Singer Jessie J (33) has lost her baby. The British star was told yesterday during an examination at the hospital that the heart of the baby in her stomach is no longer beating. Though she is “overwhelmed” with grief and unable to control her emotions, her Los Angeles concert continues tonight. “My soul needs it.”
Yesterday morning Jessica Cornish, as the candid singer is really called, joked with a friend. How was she supposed to perform tonight without telling her fans she was pregnant? Yesterday afternoon she just wondered how she would get through the concert without collapsing.
The third scan at the hospital showed that the baby had died in her stomach. “I may regret posting this,” she wrote to her 10.4 million followers on Instagram. ‘Or maybe not. I do not know. But I do know I want to sing tonight. Not because I’m avoiding grief and trial, but because I know that singing will help me.’
Jessie, who broke through internationally with hits like price tag, has only performed twice in recent years. Not because of the lockdowns, but because she couldn’t. Due to serious throat problems, no sound came out of the singer. It was a dark period for someone who lives for music. Only recently has she been able to sing carefully again.
‘My soul needs it. Today even more so,” she writes. “I know some people will tell me to cancel. But at this point I know one thing for sure. I started singing when I was young, because it made me happy, filled my soul, as therapy to love myself. That has never changed and I have to deal with this in my own way.”
I want to be myself as much as I can right now. Not only for the public, but also for my little baby who tried his best
That is by just appearing on stage tonight. ‘I want to be honest and not hide what I’m feeling. I deserve that. I want to be myself as much as I can right now. Not only for the audience, but also for myself and my little baby, who tried his best.’
Just having her child
Jessie says she chose to have a baby on her own. ‘Cause it’s all I’ve ever wanted and life is short. Getting pregnant was a miracle and an experience I will never forget and know I will live again.”
The singer is logically still in shock. “The grief is overwhelming. But I know I’m strong and I’ll be okay again.” She feels connected to all people who have experienced similar things, but also writes: ‘It is the loneliest feeling in the world.’
So tonight she is singing, surrounded by fans. “I may joke less, but my heart and I will be there.”
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