Chrissy Teigen confessed on Thursday that the miscarriage she said two years ago was actually an abortion — which came as a surprise to her.
Teigen and husband John Legend had revealed that they lost their son Jack at 20 weeks in September 2020 due to a pregnancy complication. Then they said it was a miscarriage.
Speaking at the “A Day of Unreasonable Conversation” summit of Propper Daley’s “A Day of Unreasonable Conversation” held Thursday (Sept. 15), Teigen said the revelation that it was in fact an abortion came as a shock to her. came.
“Two years ago, when I was pregnant with Jack, John and my third child, I had to make many difficult and heartbreaking decisions. Halfway through, it became very clear that he would not survive, and neither would I without medical intervention,” she said.
Teigen, who shares Luna (6) and Miles (4) with Legend and is currently pregnant, noted that she received great medical care and loving friends and family who supported her. She was also grateful to strangers who showed their support after the couple made the news public.
She went on, discussing her miscarriage, before stopping. “Let’s just call it what it was: it was an abortion,” the star said. “An abortion to save my life for a baby who had absolutely no chance. And to be honest, I never, ever put that together, until a few months ago actually.”
Teigen said she came to the realization after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier this summer. She told Legend that she felt sympathy for people who have had an abortion and the circumstances they had to go through and the emotional decision “they” had to make, when Legend made her realize that she was, in fact, one of those people.
“I fell silent and felt weird that I hadn’t understood it that way,” Teigen said. “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 got really frustrated that I didn’t say what it was in the first place, and I felt stupid that it had taken me over a year to really understand that we’d had an abortion.”
Teigen did a talk called “We Made That Choice”. The event-only event — produced in collaboration with culture change agency Invisible Hand, featuring The Hollywood Reporter as a media partner — took place at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, where an entire day was programmed to unite television writers, producers and executives with cultural change agents.
The day’s multiple conversations covered intellectual humility, mental health, social and economic divisions, criminal justice, reproductive rights, climate change, responsible technology and more, which aim to influence future on-screen storylines and ensure the authenticity of the on-screen stories. to help preserve the screen.
Kirsten Chuba contributed to this report.
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