John Legend dedicated his emotional Billboard Music Awards performance to wife Chrissy Teigen on Wednesday night.
The singer/activist, 41, pulled at the world’s heartstrings during the emotional rendition of his song Never Break.
John’s powerful performance was his first return to the public stage, braving the spotlight just weeks after he and Chrissy, 34, suffered a tragic loss of her pregnancy.
Hostess Kelly Clarkson introduced her friend with love, telling the audience: ‘He and Chrissy just have this warm way of inviting us into their world, the highs and the lows.
‘Our hearts go out to you both in this very difficult time and I’m thankful that you continue to share your light and your talent with all of us for the very special performance, possibly my favorite of the night,’ she went on.
While poised as ever, John’s rendition of the ballad was ripe with feeling.
Though a seasoned performer, audiences could hear John’s voice crack as he held back tears mid-song.
Lyrics like ‘Who knows about tomorrow? We don’t know what’s in the stars, I just know I’ll always follow the light in your heart,’ proved especially poignant for the Legend-Teigen family.
Social distancing was in full effect at the event held during the COVID-19 pandemic as awards were not handed off directly from presenter to winner.
There was also no traditional red carpet but instead a backdrop for stars to take photos during the show.
Just two weeks ago, Chrissy and John shared their heartbreak with the world when they revealed they lost what would have been their third child halfway through Teigen’s pregnancy.
The Cravings cookbook author revealed the tragic news on social media, telling fans: ‘We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before.
Talking about the medical complications she experienced, Chrissy explained: ‘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,’ she continued. ‘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.’ Advertisement
‘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.’
The devastating post included five black and white photos taken at the hospital, showing Chrissy crying on her bed as well as a shot showing her and John cradling their son.
Days before, Chrissy – who conceived daughter Luna, four, and son Miles, two, through IVF – revealed she was on ‘serious bed rest’ due to bleeding and said she was ‘about halfway through her pregnancy’, which is around 20 – 24 weeks.
Losing a baby past 24 weeks is a stillbirth rather than a miscarriage. If a baby dies before 24 completed weeks, it’s known as a miscarriage or late fetal loss.
Shortly after breaking the tragic news to her followers, Teigen took to her Twitter page to further express her shock from the loss.
‘Driving home from the hospital with no baby. How can this be real,’ she wrote.
John also took to Twitter to share Chrissy’s post, while writing: ‘We love you, Jack’ alongside five black hearts.
The four photos uploaded to Chrissy’s Instagram paint a heartbreaking scene, with one of the pictures showing Teigen crying and cradling Jack in her arms as John leaned next to them.