Chrissy Teigen Opens Up About Her Life-Saving Abortion in 2020

"Let's just call it what it was: It was an abortion."
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September 16, 2022
Chrissy Teigen attends City Harvest Presents The 2022 Gala: Red Supper Club at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 26, 2022 in New York City
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Chrissy Teigen is opening about losing her son Jack in 2020.

Earlier this week, during Propper Daley’s “A Day of Unreasonable Conversation” summit on September 15, the cookbook author shared how she was forced to make “heartbreaking decisions” during her pregnancy in 2020.

“Two years ago, when I was pregnant with Jack, John and my third child, I had to make a lot of difficult and heartbreaking decisions,” Entertainment Tonight reports she said. “It became very clear around halfway through that he would not survive, and that I wouldn’t either without any medical intervention.”

While Teigen has always used the words pregnancy loss to describe the devastating events, during the event she explained for the first time that it was actually an abortion. “Let’s just call it what it was: It was an abortion,” she shared. “An abortion to save my life for a baby that had absolutely no chance. And to be honest, I never, ever put that together until, actually, a few months ago.”

She explained that, soon after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, her husband John Legend helped her realize she, like many others, had faced an extremely difficult and emotional decision and helped her understand the event as a life-saving abortion.

“I fell silent, feeling weird that I hadn’t made sense of it that way. 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 became really frustrated that I didn’t, in the first place, say what it was, and I felt silly that it had taken me over a year to actually understand that we had had an abortion,” Teigen said.

Teigen and Legend are also parents to daughter Luna, 6 and son Miles, 4. The couple are currently expecting their rainbow baby. Teigen announced the news last month on Instagram. “​​The last few years have been a blur of emotions to say the least, but joy has filled our home and hearts again. 1 billion shots later (in the leg lately, as u can see!) we have another on the way,” she wrote, adding she was afraid to publicly share the news. “Every appointment I’ve said to myself, ‘ok if it’s healthy today I’ll announce’ but then I breathe a sigh of relief to hear a heartbeat and decide I’m just too nervous still. I don’t think I’ll ever walk out of an appointment with more excitement than nerves but so far, everything is perfect and beautiful and I’m feeling hopeful and amazing.”

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