Two years ago, Chrissy Teigen shared intimate photos on her Instagram showing that she and her husband John Legend miscarried their third child, Jack, when she was 20 weeks pregnant. Although it made headline news and countless fans outpoured sympathy and support, she is now backtracking to say it wasn't a miscarriage at all—it was actually an abortion.
Model Chrissy Teigen is known for sharing a lot of her personal life on social media, whether it's celebrating one year of sobriety or trying new recipes for her family in the kitchen. In October 2020, she made headline news for sharing intimate photos from the hospital, where she said she had a miscarriage. The outpouring of love and support was overwhelming. Fans and celebrities alike were rushing to offer their condolences. However, Chrissy has now changed the story completely—she claims she didn't actually have a miscarriage. She had an abortion.
Chrissy Teigen Told the World She Had an Miscarriage in 2020
On September 30, 2020, Chrissy shared a series of photos of herself in the hospital, writing a long message about the loss she and John had just experienced.
"We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before," she wrote in the caption. "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."
She shared that they named her son Jack when he was in her womb. "So he will always be Jack to us," she continued. "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."
The post has more than 11 million likes and thousands of messages of support and love. Not long after, it became headline news and the whole world came out to offer condolences.
However, there were a few red flags about the whole situation that people couldn't help but notice. For starters, the black-and-white pictures Chrissy shared were professionally taken. Many people wondered why a photographer would be invited to not only attend but also document such a delicate tragedy. Why would such a private loss be broadcasted to the world in such a public way?
Additionally, this all happened in the height of the coronavirus pandemic when countless small businesses were shut down (while Target and Walmart stayed open), people weren't allowed to visit their dying family members in the hospital, and some couldn't even host a funeral for a loved one who had passed. And yet a professional photographer was allowed into the hospital with Chrissy and her husband, and neither of them were even required to wear masks.
Those who were skeptical looked a little closer at the photos and noticed something odd. If you zoom in on the picture where she was crying in the hospital bed, the hospital bracelet says Melissa Diane Washington. Various reddit threads and Twitter users pointed this out and posed the question: who is Melissa Diane Washington and why was Chrissy wearing a hospital bracelet with her name on it?
A year later on September 28, 2021, Chrissy shared another photo from that day in the hospital and wrote a message to her son Jack. "A year ago you gave me the greatest pain I could ever imagine to show me I could survive anything, even if I didn’t want to," she wrote in the caption. "I didn’t get to take care of you but you came and went to get me to love myself and take care of myself because our bodies are precious and life is a miracle."
She continued, "They told me it would get easier but yeah, that hasn’t started yet. Mom and dad love you forever."
It's important to note that during this whole time, Chrissy maintained that she miscarried and the experience was out of her control. Weeks before the miscarriage, she shared that she was experiencing a month of excessive bleeding and it was "scary" for this to happen halfway through her pregnancy. She wrote a blog post for Medium explaining that her doctors diagnosed her with partial placenta abruption, and that she struggled with placenta issues in the past with her son Miles.
"But this was my first abruption," she wrote. "We monitored it very closely, hoping for things to heal and stop. In bed, I bled and bled, lightly but all day, changing my own diapers every couple of hours when the blood got uncomfortable to lay in."
She then wrote that her doctor told her what she knew was coming—"it was time to say goodbye." They tried "bags and bags of blood transfusions" and every one was "going right through me like we hadn't done anything at all." Late at night, Chrissy said she was told that she would have to let go of her son in the morning.
Chrissy had to be induced and have an epidural in order to deliver her 20-week old son, "a boy that would have never survived in my belly."
"I cried a little at first, then went into full blown convulsions of snot and tears, my breath not able to catch up with my own incredibly deep sadness," she wrote. "Even as I write this now, I can feel the pain all over again. Oxygen was placed over my nose and mouth, and that was the first picture you saw. Utter and complete sadness."
It's difficult to read this account without feeling the tug on your heartstrings, especially if you're a mother—and especially if you're a mother who has experienced a miscarriage before. Chrissy was very clear in her writing: she experienced a devastating loss that was entirely out of her control, and the grief and trauma were almost too much to bear. However, her story has suddenly changed.
Chrissy Teigen Claims She Never Actually Had a Miscarriage—She Had an Abortion
During a summit called "A Day of Unreasonable Conversation" hosted by social impact agency Propper Daley, Chrissy revisited the story of her miscarriage while participating in a talk called "We Made That Choice."
“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. It became very clear around halfway through that he would not survive, and that I wouldn’t either without any medical intervention,” she said.
She then redefined the experience entirely: “Let’s just call it what it was: It was an abortion. 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.”
Chrissy, who is pregnant with their fourth child, said that she realized she had an abortion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade this past summer, and she said her husband made her realize that she didn't actually miscarry—she had an abortion.
“I fell silent, feeling weird that I hadn’t made sense of it that way,” Teigen shared. “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.”
Chrissy's new account of her miscarriage made headline news, and she tweeted, "I told you all we had a miscarriage because I thought that was what it was. But it was an abortion, and we were heartbroken and grateful all at once. It just took me over a year to realize it."
Planned Parenthood tweeted their support for her, insisting that "abortion saves lives."
There's nothing more devastating than losing a child, and that's the message that Chrissy conveyed over the last two years to the world. However, there's a very real difference between losing a child and intentionally ending the life of your child in the womb. Our culture and its mainstream machines (the media, Hollywood, entertainment, social media) desperately want women to believe that abortion and miscarriage are interchangeable. It's a coordinated effort to redefine what abortion is; an abortion is the intentional killing of human life in the womb, regardless of how old that unborn baby may be. A miscarriage or stillbirth is something different entirely; it's the tragic loss of a child, which may be the result of an early delivery in order to save the mother's life. But delivering a baby early in order to protect the mother is not the same as intentionally ending the baby's life. That's why miscarriage and abortion are two completely different things, and it's misleading to even suggest that a woman losing a child because of an early delivery is the same thing as an abortion.
One can certainly feel sympathy for someone like Chrissy Teigen while also wondering how convenient this must be for the nationwide narrative of abortion. One second Chrissy was mourning the loss of her son, and a couple years later, right after Roe v. Wade is overturned, she's insisting that she had an abortion.
The veil was pulled back on celebrities a long time ago. We know that they are used to promote certain political messages in the culture, because they have more influence over how the youth think (and vote) than all the politicians in DC combined. It feels very much like Chrissy has suddenly renamed her entire experience in order to advocate for more access to abortion across the country.
No matter how much the conventional medical system, politicians, and celebrities try to rebrand abortion, it will never be anything but the intentional killing of human life in the womb. And that will never be the same thing as a miscarriage or stillbirth.