up about the miscarriage she had. She revealed it was the reason behind her missing part of the filming for her docuseries, Lindsay. “I cried so many times watching the show,” she stated. “If I know I’m not capable of being on, that’s why I would say I couldn’t film today. No one knows this… I had a miscarriage for those two weeks that I took off.”
Singer Halsey revealed she suffered a miscarriage while on tour in 2016. She didn’t want to stop performing through the devastation, opting for pain medication and adult diapers. “I beat myself up for it because I think that the reason it happened is just the lifestyle I was living,” she told Rolling Stone. She refers to overworking herself at the time, stating that her body just broke down.
The former Olympic gymnast discussed her miscarriage in November 2019. “I felt so sad and guilty that I had done something wrong to lose this child,” she stated. She discussed her fear of her younger self’s behavior and lifestyle negatively affecting her body, “That was always my fear — that I had put my body through so much and done so many extreme diets and delayed puberty and all of these things, that it would cause me to have trouble getting pregnant.” She later had testing and blood work done, which disproved her fears.
The singer has shared her pregnancy troubles many times, from her miscarriage in 2008 to a devastating stillbirth in 2010. “It was horrendous and something I would not wish on my worst enemy,” she has said of the stillbirth. “I have dealt with it, you know, as being at one with it. But it’s not something that you get over. I held my child and it was really horrific and painful—one of the hardest things that can happen to a person.”
Renee and Matthew Morrison
Actor Matthew Morrison’s wife, Renee, suffered a miscarriage and shared her story on Instagram. “I don’t want people to feel sorry for me. I don’t feel sorry for myself, and to go through these experiences and to get pregnant and to be alive … to be alive is an accomplishment,” she stated.
The actress opened up about the life-threatening miscarriage she suffered. In 2013, she talked about how her kids kept asking her to have another baby. She spoke, “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’m like, ‘Are we good here or should we go back and try again?’”
Reality TV star and daughter of the late Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers shared the story over her two miscarriages. She had suffered them prior to the birth of her son, Cooper.
The singer talked about all the struggles she had over the course of trying to create a family of three children. She said, “I chased and prayed for pregnancy and learned so much about my body and biochemistry and immunity and gynecology through the process. It was a torturous learning and loss-filled and persevering process.”
Before the birth of her twins, the singer suffered from a miscarriage. “It kind of shook us both and took us into a place that was really dark and difficult,” she said. “When that happened… I wasn’t able to even talk to anybody about it. That was not easy.”
The talk show host spoke about the hard road she took to becoming a mother before giving birth to her son. “I fought tooth and nail to be a mother. I suffered several miscarriages including two at five months. That’s when you have the clothes already picked out, the nursery is already painted. They ask you do you want a funeral or do you want the cremation.”
The actress talked about how she suffered a miscarriage before giving birth to the daughter she has with Jamie Bell. During a sonogram early on in her pregnancy, her doctor discovered a blighted ovum; a miscarriage. She fully miscarried at three months. “Everything just took so much time, by the time it was all over. It just dragged out forever,” Mara said.
The reality TV star miscarried eight weeks into her pregnancy. “I’ve had women that I’ve been friends with in the past say they had a miscarriage,” she said. “And I kind of didn’t really understand, and I’d say, ‘I’m so sorry, that’s terrible.’ But not until you really go through it do you understand what it means. In your head, it’s a person that could never be. You blame yourself as a woman.”
The actress and former husband, Tom Cruise, suffered two miscarriages before adopting their two children. Kidman describes the losses as “incredibly traumatic,” saying she had to share her grief.
The former US Women’s National Soccer Team player talked about her pregnancy loss in Elle magazine. While many think athletes — with their super healthy bodies — might not face the same situation as other celebrities, Solo faced a life-threatening miscarriage. “The doctor said I was hours from dying,” she told Elle. “They ended up having to remove my fallopian tube.”
The singer faced a miscarriage when she was 17. “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 told USA Today. She has written songs about her multiple miscarriages as a way of coping.
Alley talked about the impact of her miscarriage saying, “When the baby was gone, I just didn’t really get over it. Neither did my body. I so thoroughly convinced my body that it was still pregnant after nine months that I had milk coming from my breasts. I was still fat, I was still grieving, and I had just been told it was very possible I would never be able to have children.” Alley has adopted two children.
The country singer has discussed her five pregnancy losses through Instagram. “To all the [women] out there who have suffered miscarriages and [are] still waiting for your rainbow baby, you are not alone,” she posted. “And I know nothing I say will make the yearning or pain any better but if anything know you’re not alone and that I was in the same spot a year ago. I pray you will see your silver lining too.”
The actress expressed her disappointment after not being able to have more children. She said, “There’s been an awful lot of grief to get through in not being able to get pregnant again, but there are thousands and thousands of women like me who can’t have children.”
Thompson and her husband, actor Greg Wise, welcomed daughter Gaia (Thompson gave birth through IVF at age 39) and later adopted their son Tindyebwa Agaba, a teen from Rwanda.