50 Celebrities Who Opened Up About Their Miscarriages

Caroline Bologna

At least 10 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage, according to estimates from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Mayo Clinic. But one 2015 survey found that 55 percent of responders believe miscarriage is “uncommon.” 

Another study showed that 40 percent of participants who had experienced pregnancy loss said they felt very alone in the aftermath.

In honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, we looked at the public figures who have shared their own stories of loss to comfort and support other women going through this painful experience. 

Here are 50 celebrities who have opened up about their miscarriages. 

1 Pink

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Pink revealed she was pregnant with her daughter during a 2010 episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." The singer said she delayed making the announcement because of her experience with pregnancy loss.

"I didn't want to talk about it because I was just really nervous, and I have had a miscarriage before," she said.

2 Gwyneth Paltrow

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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?'"

3 Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union revealed she's suffered "eight or nine" miscarriages in her book, We're Going to Need More Wine.

“For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant," she wrote. "I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle, or coming out of an IVF cycle.”

4 Beyoncé

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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."

5 Courteney Cox

Like her famous onscreen character Monica, Courteney Cox also struggled with fertility issues. The actress had multiple miscarriages before giving birth to her daughter Coco. "I get pregnant pretty easily, but I have a hard time keeping them," she told People magazine in 2004.

That same year, 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."

6 Nicole Kidman

In 2007, Nicole Kidman opened up about her early struggles to become a parent with Tom Cruise in an interview with Vanity Fair.

"From the minute Tom and I were married, I wanted to have babies," she said. "And we lost a baby early on, so that was really very traumatic. And that's when we would adopt Bella."

7 Céline Dion

In 2009, Céline Dion spoke with "Access Hollywood" about trying to have a second child with husband Rene Angelil.

The singer said she had been pregnant for a few days, but "it didn't stay." In an interview with Oprah, the singer maintained a positive attitude about the experience: "It’s life, you know? A lot of people go through this. We tried four times to have a child. We’re still trying. We’re on the fifth try, and I’ll tell you, if five is my lucky number, this fifth try has got to come in."

8 Halsey

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The singer revealed to Rolling Stone that she got pregnant on tour and later suffered a miscarriage.

“I beat myself up for it because I think that the reason it happened is just the lifestyle I was living,” she said. “I wasn’t drinking. I wasn’t doing drugs. I was fucking overworked — in the hospital every couple of weeks because I was dehydrated, needing bags of IVs brought to my greenroom. I was anemic, I was fainting. My body just broke the fuck down.” 

9 Mariah Carey

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While pregnant with her twins, Monroe and Moroccan, in 2010, Mariah Carey told "Access Hollywood" that her first pregnancy with Nick Cannon had ended in miscarriage. 

"It kind of shook us both and took us to a place that was really dark and difficult," she said.

10 Kathie Lee Gifford

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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.

11 Melissa Rauch

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The "Big Bang Theory" actress announced her pregnancy alongside a painful recollection of a past miscarriage in a Glamour essay. 

″‘Miscarriage’ by the way, deserves to be ranked as one of the worst, most blame-inducing medical terms ever,” she wrote. “To me, it immediately conjures up an implication that it was the woman’s fault, like she somehow ‘mishandled the carrying of this baby.’ F that so hard, right in its patriarchal nut-sack.”

12 Jaime King

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In July 2014, Jaime King revealed in an Instagram post that she had five miscarriages. Speaking to People about her infertility issues, she said, "I was hiding what I was going through for so long, and I hear about so many women going through what I went through. If I’m open about it, hopefully it won’t be so taboo to talk about it.”

13 Lisa Ling

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During a 2010 episode of "The View," Lisa Ling spoke about her first pregnancy, which ended in miscarriage. "I felt more like a failure than I'd felt in a very long time," she said. 

"We actually [hadn't] been trying that long," she added. "I don't know that I took it as seriously as I should have because it happened so fast. But then when I heard the doctor say there was no heartbeat it was like bam, like a knife through the heart."

14 Brooke Shields

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Brooke Shields wrote about her miscarriage in her 2006 memoir, Down Came the Rain. The actress learned the news right before she was set to go onstage for a performance with Kermit the Frog. 

In a 2003 interview with People, the actress reflected on the experience. "We were crushed," she said. "Up till then, I thought simply because it was time and I wanted to have a baby, it would work."

15 Whitney Houston

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Whitney Houston suffered multiple miscarriages in her life. During a 1993 interview with Barbara Walters, she said she had a miscarriage while filming "The Bodyguard."

