Chrissy Teigen Cries As She Opens Fan Letters About Stillborn Child Jack
Jul 22, 2021 by apost team
American model Chrissy Teigen, who is married to the musician John Legend, wrote publicly about the pain that goes along with having a miscarriage in October 2020. The model posted a photo of herself crying at the hospital alongside an intimate description of her feelings after losing her third child, a boy they had named Jack. Similarly, Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, wrote a November 2020 opinion piece for The New York Times titled “The Loses We Share” about losing what would have been her second child in a miscarriage.
Both women have since been commended for sharing their experiences publicly, especially since some mothers feel shame after losing a child. In fact, Markle specifically speaks to the taboo and stigma that surrounds having a miscarriage in her essay. Parents and prospective parents from around the world took to social media to praise the two women — and both Teigen and Markle have continued to talk about their miscarriages openly.
Teigen, who shares her personal life with the world on Instagram, once again addressed the miscarriage in a series of story posts to the social media platform on Wednesday. The new series of videos shows all of the supportive letters the 35-year-old model has received in the wake of her 2020 miscarriage announcement; the letters, which Teigen says she just received, were delayed in the mail.
“This is just piles of letters that we just got because the place we usually get mail from, where you guys send mail, has been shut down. And it opened back up, and now we got everything,” Teigen says in the video while holding back tears.
“We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain 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 he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough,” Teigen wrote in a revealing October 2020 Instagram post that announced her miscarriage.
“We never decide on our babies’ names until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before we leave the hospital. But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever,” Teigen continued.
The emotional post was accompanied by black and white photos of Teigen at the hospital in tears and snapshots of Teigen with her husband, John Legend.
After Teigen received an outpouring of support from fans and fellow celebrities, the star took to Medium to pen a thank you letter and to address critics of the post.
"The moments of kindness have been nothing short of beautiful. I went to a store where the checkout lady quietly added flowers to my cart. Sometimes people will approach me with a note. The worst part is knowing there are so many women that won't get these quiet moments of joy from strangers,” Teigen wrote.
On an April 2021 episode of “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” Teigen opened up about how she connected with Markle, 39, over their shared experience of having miscarriages.
"She had written to me about baby Jack, and loss," Teigen told Cohen in the interview, which has since been uploaded to YouTube. "She is really wonderful, and so kind — just as kind as everyone says she is."
"That's why you look at everything, and you're like, 'My god, what is absolutely wrong with people that they have to make this person out to be so malicious or so crazy, when it's just as simple as them being as kind as everybody says they are,'" she added.
Soon after Markle’s essay was posted on The New York Times website, it soon became the publication’s most popular post, according to USA Today.
“Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few. In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage,” Markle wrote. “Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning.”
On Valentine’s Day 2021, Markle and husband Prince Harry, 36, announced that they were expecting another child, according to Elle. A month later, during the couple’s controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey, Markle told viewers that they were expecting a girl. Prince Harry and Markle welcomed that girl, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world on June 4.
“On June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili. She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe,” Harry and Meghan wrote in an official statement posted on the Archewell website.
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