Chrissy Teigen admitted Thursday that the miscarriage she said she had two years ago was actually a miscarriage — which surprised her.
Teigen and husband John Legend revealed that they lost their son Jack at 20 weeks in September 2020 due to pregnancy complications. At the time, they said it was a miscarriage.
Speaking at social impact agency Proper Daily’s “A Day of Irrational Conversations” summit, which took place on Thursday, Teigen said the revelation that it was in fact an abortion came as a shock to her.
“Two years ago, when I was pregnant with Jack, John and our third child, I had to make some very difficult and heartbreaking decisions. Halfway through it became very clear that he was not going to survive, and that I “I will not live without any medical intervention,” she said.
Teigen, who shares 6-year-old Luna and 4-year-old Miles with Legend and is currently pregnant, noted that she had excellent medical care and was supported by loving friends and family. She was also grateful to strangers who showed their support after the couple’s news broke.
She went on to discuss her abortion, before stopping herself. “Let’s just call it what it was: It was a miscarriage,” the star said. “An abortion to save my life for a child that had no chance. And to be honest, I never really put it together until a few months ago.
Teigen said she came to a realization after the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade earlier this summer. She expressed to Legend that she felt sympathy for people who have miscarriages and the situations they go through and the emotional decision “they” have to make, when Legend made her realize that she was actually is one of those people.
“I fell silent, feeling weird that I hadn’t realized it this way,” Teigen shared. “I told the world we had a miscarriage, the world agreed we had a miscarriage, all the headlines said it was a miscarriage. And I was really disappointed that I didn’t say it earlier. What was, and I felt stupid that it took me over a year to realize that we had miscarried.
Teigen was giving a speech called “We Made This Choice.” Invitation-only event — produced in collaboration with culture change agency Invisible Hand. The Hollywood Reporter as a media partner — was held at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, and featured a full day of programming designed to unite television writers, producers and executives with cultural changemakers. .
The day’s many conversations include intellectual humility, mental health, social and economic divides, criminal justice, reproductive rights, climate change, responsible technology and more, with the goal of influencing future on-screen stories and on-screen stories. To help maintain authenticity in visual narratives.
Kristen Chuba contributed to this report.