John Legend shared some of the difficulties he and his wife Chrissy Teigen faced while trying to conceive their third child after an incredibly difficult pregnancy loss in the hopes that others going through similar situations won’t feel quite so alone.
The musician appeared on The Jennifer Hudson Show on Thursday where he spoke about the joy of being a new father of three after the arrival of his daughter Esti Maxine last month, as well as the tough times he and Teigen went through in order for make that dream into a reality. “We’ve been open about it because we’ve had challenges,” he told host Jennifer Hudson. “We had to use [in vitro fertilization] to conceive our children. We’ve had a pregnancy loss, and I think a lot of families grow through that, but I think a lot of people were happy that we talked about it because they didn’t feel so alone.”
Legend continued, “A lot of people go through this, and they go through it in silence or they go through it feeling like they’re the only ones going through it. And I think Chrissy and I talking about it has made people feel better about that journey.” In addition to Esti, the couple are also parents to a 6-year-old daughter, Luna Simone, and 4-year-old son, Miles Theodore. In September 2020, Teigen suffered a devastating pregnancy loss, announcing that she had been hospitalized for heavy bleeding and they had lost their son Jack shortly after he was born.
The EGOT winner went on to explain that after getting pregnant again, his wife was a little concerned about how Luna and Miles were going to feel about this new addition to their family. “We were worried because they seemed a little jealous when Chrissy was pregnant, and I was worried that they wouldn’t be excited to welcome her home,” he said. “But they’ve exceeded our expectations of how loving and excited they are. They’re just truly thrilled to be older siblings now.”
Legend first shared the happy news that Esti had arrived safely during a private concert in January, telling the audience that they had welcomed “the little baby this morning” and even though he “didn’t get a lot of sleep” he felt “energized” after spending “a lot of time” at the hospital. He then followed that up with an official Instagram announcement, writing, “On Friday, we welcomed Esti Maxine Stephens to our family, and our house is overflowing with love and joy.” He added, “I’m in awe of Chrissy’s strength and resilience and I’m so thrilled to see how Luna and Miles embrace their baby sister. I’m so, so grateful, but that doesn’t seem like a big enough word.”
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