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Celebrities Who Have Suffered Miscarriages

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    Miscarriages are more common than you might think: one in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage, and celebrities really are just like the rest of us when it comes to pregnancy loss, as fame is no protection from miscarriage. While it remains a taboo and private subject for many, these celebrities have opened up about their miscarriages, helping many of the rest of us to come to terms with ours. 

    Beyonce and Jay-Z 

    In January 2012, hip-hop’s royal couple Beyonce and Jay-Z welcomed their first child, daughter Blue Ivy Carter, into the world. But it was through his heartfelt tribute song, “Glory,” released two days after Blue Ivy’s birth, that it was revealed for the first time that the superstar mega-couple had previously suffered a miscarriage. “Last time the miscarriage was so tragic/ We was afraid you’d disappear/ But nah baby, you magic,” rapped Jay-Z. 

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    Bethenny Frankel

    In February 2012, before the third season of Bethenny Ever After premiered, the Skinnygirl cocktails creator and bestselling author revealed to the Today Show that she and hubs Jason Hoppy had recently suffered a miscarriage. "We were pregnant with a second baby and at eight weeks I miscarried," Frankel tearfully confessed. "That was a very emotional experience and it had a lot of different things that came with it.” On whether or not the couple plan to try again, Bethenny, 41, said, “Thinking about women who can't have their own baby, even the first baby, I'm lucky…the window’s closing…I’m not sure what my options are.” Daughter Bryn is almost two now. 

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    Lisa Ling

    The former View co-host returned to the show in December 2010 to reveal a secret: six months earlier, she and oncologist-husband Paul Song had suffered a sudden miscarriage when she was seven weeks pregnant. "We actually [hadn't] been trying that long," she told her View co-hosts. "I don't know that I took it as seriously as I should have because [the pregnancy] 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."

    The accomplished TV reporter, who now hosts OWN’s Our America with Lisa Ling, said the miscarriage left her feeling like “a complete failure.” Ling, who’s now 38, started an anonymous online community through her website The Secret Society of Women, for people who’ve gone through similarly difficult experiences running the gamut from miscarriage to affairs and everything in-between.

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    Giuliana Rancic

    The E! News host and her Apprentice-winning hubby Bill Rancic have been famously documenting their roller coaster ride with infertility for five seasons on The Style Network show Giuliana & Bill. After their first IVF attempt in 2010, they received the devastating news of a miscarriage when she was almost eight weeks pregnant. While going through her third round of IVF last year, doctors discovered a lump in each breast during a routine mammogram; Giuliana had a double mastectomy in December 2011. The couple recently told the Today Show that they are expecting a baby, via a gestational surrogate using their own embryo.

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    Lily Allen 

    The British pop singer suffered two miscarriages in three years, the second one in November 2010 after contracting a viral infection when she was six months pregnant with a son. Since the loss happened after the 20th week of pregnancy, it was considered a pre-term delivery, or stillbirth. Allen, 25 at the time, told the Mirror Online: “I think even though what happened to us is beyond devastating, it’s made me realize what I have got, which I don’t think I ever really did before.” Allen married then-boyfriend Sam Cooper in June 2011, and gave birth to their daughter Ethel in November, exactly a year after their devastating loss.

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    When Grammy-winning rocker Pink announced she was pregnant with her motocross-star hubby of five years, Carey Hart, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in November 2010, she also revealed the reason she had been reluctant to open up about her pregnancy: "I was just really nervous," she said. “I have had a miscarriage before.” But their painful road to becoming parents paid off when daughter Willow Sage was born. "You hear people say it all the time, how life changes so drastically. But you can't possibly grasp how beautiful that is until you have your child," Pink told People magazine during the baby’s first photo shoot a week after she was born, in June 2011.

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    Mariah Carey

    After marrying actor and comedian Nick Cannon in April 2008 and suffering a subsequent miscarriage, Carey told Us Weekly that she had begun taking progesterone to help boost fertility and maintain a healthy pregnancy. Cannon told the magazine that Carey also did daily acupuncture treatments “all over her body,” which may have helped her conceive boy-girl twins Moroccan and Monroe (she has denied doing IVF); the babies were born in April 2011, when Carey was 41.

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    Nicole Kidman

    The Oscar-winning actress has made no secret of her struggles with infertility, even before she married Grammy-winning country star Keith Urban in 2007. Early on in her marriage to Tom Cruise—they met when Kidman was only 22—she suffered two miscarriages, which inspired them to adopt Isabella and Connor, 19 and 17 now, respectively. But despite Kidman’s fertility issues (she also suffered an ectopic pregnancy with Cruise), after marrying Urban she conceived daughter Sunday Rose at 41. They later welcomed a second biological daughter, Faith Margaret, who was born in December 2010 via a gestational carrier. "I couldn't get pregnant and we wanted another baby," Kidman said, of using a surrogate. They were both 43 when Faith was born.

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    Celine Dion

    The Titanic singer and her husband Rene Angelil fought infertility for six years before conceiving their first son Rene-Charles in 2001 via IVF (because of low sperm count doctors used ICSI, or Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection, where a single sperm is injected into the egg). Since then, Dion underwent six rounds of IVF and suffered a miscarriage before giving birth to twin boys Eddy and Nelson via C-section in October 2010, at the age of 42.

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    Courteney Cox 

    "I get pregnant pretty easily, but I have a hard time keeping them,” the Cougar Town star confessed to People magazine in October 2003, after years of attempting IVF and suffering several miscarriages. Cox and then-husband David Arquette finally conceived and gave birth to daughter Coco in June 2004 when Cox was 40 years old. "It's a fact that after a certain age you have less of a chance," Cox said. The couple reportedly tried to give Coco a sibling but suffered several more miscarriages.

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    Brooke Shields

    After marrying sitcom writer Chris Henchy in 2001, the couple starting trying to have a baby right away—something Shields knew would be difficult, due to a diagnosis with cervical dysplasia. They turned to IVF after six months, and suffered a miscarriage a few months later. Shields told People: "We were crushed. Up till then, I thought simply because it was time and I wanted to have a baby, it would work out." They attempted IVF six more times over the next eight months. “I told myself, if it can happen once, it can happen again,” she said. The seventh time was a charm—positive test results came back in August 2002, and daughter Rowan was born in 2003, with daughter Grier to follow in 2006.

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    Michelle Duggar

    The star of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting miscarried her 20th child in December 2011 during her second trimester. Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar received the devastating news during a routine ultrasound at 19 weeks pregnant, when no heartbeat was found—the event was caught on camera for their reality show, now in its sixth season. “We would be open to more [kids] if God saw fit to bless us with more,” Michelle, 45, who has two grandchildren, told the Today Show. The Duggars suffered their first miscarriage during their second pregnancy, which is what led the Christian couple to leave the number of children they have in God’s hands.