The model and author has revealed that she did not, in fact, suffer a miscarriage in September 2020, but rather she had to terminate the pregnancy to save her own life after being told her baby would not survive.
Speaking at the invite-only 'A Day of Unreasonable Conversation' in Los Angeles, Teigen admitted that while she and husband John Legend "told the world" it was a miscarriage, they had in fact been forced to make the impossible decision to end a much-wanted pregnancy.
"Two years ago, when I was pregnant with Jack, my third child, John and 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, a media partner for the event, quoted Teigen, who is currently pregnant again.
"Let's just call it what it was: It was an abortion," she continued. "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."
The celebrity, who has been open in sharing the couple's loss, added it was a conversation with Legend about the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which protected a woman's right to access safe abortions, that helped her process what they had been through.
The revelation comes two years after the couple, who are also parents to Luna, six and Miles, four, shared the news of Jack's loss, saying at the time they'd miscarried due to pregnancy complications.
"I fell silent, feeling weird that I hadn't made sense of it that way," said The Hollywood Reporter.
"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."
Teigen shared news of her pregnancy with the couple's fourth child on Instagram last month, following their IVF journey.
"The last few years have been a blur of emotions to say the least, but joy has filled our home and hearts again. One billion shots later (in the leg lately, as you can see!) we have another on the way," she shared.
"Every appointment I've said to myself, 'Ok if it's healthy today I'll announce' but then I breathe a sigh of relief to hear a heartbeat and decide I'm just too nervous still."
"I don't think I'll ever walk out of an appointment with more excitement than nerves but so far, everything is perfect and beautiful and I'm feeling hopeful and amazing."