Shay Mitchell has opened up about her previous miscarriage in emotional video.
The Pretty Little Liars actress, who is currently expecting her first child with boyfriend Matte Babel, spoke out about her previous miscarriage in the first episode of her new YouTube series Almost Ready.
‘The first time that I was pregnant last year, Matte and I hadn’t been planning,’ she said. ‘But it happened and we were really excited about it. I was like 14 weeks, at that point, I had no idea the percentage of miscarriages. When it happened I was just, completely blindsided by it.’
‘I still have those photos on my phone,’ she continued, ‘and I still have all the doctor visits…and it’s weird because I haven’t looked at them, but it’s not like I forgot about that happening.’
The You star went on to admit that her current pregnancy prompted her to feel mixed emotions as it reminded her of previous loss.
‘So of course I’m super happy, but I still feel for the one that I lost,’ she said. ‘I know other women and other friends of mine who’ve gone through a way harder journey. It’s just really tough because you feel broken, as a woman, and that’s not a great feeling.’
The actress, who has been in a relationship with Canadian actor Matte for the last three years, went on to share that support from fans helped her get through her loss.
‘We all have to deal with various struggles and challenges in life. And sometimes it’s easier to only showcase the good times on social media, which is what leads many people to criticise it for its lack of authenticity,’ she said.
‘The support and affection that so many of you show me lifts me up during even my darkest days, one of which happened last year after I miscarried and lost the child of my hopes and dreams.’