Speaking at the social impact agency Propper Daley’s “A Day of Unreasonable Conversation” summit held on Thursday (September 15), Teigen said the revelation that it was, in fact, an abortion was one for her been in shock.
“Two years ago, while pregnant with Jack, John and my third child, I had to make many difficult and heartbreaking decisions. About halfway through it was clear he wasn’t going to survive, and neither would I without medical intervention,” she said.
Teigen, who shares Luna, 6, and Miles, 4, with Legend and is currently pregnant, noted that she had great medical care and loving friends and family who supported her. She was also thankful for strangers who showed their support after the couple broke the news.
She went on and talked about her miscarriage before pausing. “Let’s just call it what it was: It was an abortion,” the star said. “An abortion to save my life for a baby that had absolutely no chance. And to be honest I never put this together until a few months ago.”
Teigen said she came to the finding after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. calf early this summer. She expressed to Legend that she felt sympathy for people who have had abortions and the circumstances they had to go through and the emotional choice “they” had to make when Legend made it clear to her that they indeed did was one of those people.
“I fell silent and felt weird that I didn’t get it that way,” Teigen shared. “I told the world we miscarried, the world agreed we miscarried, all the headlines said it was a miscarriage. And I was really frustrated that I hadn’t said what it was, and I felt silly that it had taken me over a year to really understand that we were having an abortion.”
Teigen gave a talk titled “We Made That Choice.” The invitation-only event – produced in collaboration with culture change agency Invisible Hand, with The Hollywood Reporter as Media Partners – held at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, it offered a full day of programming designed to connect television writers, producers and executives with cultural changemakers.
The day’s numerous conversations included intellectual humility, mental health, social and economic divide, criminal justice, reproductive rights, climate change, responsible technology and more, all designed to influence future on-screen storylines and help enhance the authenticity of the narratives shown on-screen true.
Kirsten Chuba contributed to this report.
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