Three lovely children were born to John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. Luna Simon, their first daughter, was born in April 2016, and Miles Theodore, their first boy, was born in May 2018. Esti Maxine, their second daughter, was born to them most recently in January 2023, but not before they had a horrible heartbreak.
The pair, who have been married since 2013, and who are expecting their third child in 2020, were 20 weeks along when she was induced to give birth to the child, who her doctor said had no chance of surviving.
Partial placental abruption caused the miscarriage.
She then posted several images of herself in the hospital after the loss, including one of her and her husband holding their 20-week-old son as they said their goodbyes, along with a heartbreaking caption explaining why they weren’t able to continue with the pregnancy.
“To our Jack: I’m so sorry that you had such a difficult birth and that we weren’t able to provide you with the shelter you needed to live.
We will always adore you,” she said in the post, adding that this was one of their “darkest days” and that “everyday can’t be full of brightness.”
She was showered with love and support, but she was also harshly criticized for posting the pictures. John Legend had previously supported his wife’s decision to release the images, but in a recent interview with Alex Cooper for her well-known Call Her Daddy podcast, he is doing so once more.
He noted how disclosing those particulars aided in developing ‘a sense of community’ around something that many people had never disclosed in public. By realizing how typical this kind of pregnancy loss is, he helped others feel more at ease about it and gave them hope that they weren’t alone.
“She was discussing all that when things got problematic, she had to go on bed rest, and we were attempting to save the pregnancy. So it would have been strange to keep the outcome to herself, he continued, “because then it’s just like the baby just vanished and there’s no explanation.”
John Legend claims that as the father, he felt helpless.
John Legend went on to talk about how the pregnancy loss affected him, including how it felt to be the father and not be the one carrying the child. He also praised his wife for having the guts to talk about those issues. Additionally, he conveyed his sincere gratitude for all the love and support they had throughout everything.
“It’s hard because you feel – especially being the man in the relationship, not carrying the baby yourself – you feel this strong sense of grief but also this powerlessness, because you want to be there to protect, you want to be there to help, but you literally can’t do anything to really solve the core problem here,” he explained.
He also spoke candidly about how his family is faring with the birth of Esti in January. Legend referred to the situation as “exciting” and said that his older children, Miles, 4, and Luna, 6, are getting along great with their two-month-old sister. A second child, he remarked, “just fills the house up with more love.”
A few times around the block, he added, he and his wife are “more comfortable” with who they are and how they raise their children. “So, dare I say, it’s easier,” he added, adding that although raising a child is never easy, they have found their rhythm and are familiar with what to expect at this point.