Miscarriage & Loss

Celebrities Who’ve Opened Up About Miscarriage

Celebrities are candidly sharing their stories of heartbreak and loss (sadly, up to 25 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage), to hopefully help other women feel like they’re not alone. Here are the famous faces who’ve had the courage to say they’ve experienced miscarriage.
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Lindsay Lohan

In March 2014, Lindsay revealed that a painful miscarriage was the reason she missed some filming for her OWN docuseries Lindsay. “I cried so many times watching [the show],” Lindsay said. “If I know I’m not capable of being on, that’s why I would say I couldn’t film today. No one knows this... I had a miscarriage for those two weeks that I took off.”

“I couldn’t move. I was sick,” she said. “And mentally that messes with you. Watching this series, I just know how I felt at that moment and I can relate to that girl, which sounds kind of crazy. I’m like, ‘Oh my god, this is really sad. Who’s helping her?’”

 

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Lily Allen

The British pop singer has been brutally honest about having a miscarriage in 2008 and a heartbreaking stillbirth, losing a baby boy at six months pregnant in 2010.

“It was horrendous and something I would not wish on my worst enemy,” she has said of the stillbirth. “It’s something that I still haven’t dealt with. I never will get over it. I have dealt with it, you know, as being at one with it. But it’s not something that you get over. I held my child and it was really horrific and painful — one of the hardest things that can happen to a person.”

Today, Lily and her husband Sam Cooper are now parents to two girls, Ethel and Marnie. Of her stillborn baby she says, “I just think that he’s a part of my eldest really. If he hadn’t died, it wouldn’t have physically been possible for our eldest to be alive because I got pregnant with her so quickly. We’ve got a little stone in our garden with his name on. And lots of different things that I do, rituals, I have him in my mind. My husband and I shared this horrible thing together but it kind of brought us closer.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth says she lost her third pregnancy — and that the miscarriage threatened her life. “‘My children ask me to have a baby all the time,’ she said in 2013. ‘And you never know, I could squeeze one more in. I am missing my third. I’m thinking about it. But I had a really bad experience when I was pregnant with my third. It didn’t work out and I nearly died. So I am like, ‘Are we good here or should we go back and try again?’’

When asked if she would have more children, Gwyneth said, "I’m so past that, I think I may have missed the window. I think maybe when Moses was three I would have done it… but now he’s six and such a guy I feel like I’m out of the baby phase. If it happens, it happens.”

 

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Beyonce Knowles

Opening up about her struggle to conceive, Beyonce said, "About two years ago, I was pregnant for the first time and I heard the heartbeat, which was the most beautiful music I ever heard in my life. I picked out names, I envisioned what my child would look like... I was feeling very maternal. I flew back to New York to get my check up — and no heartbeat. Literally the week before I went to the doctor, everything was fine, but there was no heartbeat. I went into the studio and wrote the saddest song I've ever written in my life [called Heartbeat]. And it was actually the first song I wrote for my album. And it was the best form of therapy for me, because it was the saddest thing I've ever been through."

 

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Courtney Cox

Before welcoming her adorable daughter Coco, Cox struggled with several miscarriages. She said, "I get pregnant pretty easily, but I have a hard time keeping them."

 

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Mariah Carey

Before welcoming her twins Moroccan and Monroe, Carey miscarried. She said, “It kind of shook us (her and husband Nick Cannon) both and took us into a place that was really dark and difficult. When that happened... I wasn’t able to even talk to anybody about it. That was not easy.”

 

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Bethenny Frankel

The reality TV star, who is mom to daughter Bryn, miscarried after 8 weeks of her second pregnancy. She said, "I've honestly had women that I've been friends with in the past [say] they had a miscarriage. And I kind of didn't really understand, and I'd say, 'I'm so sorry that's terrible.' But not until you really go through it, do you understand what it means. In your head, it's a person that could never be. You blame yourself as a woman."

 

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Kirstie Alley

Attributing her weight battles to her miscarriage, the star says, "When the baby was gone, I just didn't really get over it. Neither did my body. I so thoroughly convinced my body that it was still pregnant after nine months, that I had milk coming from my breasts. I was still fat, I was still grieving, and I had just been told it was very possible I would never be able to have children. Fat, childless, with little hope for any future children... that's when I began to get fat.” After that, Kirstie adopted two children, William and Lillie.


 

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Brooke Shields

After miscarrying she wrote, "We were crushed. Up till then, I thought simply because it was time and I wanted to have a baby, it would work." She would later go on to have two children, Rown and Grier.

 

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Celine Dion

Before welcoming twin sons via IVF, Dion miscarried. Speaking of the experience she said, “They said that I was pregnant, and a couple of days after, [my husband and I] were not pregnant again. We didn't want to feel like we were playing yo-yo. 'I'm pregnant. I'm not pregnant. I'm pregnant. I'm not pregnant.' So we didn't want to do this thing. But we did have a miscarriage... I never gave up. But I can tell you that it was physically and emotionally exhausting.”

 

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Nicole Kidman

Though the actress has been mum on her relationship with ex-husband Tom Cruise, she did say, “From the minute Tom and I were married, I wanted to have babies. And we lost a baby early on, so that was really very traumatic. And that's when we would adopt Bella.”

 

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Emma Thompson

Sharing her sadness at not having any more children after her daughter Gaia (conceived through IVF), the star said (on a positive note), “There's been an awful lot of grief to get through in not being able to get pregnant again, but there are thousands and thousands of women like me who can't have children."

Plus, More from The Bump:

How to Cope After Having a Miscarriage

Conception After Miscarriage

Different Types of Miscarriages?

 

 

 

By Kylie McConville and Elena Donovan Mauer