"It was very painful, emotionally and physically," Houston said. "I was back on the set the next day. And it's over. But I had Bobbi Kristina one year later, and I am blessed."

16 Kirstie Alley

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In her 2012 memoir, The Art of Men, actress Kirstie Alley opened up about her miscarriage, an experience she said led to her weight gain.

"When the baby was gone, I just didn’t really get over it. Neither did my body," she wrote. "I so thoroughly convinced my body that it was still pregnant after nine months that I had milk coming from my breasts. I was still fat, I was still grieving, and I had just been told it was very possible I would never be able to have children. Fat, childless, with little hope for any future children ... that’s when I began to get fat."

17 Lily Allen

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Lily Allen has been very open about her experiences with pregnancy and infant loss. The singer revealed in 2015 that her new song "Something's Not Right" was written in memory of her stillborn son, whom she delivered in 2010 -- two years after she had a miscarriage.

"It was a really long battle, and I think that kind of thing changes a person," Allen said of the experiences in her 2011 documentary.

The singer has also encouraged her fans to donate to Sands, an organization that supports families affected by infant loss and funds research to help prevent future occurrences.

18 Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers dealt with fertility issues and struggled to get pregnant after having her daughter, Melissa. She opened up about her experience in a 1993 interview with People

“I wish I had had 10 children,” Rivers said. “After Missy, I had two miscarriages and a tubular pregnancy. Not having more is my only regret in life. We were going to adopt, and then Edgar changed his mind. I worry now because there’s nobody for Missy. When the chips are down, the only one who will take you in is a relative.”

19 Tori Amos

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In a 1998 interview with canoe.ca, Tori Amos talked about her miscarriage and how it inspired her music. "I went through a lot of different feelings after the miscarriage -- you go through everything possible," she said.

"You question what is fair, you get angry with the spirit for not wanting to come, you keep asking why," she added. "And then, as I was going through the anger and the sorrow and the why, the songs started to come."

20 Ashley Williams

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In September 2016, Ashley Williams wrote a powerful essay about her miscarriage for the Human Development Project.

The actress shared the details of her experience and urged other women who have been through the same thing to feel more comfortable talking about it.

“Why don’t we talk about it?" she wrote. "Why was I feeling embarrassed, broken, like a walking wound?”

21 Giuliana Rancic

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In 2010, Giuliana Rancic suffered a miscarriage at nine weeks. "I was angry at life and at God," she told People. 

The talk show host said she wanted to share her fertility struggles with others. "Hopefully we can help people understand that there's nothing to be ashamed of," she said. "It's such a taboo subject, but it's a very common problem."

22 Leandra Medine

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Man Repeller founder Leandra Medine opened up about her miscarriage in an essay titled “The Baby I Lost, the Person I’m Finding."

“It is pain I don’t wish upon Hitler’s most devout follower,” she wrote. “It felt impossible to deal with emotionally, but even harder to try and suppress, which I so wanted to."

23 Nancy Kerrigan

During her time on "Dancing with the Stars," the former Olympian tearfully shared her long journey to becoming a mother of three, revealing that she suffered six miscarriages over the course of a few short years.

“Once, the pregnancy was far enough along that we actually told our son and he was so excited,” Kerrigan said. “How do you explain [a miscarriage] to a little kid? Having to tell them that it was now gone and they had to take it out? He asked why and we had to explain, ‘Because it’s dead. It’s not alive anymore.’ That was awful.”

24 Wendy Williams

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During the PBS special "American Masters: The Women’s List," Wendy Williams said she "fought tooth and nail to be a mother."

“I suffered several miscarriages including two at five months," the talk show host said in the 2015 special. "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.”

Williams, who has one son, added, “We went through that not once but twice, me and my husband. So our Kevin is a hard-won child. I would’ve loved to have had more children but I don’t want to test my blessing.”

25 Jane Seymour

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Jane Seymour told "Entertainment Tonight" in 2007 that she had once suffered a miscarriage at work.

"I actually lost a pregnancy live on television, announcing the Rose Parade, but nobody knew at the time," she said.

26 Eva Amurri Martino

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In August 2015, Eva Amurri Martino revealed she had suffered a miscarriage at nine weeks in a heartfelt post for her blog Happily Eva After.

"I am sharing in the hopes that we can be a light for people going through similar circumstances, and to remind myself and others that there is no shame in voicing our heartbreaks and allowing others to comfort us," she wrote.

