Chrissy Teigen says she had an abortion 'to save my life for a baby that had absolutely no chance'

A black and white picture of Chrissy Teigen in hospital
Chrissy Teigen has spoken out on her miscarriage, saying she now believes it was an abortion. Photo credit: Instagram

Warning: This article may be distressing for some readers.

Supermodel Chrissy Teigen says she had an abortion "to save my life for a baby that had absolutely no chance".

Teigen made the confession during the "A Day of Unreasonable Conversation" summit in the US.

Speaking during a panel, she said the miscarriage she suffered two years ago, losing her son Jack at 20 weeks old, was actually an abortion, but it had taken her a while to come to think of it in that way.

"Two years ago, when I was pregnant with Jack… I had to make a lot of difficult and heartbreaking decisions. 

"It became very clear around halfway through that he would not survive, and that I wouldn't either without any medical intervention," the Hollywood Reporter quoted her as saying.

"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, ever put that together until, actually, a few months ago."

While reflecting on the overturning of Roe v Wade earlier this year, Teigan said she'd spoken to husband John Legend about the sympathy she felt towards people who undergo abortions, as well as the  circumstances they endure and the emotional decisions they make.

It was then Legend who made her realise that she was, in fact, one of those people.

"I fell silent, feeling weird that I hadn't made sense of it that way," Teigen told the invite-only audience. 

"I told the world we had a miscarriage, the world agreed we had a miscarriage, all the headlines said it was a miscarriage. 

"And I became really frustrated that I didn't, in the first place, say what it was, and I felt silly that it had taken me over a year to actually understand that we had had an abortion."

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