John Legend says the miscarriage he and Chrissy Teigen experienced nearly two years ago “tested” the couple, but it also showed him how brave his wife is.
“It was a tragedy,” John said in an interview published Monday in The Guardian. “But I think it strengthened our resolve and our resilience because we were there for each other. We came away even more confident in who we were as a couple and as a family.”
Chrissy and John, parents to Luna and Miles, experienced pregnancy loss in September 2020 after she was diagnosed with partial placental abruption and had to give birth at 20 weeks. The couple said they had named the baby Jack.
The couple has been open about their fertility and pregnancy journeys in the past and shared their loss in personal photos.
“It was raw to share our experience,” John told The Guardian. “She was worried, but our instinct was to do it because people knew we were pregnant and Chrissy felt that she needed to tell the full story of what happened.”
The photos, like anything on the internet, generated a polarizing response, but John said the couple was “surprised by the outpouring of love and support we felt”.
“We found out how many other families have been through this,” he said. “It was a powerful and brave thing for Chrissy to do to share that because she made a lot of people feel like they were being watched and that they weren’t alone.”
Chrissy, in an October essay for Medium, explained why she wanted the photos taken and addressed the backlash.
“I can’t express how little I care that they hate the photos,” the supermodel wrote at the time. “I don’t care if it’s something you wouldn’t have done. I lived it, I chose to do it and, more than anything, these photos are not for anyone other than people who have lived through this or are curious to wonder what something like this is like.”
“These photos are only for the people who need them,” he added. “The thoughts of others do not matter to me.”
Chrissy said in January that she had been sober for six months. She said in March that she had undergone in vitro fertilization to get pregnant again.
Help and support:
- Sands works to support anyone affected by the death of a baby.
- Tommy’s funds research on miscarriages, stillbirths and premature births, and provides pregnancy health information to parents.
- Saying Goodbye offers support to anyone who has experienced the lost of a baby during the pregnancyat birth or in infancy.