John Legend reveals he felt ‘a sense of community’ after he and Chrissy Teigen lost baby son Jack

John Legend has revealed that he felt ‘a real sense of community’ when he and wife Chrissy Teigen revealed their baby son had been stillborn.

The couple, who are also parents to Luna, four, and two-year-old Miles, announced that they had lost their third child, Jack, in the 20th week of pregnancy last year.  

While appearing on CBS This Morning, John reflected on the support they received and how he thinks speaking publicly about their loss has helped others.

Candid: John Legend has revealed that he felt ‘a real sense of community’ when he and wife Chrissy Teigen revealed they had lost their baby son (pictured in March)

John, 42, said: ‘You know, Chrissy always is more sharing that I am. I’m a bit more private. 

‘But what I’ve learned through that process is, first of all, how often this happens to so many other families around the world.

‘We felt a real sense of community by sharing it with other people. They felt seen by us, we felt seen by them.

‘And I think it helps everyone deal with their grief when they know there are other people out there feeling it too.’  

Devastating: The model, 35, and her 42-year-old husband John Legend were left devastated when their third child passed away during his mother's 20th week of pregnancy

Devastating: The model, 35, and her 42-year-old husband John Legend were left devastated when their third child passed away during his mother’s 20th week of pregnancy

John added that he’s ‘so glad’ he went along with Chrissy’s ‘instinct’ to share their pain because he now thinks it was the ‘right’ thing to do.

He added: ‘I am so glad Chrissy’s instinct was to share this, because it was really the right thing to do. 

‘I think it helps us get through it, and I think it helped other families going through the same thing get through it.’

The singer also acknowledged their loss is common, but one which people can often feel uncomfortable talking about, so he hopes he and Chrissy have made things a little easier.

He said: ‘People feel such shame and they feel lonely, and I think we helped people feel less lonely.’  

Heartbreaking: Chrissy and John candidly shared their grief with the world and posted a series of black-and-white photos taken from her hospital room after Jack was stillborn in September

Heartbreaking: Chrissy and John candidly shared their grief with the world and posted a series of black-and-white photos taken from her hospital room after Jack was stillborn in September

Chrissy and John had revealed the loss of their third child in early October when they shared a series of heartbreaking photos from the hospital. 

Doctors had diagnosed the TV personality with partial placental abruption – where the placenta separates from the wall of the uterus causing the baby’s airflow to be blocked or limited.

Her body was no longer able to sustain the pregnancy and despite ‘bags and bags of transfusion’, doctors couldn’t halt the bleeding. 

All Of Me singer John told the Times T2 magazine last year that he admires his wife even more now because of the bravery she showed in her decision, despite feeling ‘nervous’ to take the images at the time. 

Missing him: Chrissy recently posted a photo of a bracelet made for Jack as she somberly commemorated what would have been his due date in February

Missing him: Chrissy recently posted a photo of a bracelet made for Jack as she somberly commemorated what would have been his due date in February

Chrissy later revealed she asked John to take the ‘uncomfortable’ pictures because she ‘needed to know the moment forever’ and admitted she knew he ‘hated doing it’.

Speaking to the publication, John said: ‘I was nervous when we were taking pictures in the hospital because emotionally I didn’t know if I could handle looking at them.

‘But I really do believe that it was good for Chrissy to share her story with people.’

John took some of the images shared in their social media posts, one of which shows Chrissy sobbing while sitting in her hospital bed. While another captures the devastated spouses cradling their baby’s body.

John revealed that since Chrissy shared their experience they have received an overwhelming reaction from people who have been through the same thing. 

Mourning: While earlier this month, it was revealed that big sister Luna continues to mourn her baby brother Jack 'every day'

Mourning: While earlier this month, it was revealed that big sister Luna continues to mourn her baby brother Jack ‘every day’

John also admitted that it serves as a reminder that although the family appear to lead the ‘perfect’ life, they are very much human and experience loss and tragedy.  

At the time, Chrissy captioned the images taken by John: ‘We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before.

‘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. 

‘We never decide on our babies’ names until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before we leave the hospital.

‘But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever.’ 

