When we go through an emotionally traumatic experience, we often close down and keep the pain private—and miscarriage can be a heartrending ordeal. Sadly, up to 25 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. But the more we talk about it, the less people will feel alone. In recent years, celebrities have stepped up to share their stories of loss.
Here are a few celebrities who have shared their own experiences with miscarriage.
Nick Carter and Lauren Kitt
Singer Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys fame and wife Lauren Kitt have a son Odin—and were expecting a baby girl in 2018 until Kitt suffered a miscarriage. “God give us peace during this time. I really was looking forward to meeting her after 3 months. I’m heart broken,” Carter posted to Twitter.
In 2014 during an interview, one of Hollywood’s favorite redheads, Lindsay Lohan, best known for her roles during her childhood and youth, in films such as The Parent Trap (1998) and Freaky Friday (2003), decided to share her experience regarding the pregnancy loss she had suffered and how that had affected her, as well as changing her perspective on many things in her life.
She clarified that the miscarriage was the reason why she decided to stop filming her own docuseries because she was not physically or emotionally well to go to the filming set and pretend that nothing was happening.
Lohan said: “I cried so many times watching the show… If I know I’m not capable of being on, that’s why I would say I couldn’t film today. No one knows this… I had a miscarriage for those two weeks that I took off.”
And then she added: “I couldn’t move. I was sick… And mentally that messes with you.”
Beyoncé spoke publicly about the miscarriage she suffered before becoming pregnant with Blue Ivy in her 2013 HBO special, “Life is But a Dream.” The singer described her experience as “the saddest thing I’ve ever been through.”
That same year, she explained why she chose to share her story during an interview with Oprah. “There are so many couples that go through that and it was a big part of my story,” Beyoncé said. “It’s one of the reasons I did not share I was pregnant the second time, because you don’t know what’s going to happen. And that was hard, because all of my family and my friends knew and we celebrated. It was hard.”
Like her famous onscreen character Monica, Courteney Cox also struggled with fertility issues. The actress had multiple miscarriages before carrying and giving birth to her daughter Coco. “I get pregnant pretty easily, but I have a hard time keeping them.” she told People magazine.
Cox told NBC News that her struggles sometimes made it very challenging to do her job and make people laugh. “I remember one time I just had a miscarriage and Rachel was giving birth,” she said. “It was like that same time. Oh my God, it was terrible having to be funny.”
Tana and Gordon Ramsay
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and wife Tana have four children—but in 2016 they shared that Tana miscarried five months into her fifth pregnancy. “We were devastated, but thankfully we’re through the worst now. It could happen at any time to anyone,” Ramsay said in an interview four months later. “It has brought us all so much closer,’ he said. ‘You realize how lucky you are and you reflect on what you have, how fortunate you are with your remaining children and you remind yourself of what you’ve got. It’s made the family unit even tighter.”
In 2013, Gwyneth Paltrow told the Daily Mail’s You magazine that she experienced pregnancy loss after having her two children.
Discussing her children’s requests for a new baby sibling, the actress said, “I had a really bad experience when I was pregnant with my third. It didn’t work out and I nearly died. So I am like, ‘Are we good here or should we go back and try again?'”
The reality TV star, who is mom to daughter Bryn, miscarried eight weeks into her second pregnancy. She said, “I’ve had women that I’ve been friends with in the past say they had a miscarriage. And I kind of didn’t really understand, and I’d say, ‘I’m so sorry, that’s terrible.’ But not until you really go through it do you understand what it means. In your head, it’s a person that could never be. You blame yourself as a woman.”
Kathie Lee Gifford
In 1992, Kathie Lee Gifford told her audience on “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” that she had recently lost a baby.
“Until you experience [a miscarriage] yourself, you really don’t understand the heartbreak of it,” she said.
“I suffered several miscarriages, including two at five months. That’s when you have the clothes already picked out, the nursery is already painted. They ask you do you want a funeral or do you want the cremation. We went through that not once but twice, me and my husband.”
After miscarrying, Shields wrote, “We were crushed. Up ’til then, I thought simply because it was time and I wanted to have a baby, it would work.” She would later go on to have two children, Rown and Grier.