Chrissy Teigen loses baby after pregnancy complications

The couple have two kids together. File/AFP
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Updated 01 October 2020

Chrissy Teigen loses baby after pregnancy complications

DUBAI:  US model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen has suffered a miscarriage, she revealed on social media on Thursday morning. The mother-of-two was pregnant with her third child with her husband, singer John Legend.

“Driving home from the hospital with no baby,” she wrote on Twitter. “How can this be real.”

Teigen had been taken to the Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles a couple of days ago after suffering heavy bleeding. Teigen, 34, later announced she had lost her baby, writing in a statement on social media: “We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before.

“We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough,” she wrote on Thursday morning. 

Teigen shared the tragic news with a black-and-white picture showing her sitting in a hospital bed in tears, with her hands seemingly clasped in a prayer like position. 

The model, who has two other children, a girl named Luna and a boy named Miles with Legend, revealed that the couple decided to call their unborn child Jack.

“We never decide on our babies’ names until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before we leave the hospital. But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever,” she wrote.

“To our Jack - I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you,” she added.

The couple first announced they were expecting their third child together in Legend’s music video for his song, “Wild,” released on Aug. 13. 

Teigen retweeted the video, which had a caption that teased: “Watch it now for a beautiful surprise.” In the video’s final moments, Teigen rubs her growing belly as her husband embraced her.

The model joins a list of celebrities who have also opened up about pregnancy loss in recent years. Others include the former first lady Michelle Obama, the singers Beyoncé and Celine Dion as well as actors Brooke Shields and Hugh Jackman.


REVIEW: US remake of ‘Utopia’ comes up short

The cast of 'Utopia' (Amazon)
Updated 22 October 2020

REVIEW: US remake of ‘Utopia’ comes up short

  • Lavish conspiracy drama misses the spark of the UK original

LONDON: Adapting a UK show for US (and, thanks to the reach of streaming platforms, international) audiences is a risky proposition. There have been far more misses than hits, with the British style of programming often proving difficult to recreate with anything other than the original cast, setting and tone.

It’s even more of a surprise that a US remake of “Utopia” was green-lit when you consider that the original 2013 UK run, though now regarded as something of a cult hit, was a divisive mix of graphic violence, head-spinning conspiratorial doublespeak and terrifyingly brilliant dystopian foreshadowing. Indeed, the original incarnation of the show was cancelled after just 12 episodes.

So how does the US version stack up? The premise is largely the same. A group of online friends, obsessed with the idea that a mysterious comic book has been predicting the world’s catastrophes, meet in real life when word leaks out of a newly discovered second volume. The misfits, each with their own distinctive foibles, find themselves on the run from a sinister organization that is hellbent on getting the book back. The only person they can turn to is the enigmatic Jessica Hyde, the ‘star’ of the comic book’s first volume.

In many ways, the US version simply transplants the action, characters and plot from the original, albeit it with the high-gloss buffing of modern TV production dollars. Sadly, in most cases, the 2020 version doesn’t fare well – Sasha Lane’s Jessica Hyde and Christopher Denham’s Arby, for example, lack the charisma of Fiona O’Shaughnessy or the horrifying blankness of Neil Maskell from the UK show.

Sasha Lane as Jessica Hyde in 'Utopia.' (Amazon)

There are some nice nods to the more modern setting – not to mention horribly unfortunate relevance, given the current global pandemic – and some big names making up the supporting cast (John Cusack and Rainn Wilson), but more often that not, the 2020 show lacks the claustrophobic menace that pervaded the UK original.

“Utopia” is still an enjoyably uncomfortable watch, and is (at times) still chillingly sinister. Those who missed the UK original might find something here, but those who caught the show first time round may feel a little underwhelmed.