Entertainment Chrissy Teigen Is Breaking The Stigma Around Baby Loss And Miscarriage, So Why Are People Reacting So Horribly?
John Legend has spoken out about the pain of miscarriage
And praised wife Chrissy for her 'strength' during these challenging timesHaving openly documented her struggles to conceive naturally in the past, Teigen made the brave decision to share a series of intimate black and white pictures of herself, husband John Legend, as they came to terms with their devastating loss and said goodbye to their baby son Jack.
This morning, Chrissy Teigen revealed the devastating news that she and husband John Legend lost their baby. Posting a series of heart-shattering pictures on Instagram, Teigen saidof losing her baby around half way through her pregnancy.
‘We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before,’ she shared online. ‘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.’
John Legend expresses his heartache in emotional message to Chrissy Teigen after tragic loss
John Legend expresses his heartache in emotional message to Chrissy Teigen after the loss of their baby son Jack
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As her followers react to the shock and celebrities flock to support her amidst this terrible grief, there are a chorus of voices commenting on her decision to share the news online as it happens. With a strong parent following, her openness aboutand baby loss is powerful. Because, as proved this summer, there is still huge stigma in talking about baby loss.
‘Oh Chrissy. I’m so terribly sorry,’ one of her followers replied to her statement. ‘My heart aches for you and John. I know many other women like me who also have experienced miscarriage appreciate your sharing your story to help demystify this all too common occurrence.’
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‘I am so very sorry for you, John and your beautiful children,’ another replied. ‘You are very courageous to share this. I lost my baby at 18 weeks & no one wanted to hear me talk about it. Thank you for giving a voice to all of us who have been there & are still grieving. Much love to you.’
As other women flood in with similar sentiments, it’s proof that the baby loss community not only supports Teigen but feels supported by her decision to share this painful loss. And yet, when you scroll through the heart-breaking posts of women sharing their stories, you can’t help but see the floods of people sending her vile hate and judgement too.
‘Does anyone else find this pretty disturbing?’ one Twitter user commented to hundreds of likes. ‘Why would you put a picture of yourself grieving on social media. I mean it's nothing else but attention seeking. Very strange behaviour.’
‘Who the hell, who in their right mind and attachment to the real world, has a photographer ready or available to capture a photo of something so tragic and heart-breaking?!’ another said. ‘Even going through the lengths of filtering it?! These celebrities have completely lost their humanity.’
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Chrissy Teigen makes a quiet return to social media following her tragic pregnancy loss. She shared her heartbreaking post on 30 September
Now is not the time for a 140-character thesis on the plague of celebrities grieving online.
These are just two of many judging Teigen and Legend for choosing to share their grief, criticising a picture of a woman in pain and telling them to keep their personal lives offline. Reading so many of them, you have to wonder, how many women who have too experienced miscarriage or still birth are also seeing the hateful comments, feeling even more isolated in their grief than ever? If someone as beloved as Teigen can receive such hate for sharing her experience of baby loss, how is the average woman meant to feel when she too wants to break the stigma of such a taboo topic?
Ultimately, whatever your personal feelings about photographing grief, it’s abhorrent to share hateful messages online as a family deals with such a tragic loss. Whether they wanted to take a picture to memorialise this moment, knowing they will never have a picture of the baby they’ve lost, or they simply wanted to show the raw, heart-breaking moment of losing a baby in visual form, it shouldn’t matter. What matters is that this is a family dealing with one of the most traumatic losses imaginable, and Teigen’s comments section isn’t the place for someone’s 140-character thesis on the plague of celebrity.
When it comes to someone losing a baby, whether a family is famous or not, if you don’t have something supportive to say, perhaps you’re the one that should be staying offline.
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