Earlier this month, it was revealed that John and Chrissy’s daughter Luna continues to mourn her baby brother ‘every day’ following his heartbreaking stillbirth. 

Chrissy’s mother Vilailuck, known affectionately as Pepper, revealed that the family have kept tragic little Jack’s memory alive by talking about him daily.

Pepper, 59, told WSJ Magazine: ‘Luna talks about him every day, and that’s how we grieve. We talk about him every day. That’s how we grieve. We’re getting better each day.… We’re getting so much better, and Chrissy too.’ 

Pepper, who lives in Beverly Hills with her daughter and son-in-law, helps care for the couple’s children, daughter Luna, four, and son Miles, two. 

Family: Pepper, who lives in Beverly Hills with her daughter and son-in-law, helps care for the couple's children, daughter Luna, four, and son Miles, two

Family: Pepper, who lives in Beverly Hills with her daughter and son-in-law, helps care for the couple’s children, daughter Luna, four, and son Miles, two 

Chrissy Teigen takes jab at Lori Loughlin’s college admissions scandal but misspells her name

Chrissy Teigen takes jab at Lori Loughlin’s college admissions scandal … but misspells name of Full House star

Chrissy Teigen took a jab at Lori Loughlin on Twitter Wednesday over the college admissions scandal she was convicted in.

Teigen, 35, told her 13.6 million Twitter followers that she wants to ‘go to hospitality school’ before invoking the name of the actress. 

‘I am old and didn’t take my SATs,’ the Sports Illustrated swimsuit alum said. ‘How does this work now? How do you get into school? Do I have to Laurie Laughlin photoshop myself being hospitable.’

The latest: Chrissy Teigen, 35, took a jab at Lori Loughlin, 56, on Twitter Wednesday over the college admissions scandal she was convicted in 

The Utah-born stunner then acknowledged she had misspelled the Full House’s star’s name, writing, ‘Dammit it’s lori!!’

A number of Twitter users chimed in with helpful advice for the Lip Sync Battle personality in her hospitality school ambition.

‘I work for a hospitality employment app and will 100% take the professional hit associated with hiring you on a job,’ one said. ‘What do you wanna do? Line cook? Dishwasher? Coat check? Host?’

Another user added, ‘I started later in life. It is never too late. Explore community colleges. People woefully underappreciate their value.’ 

Teigen told her 13.6 million Twitter followers that she wants to 'go to hospitality school,' then acknowledged she had misspelled the Full House's star's name, writing, 'Dammit it¿s lori!!'

Teigen told her 13.6 million Twitter followers that she wants to ‘go to hospitality school,’ then acknowledged she had misspelled the Full House’s star’s name, writing, ‘Dammit it’s lori!!’

Time of trouble: Loughlin was snapped going to court in Boston in 2019 with husband Mossimo Giannulli

Time of trouble: Loughlin was snapped going to court in Boston in 2019 with husband Mossimo Giannulli

A number of Twitter users chimed in with helpful advice for the the Lip Sync Battle personality in her hospitality school ambition.

A number of Twitter users chimed in with helpful advice for the the Lip Sync Battle personality in her hospitality school ambition.

In May of 2020, Loughlin, 56, and Giannulli, 57, both pleaded guilty in connection with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, admitting they paid an admissions fixer $500,000 to arrange for the University of Southern California to recruit daughters Isabella Rose, 22, and Olivia Jade, 21, onto the school’s rowing team, despite that they had no background in the sport.

Teigen has resumed tweeting after taking weeks off from the site, saying last month that the negatives of being on the site outweighed the positives.

‘I want to say that this is absolutely NOT twitter’s fault – I believe they do all they can to combat relentless bullying, any honestly, it’s not the bullying!!’ she said in March. ‘You guys have no idea how much they’ve reached out and worked with my team and me personally.’

She returned to the site about three weeks later, saying that she had missed out on parts of the experience.

‘Turns out it feels TERRIBLE to silence yourself and also no longer enjoy belly chuckles randomly throughout the day and also lose like 2000 friends at once lol,’ she said. ‘I choose to take the bad with the good!!’

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