15 Celebrities Who Openly Spoke About Their Miscarriages, Letting All Women Know That They’re Not Alone
Miscarriages are more common than we think. In fact, among women who know they’re pregnant, about 10% to 15% end in miscarriage. Grieving mothers may blame themselves, thinking that their body is broken when it’s not their fault at all. The shame that comes with not being able to keep the baby safe until birth is a stigma that these celebrities are trying to change by sharing their own experiences with miscarriages.
We at Bright Side feel that it’s important to share these stories to let women know that experiencing a miscarriage doesn’t mean they’re not good enough.
1. Meghan Markle
Meghan opened up about having a miscarriage in July when she felt a “sharp cramp” as she was changing her son Archie’s diaper. She knew that as she was clutching her firstborn child, she was losing her second. Through the pain of her loss, she learned that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered a miscarriage and realized that the only way to begin to heal is to first ask, “Are you okay?”
2. Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy wrote a heartbreaking essay about saying goodbye to her son Jack and why she needed pictures to be taken of the moment. She needed to know of the moment forever, the same way she needed to remember her kissing her husband at the end of the aisle. And she shared the story because she knew there were people who had lived this and could relate to her story.
Beyoncé spoke about having a miscarriage before becoming pregnant with Blue Ivy in a documentary and in an interview with Oprah in 2013. The reason she chose to share her story was because it was a big part of her life and she knew there were many couples who had gone through the same experience. She admitted that it was the hardest thing she had ever been through.
4. Céline Dion
Céline Dion endured 6 rounds of IVF and suffered a miscarriage before giving birth to her miracle twins. She said that she and her husband didn’t want to feel like they were playing yo-yo, being pregnant then not pregnant. But they didn’t give up and were able to provide their first son with siblings.
5. Nicole Kidman
From the minute Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were married, she wanted to have babies. But she lost a baby when she was 23 and had a miscarriage at the end of her marriage with Tom Cruise. It was incredibly traumatic for her, and she shared her grief. Today, she has 2 adopted children and 2 children with Keith Urban, one of which was conceived through surrogacy.
In the lyrics of her song, “Happy,” Pink wrote not only about her body insecurity, but also about her first miscarriage that she experienced at age 17. Being young, she felt like her body hated her that her body was broken, and she didn’t think she did what she was supposed to do. She’s had several miscarriages since then and thinks it’s important to talk about what you’re ashamed of, who you really are, and the painful things.
7. Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston confirmed the rumor that she had a miscarriage during the filming of The Bodyguard. In an interview with Barbara Walters in 1993, she described that it was very painful, emotionally and physically. She was back on set the next day, and it was over. But she had Bobbi Kristina one year later, so she felt blessed.
8. Christina Perri
Earlier this year, the “A Thousand Years” singer announced that she had a miscarriage. She wrote that she hoped to help change the story and stigma around miscarriage by sharing her own harrowing experience. She added that she was so sad but not ashamed and sent a message to all the mothers who have been in the same place and who will be one day that she sees them and loves them.
9. Gwyneth Paltrow
The actress revealed that she had a miscarriage when she was pregnant with her third child. Her children ask her to have a baby all the time. But she had a really bad experience when she was pregnant with her third because things didn’t work out and she nearly died. But the good thing is, she knows that she’s already the luckiest mom ever with the 2 kids she has.
10. Gabrielle Union
The Bring It On actress shared her experiences with infertility and miscarriages in her memoir. She wrote that she had 8 or 9 miscarriages. For 3 years, she felt like her body had been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant. But just 2 years back, she welcomed a beautiful daughter born via surrogacy.
11. Courteney Cox
Like her character Monica in Friends, Courteney Cox faced fertility issues. She had multiple miscarriages before giving birth to her daughter. She said that she gets pregnant pretty easily but has a hard time keeping the baby. One of her miscarriages occurred just before the character Rachel was giving birth in the sitcom, and she found it very challenging to do her job and make people laugh.
12. Brooke Shields
The actress found out that she was going to have a miscarriage right before she was set to go on stage for a performance with Kermit the Frog and she wrote about the experience in her memoir. She reflected in an interview that up until then, she thought simply because it was time and she wanted to have a baby, it would work.
13. Lindsay Lohan
The Mean Girls actress broke the news of having a miscarriage while filming her documentary series. She said that on the show when it was shown, she didn’t want to come down. She actually couldn’t move and was sick. It messed her up mentally.
The singer opened up to Rolling Stone about getting pregnant on tour and later suffering a miscarriage. She beat herself up for it, even though she wasn’t sure what really caused the miscarriage. That’s because she thought the reason it happened was just because of the lifestyle she was living. She was overworked, anemic, and suffered from fainting spells. Her body just broke down.
15. Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey’s first pregnancy with Nick Cannon ended with a miscarriage. They were ready to break the news to friends and family but they found out that she was no longer pregnant. It kind of shook them both and took them to a place that was really dark and difficult. At that time, she wasn’t able to talk to anybody about it.
What we can take from their stories
From these stories, we can see that miscarriages can happen to any woman through no fault of their own. Grieving parents can also take comfort in knowing that most miscarriages occur because the fetus isn’t developing normally which can occur by chance, and not due to problems inherited by the parents. While it’s still a sad thing to happen to anyone, there is reason to have hope that future pregnancies will bring a child into the world.
Have you ever experienced a miscarriage yourself or know someone who has? Share your story and this article so that women in your life know that they’re not alone.