John Legend dedicated an emotional awards show performance to his wife Chrissy Teigen after the couple lost their baby.
Legend appeared at the Billboard Music Awards to perform the single Never Break. It was his first performance since TV presenter and model Teigen announced they had lost their baby, a son named Jack, late last month.
Legend wore an all-white suit while seated at a piano and before starting the song said: “This is for Chrissy.”
Before the performance, host for the evening Kelly Clarkson praised the couple.
“I want to take a moment to talk about a friend who inspires me on the daily,” she said.
“Not only as a musician, a songwriter, but as a human. John Legend is one of my favourite people on this planet and it’s easy for us all to feel that way about them because he and Chrissy just have this warm way of inviting us into their world, the highs and the lows.”
Teigen, 34, was widely praised for publicly sharing the news about losing her baby.
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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. . . 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. . . 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. . . Thank you to everyone who has been sending us positive energy, thoughts and prayers. We feel all of your love and truly appreciate you. . . We are so grateful for the life we have, for our wonderful babies Luna and Miles, for all the amazing things we’ve been able to experience. But everyday can’t be full of sunshine. On this darkest of days, we will grieve, we will cry our eyes out. But we will hug and love each other harder and get through it.
In a poignant social media post, she said she and Legend were in “deep pain”. Teigen, who married 41-year-old Legend in 2013, had been updating fans throughout her pregnancy.
She had been in hospital after suffering excessive bleeding.
Teigen said: “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.”
Legend and Teigen are also parents to four-year-old daughter Luna and two-year-old son Miles.