"What was so shocking to me is how common miscarriages are, versus how little I hear them talked about," she continued. "I'm not sure if this is because people are ashamed to suffer this loss, or whether the loss is simply too painful to share (I can see how this could be the case also)."

27 Christie Brinkley

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In a 1998 interview with Good Housekeeping, Christie Brinkley opened up about her three miscarriages. "After the first miscarriage, I tried to take the attitude that it was my body's way of telling me that this pregnancy wasn't meant to be, and that it was better for everybody," she said.

"But after the second one, it was really devastating. Four months is a lot of living with that little life in you -- thinking about it, eating right for it, nurturing it and all of a sudden, it dies."

28 Tamar Braxton

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During an emotional episode of “Braxton Family Values,” the 40-year-old singer opened up about her miscarriage experience.

“I didn’t know how I was going to get out of my bed for a couple weeks,” Braxton said. “But you just do, you know? The same choice you make to be courageous and go through this process is the same choice to get up and keep going."

29 Loni Love

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Comedian and talk show host Loni Love opened up about the surprise pregnancy and subsequent miscarriage she experienced in her 20s during a poignant moment on “The Real.”

“I just never wanted that feeling again, because I was always afraid," she said. "I had so much love for that baby. ... That’s why I don’t take it lightly. After that, I made sure that I would never get pregnant again, because I didn’t want to have to go through that. I felt like it was a person that I was letting down.”

30 Ali Wong

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In a 2016 interview with The Guardian, Ali Wong spoke about miscarrying twins and why she's turned that experience into part of her comedy routine.

"It really helped me when I had a miscarriage to talk to other women and hear that they’d been through it, too," she said. "It’s one thing to hear the statistics but it’s another to put faces to the numbers so you stop feeling like it’s your fault."

She added, "I think that’s one of the reasons women don’t tell people when they’ve had a miscarriage -- they think it’s their fault. I remember I worried what my in-laws would think, which is so crazy. I thought they’d think their son had married a terrible person."

31 Sophia Loren

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In her 2014 memoir, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, icon Sophia Loren opened up about her two miscarriages. Recalling her doctor's cold response to her loss, she wrote, "His scathing words dashed all my hopes, making me feel powerless, barren and deeply inadequate."

32 Hillary Scott

Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott was very emotional when she opened up about her miscarriage on "Good Morning America" in June 2016. 

"I also feel like there's this pressure that you're just supposed to be able to snap your fingers and continue to walk through life like it never happened," she said, adding that the experience made her a "different mom" to her daughter.

33 Lela Rochon

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In 2013, Lela Rochon told Mocha Manual about a traumatic loss she experienced five months into her pregnancy. "Losing a child changes everything you feel and do from there," she said. "After that, the next pregnancy was pins and needles for me and everyone around me. Anytime relatives received a late-night phone call, they worried I had bad news ... Probably the biggest problem was me. You always feel that it is your fault when something happens."

She added, "I know everybody’s situation is different, but I also think you never truly get over that kind of loss and you never trust your body again until you see a healthy child come. When my daughter came and she was healthy and happy, it made everything OK.”

34 Barbara Walters

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Before adopting her daughter, Jacqueline, Barbara Walters had multiple experiences with pregnancy loss.

“I had had several miscarriages,” she told NBC's Jane Pauley in 2003. “And when I did, they were never reported. And I would take a couple of days off then, and go back to work."

35 Laura Benanti

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In 2015, Laura Benanti opened up about her miscarriage in a powerful essay on The Huffington Post. Calling miscarriage the "Voldemort of women's health issues," the Tony Award-winning actress questioned why so many people are afraid to talk about it.

"Everyone handles grief differently, and I am certainly not suggesting that all women run around telling people they had a miscarriage if that isn’t healing for them," she wrote. "What I am suggesting is that, if this is something that truly affects so many women and their partners (some statistics say 1 in 3 pregnancies, some say 1 in 5), then perhaps we need to encourage a cultural environment more conducive to empathetic understanding."

36 Sharon Stone

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Sharon Stone told AARP magazine in 2012 that she suffered three miscarriages before adopting her children.

"The last time I lost the baby, I went into 36 hours of labor," she recalled. "While we were at the hospital, our adoption attorney called."

37 Vienna Girardi

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In a heartbreaking Facebook post, former "Bachelor" contestant Vienna Girardi wrote about miscarrying twin girls after a twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome diagnosis.

"After days of laying in bed heart broken and trying to piece what happened back together a doctor asked me if I would consider donating my little girls to science so they can also understand why this happens and be able to save another women who has twins with TTTS," she shared. "This was the hardest decision I have ever had to make in my life but I knew my little girls were in Heaven already and the pain I feel I would never want any mother to ever feel."

