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Britney Spears has lost her baby.
The Stronger hitmaker and her fiancé Sam Asghari have shared the heartbreaking news that the 40-year-old pop legend has suffered a miscarriage.
In a statement posted on social media, Britney and her partner wrote: “It is with our deepest sadness that we have to announce that we have lost our miracle baby early in the pregnancy. This is a devastating time for any parent. Maybe we should have waited until we got there before announcing, but we were overly excited to share the good news.”
The couple – who are engaged – still plan to have a child in the future, but have asked for privacy during this difficult time.
They continued: “Our love for each is our strength. We will keep trying to expand our beautiful family. We are grateful for your support. We kindly ask for privacy at this difficult time.”
Britney and Sam thanked their fans for their support and concluded: “We are grateful for what we have as we grow our beautiful family. Thank you for your support.”
The Toxic hitmaker – who was released last year from a conservatory that gave her father Jamie Spears control over her financial, health care and professional decisions – shared that she expected a new addition to her family in April, but admitted she thought at first she was just “food pregnant”.
Britney – who had a contraceptive posted as part of the controversial legal settlement – wrote on Instagram at the time: “So I got a pregnancy test…and uhhhh well…I’m having a baby…4 days later I got some more food pregnant. It grows!!! If there are 2 in it… I might just lose it… Obviously I won’t go out that much because the pops get their money from me as they already have unfortunately…”
Britney – who already has two sons Sean Preston, 16, and Jayden, 15, with ex Kevin Federline – admitted she had mental health issues during her previous pregnancies when depression was more taboo and barely talked about by women.
She said: “It’s hard because I had perinatal depression during my pregnancy … I have to say it’s absolutely terrible … women didn’t talk about it then … some people thought it was dangerous when a woman complained like that with a baby in her … but now women talk about it every day… thank you jesus, we don’t have to keep that pain a secret… This time I’m going to do yoga every day!!! Spreading lots of joy and love!!! (sic)”