At the end of September, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend announced the incredibly sad news that they had lost their third child, a baby boy named Jack, after Teigen had pregnancy complications which led to hospitalisation.
Sharing her devastation and immense grief on Instagram, where she had been updating her followers on her hospital stay, Teigen wrote, “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.”
The statement was accompanied by heartbreaking photos showing the couple at the hospital saying goodbye to their baby through tears and Teigen was praised worldwide for sharing a moment that so many women go through privately.
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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. . . 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. . . 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. . . Thank you to everyone who has been sending us positive energy, thoughts and prayers. We feel all of your love and truly appreciate you. . . We are so grateful for the life we have, for our wonderful babies Luna and Miles, for all the amazing things we’ve been able to experience. But everyday 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.
Since then, there’s been silence on both Chrissy and John’s social media accounts. But now, just under a fortnight after they announced their tragic news, Chrissy has made a small return to Instagram.
Over the weekend, popular funny Instagram account, Betches, posted a meme which read: “Just booked an eyebrow waxing appointment and I’m excited I’ll be wearing a mask so I don’t have to hear ‘mustache too?'”
Commenting on the post, Chrissy wrote: “Finally, a giggle. Thank you.”
This small comment is the first time there’s been any activity on Teigen’s Instagram since she announced the family’s loss. On Twitter, she wrote “Driving home from the hospital with no baby. How can this be real,” on October 1st, but hasn’t posted since.
Though she was met by support from millions of people when she announced Jack’s death, others were less kind, writing that the couple should have kept their grief private, because god forbid women talk publicly about anything that happens to their own bodies. Following the backlash, many people jumped to Teigen’s defense, including Robin Williams’ daughter, Zelda, who wrote: “However someone chooses to grieve, publicly or privately, is VALID. Grief will fill a room if you let it, and spill out of every window and door. Let people grieve however they choose, not however you believe they should, and hope the world returns the favor for you one day.”