38 Valerie Bertinelli

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Valerie Bertinelli suffered a miscarriage in 1987. That year, she spoke about the experience in an interview with People

"I'm still not over that one," she said, later adding, "It hurt so badly when I miscarried. I think about it often and get down."

39 Elisabetta Canalis

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In 2014, Italian model Elisabetta Canalis wrote about her miscarriage in her native language on WhoSay.

"I just want to say to all those women who are going through it to stay strong because life goes on and it is nobody's fault and nature acts in incomprehensible ways," she wrote. "We can only accept it ... We can't deny it, it's like an incessant sorrow you can't get rid of."

40 Mary Tyler Moore

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Mary Tyler Moore wrote about her miscarriage in her book Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes, published in 2009.

"As we were preparing to do the series, a surprise pregnancy gave the promise of a huge event," she wrote. "So, Grant and I set about the fun of telling anyone who'd listen that we were embarking on a production of another sort. In about six weeks' time the promise was broken. This growing expression of us both ended in its beginning. And the loss took my heart with it as well."

41 Nell Carter

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Nell Carter spoke about her three miscarriages in a 1994 interview with People.

The actress and singer said she blamed her husband for the losses, “even though I knew it wasn’t his fault ... Eventually it led us to finalize our divorce.”

42 Bethenny Frankel

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In 2012, Bethenny Frankel opened up about her miscarriage in an essay for Glamour. "Everyone knows someone who's had a miscarriage," she wrote. "I've read that as many as a fourth of all pregnancies end in one."

Frankel continued, "A few years ago a friend of mine told me she'd miscarried, and I remember saying, 'Oh God, that's terrible.' But I didn't really get it: how many feelings you cycle through in a matter of minutes. How depressing the process is, and how anticlimactic -- the exact opposite of having a baby."

43 Amy Brenneman

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Amy Brenneman struggled to conceive her second child and suffered a miscarriage along the way. "A lot of women have been through it," she told WENN in 2005. "It's this very odd thing to get your head around."

She added that the loss affected her relationship with her husband. "This miscarriage brought us very close, and we were grateful for what we had," she said.

44 Melissa Rivers

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In 2011, Melissa Rivers told Celebrity Baby Scoop she struggled to conceive her son Cooper and suffered a pregnancy loss before having him.

"I had a very difficult pregnancy, and I had a very hard time getting pregnant the first time and then I had a miscarriage and then another six months before I got pregnant with Cooper," she explained.

45 Evelyn Lozada

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The reality TV star experienced two miscarriages, including one on Thanksgiving Day as cameras were shooting scenes for her reality show, “Livin’ Lozada.” 

“What am I going to do? I just have to be brave,” she later said of that day. “I have to be strong and I have to just keep it together. I feel like I don’t have any other choice.”

46 Jane Pratt

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Jane Pratt miscarried twins five months into her pregnancy. In 2011, she wrote about the loss on her website, xoJane

"I know some of you have been through miscarriages and stillbirths and know how unfathomably painful it is on so many levels to deliver children you know won't make it on this earth," she wrote to her readers.

47 Jamie Otis

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Reality star Jamie Otis posted about losing her baby 16 weeks into her pregnancy in a powerful Instagram post for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

“If you’ve lost your baby early, please know that you’re not alone,” she wrote, noting that miscarriage is very common. “Yet, no one talks about it. I hope this can change. I’ll be the first in my circle. You be the first in yours. My prayers go out to everyone who has lost their sweet baby too early.”

48 Lisa Marie Presley

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After having her twin daughters in 2008, Lisa Marie Presley opened up about her fertility struggles. “I really wanted these babies,” she said, adding that she tried for two years to have a child.

“My blood was too thick and would clot, which caused several miscarriages,” she explained. “The moment I took blood thinners, I got pregnant.”

49 Sara Walsh

Former ESPN anchor Sara Walsh wrote candidly in an Instagram post Sunday about losing a pregnancy during a broadcast of “SportsCenter.”

“I was scared, nobody knew I was pregnant, so I did the show while having a miscarriage," she wrote. "On television. My husband had to watch this unfold from more than a thousand miles away, texting me hospital options during commercial breaks.”

50 Susan Lucci

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In her memoir, All My Life, Susan Lucci wrote about her miscarriage. She said she believed it was important to open up about painful experiences because “there are things in my life that people will identify with."

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