Condolences poured in on social media for Chrissy Teigen and John Legend after the couple announced Wednesday night that they had lost their baby son to pregnancy complications.
“We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before,” Teigen and Legend said in a statement posted to both their Twitter accounts.
The couple also received an outpouring of thanks from mothers and fathers for going public with their harrowing and heartbreaking experience of being in the hospital, hoping treatments would work, then learning the baby didn’t survive.
“So many families suffer this kind of grief in silence,” tweeted writer Jill Filipovic. “My heart breaks for these two, and I’m also in awe of their strength and their insistence on telling these tragic but all to common stories.”
A number of people also shared their own stories with pregnancy loss.
“I lived almost the same thing with my wife and it’s heartbreaking,” tweeted Marc Drucker, a self-described devoted husband and father. “We lost twins at 20 weeks and your bravery for sharing this can hopefully show people to know they are not alone. Thank you.”
“You are very courageous to share this,” added journalist, author and columnist Jae-Ha Kim. “I lost my baby at 18 weeks & no one wanted to hear me talk about it. Thank you for giving a voice to all of us who have been there & are still grieving. Much love to you.”
Teigen, 34, reportedly was halfway through her pregnancy when she was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Sunday. In a social media post, the model, cookbook author and social media personality revealed that she had been on bed rest and bleeding for “a little less than a month.” She didn’t specify her exact condition but said her placenta was “really, really weak.”
On Tuesday, Teigen described how she and her musician husband had undergone, “just had a really scary morning,” involving “a huge clot.” She tweeted: “The scramble to hear the heartbeat seemed like hours. I never thought I’d relief sigh so much in my liiiiife.”
But on Wednesday, the grieving parents revealed, “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.”
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 1, 2020
Teigen and Legend said their baby, whom they called Jack, “worked hard to be part of our little family, and he will be, forever.” Teigen and Legend also are parents of a daughter, Luna Simone, 4, and a son, Miles Theodore, 2.
“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,” Teigen wrote.
On Wednesday night, Teigen tweeted: “Driving home from the hospital with no baby. How can this be real.”
Vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and many of the couple’s celebrity friends — Kim Kardashian, Gabrielle Union, Hailey Baldwin, Paris Hilton, Channing Tatum and “Modern Family” alum Jesse Tyler Ferguson — also offered condolences.
“@chrissyteigen, @johnlegend, Luna, and Miles — Doug and I are deeply sorry for your loss,” tweeted Senator Harris. “Words can never be enough, but know that we’re keeping you in our prayers.”
Some organizations that promote awareness about pregnancy joined parents in thanking Teigen and Legend for discussing their grief.
“We’re so very sorry for the loss of your son Jack, @chrissyteigen & @johnlegend,” tweeted the U.K.-based Miscarriage Association. “For anyone affected by miscarriage, please know that we’re here to offer support and information to help you through.”
Another U.K.-based organization, Tommy’s, specifically praised Teigen for “breaking the silence.”
“Choosing to share this experience and talking so openly at this stage in her grief takes a lot of courage, and we’re so grateful that Chrissy is #breakingthesilence,” tweeted Tommy’s, which funds research into miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth. “We hope that she can take some comfort in knowing that she is helping thousands of women all over the world feel less alone. #youarenotalone.”
Throughout the ordeal, Teigen tried to stay upbeat by commenting on the hospital food or by posting some tweets that showed her well-known sense of humor.
It’s a hospital, john pic.twitter.com/thyf2TevGN
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 28, 2020
But then came the sadness, with the couple writing: “Every day can’t be full of sunshine. On this darkest of days, we will grieve, we will cry our eyes out. But we will hug and love each other harder and get through it.”