Britney Spears fans, followers and celebrity pals have come forward to offer cries of support for the pop sensation after revealing she had suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage.
The 40-year-old pop star had announced in April that she and 28-year-old fiancé Sam Asghari were expecting their first child together.
The news came as a delight for fans as earlier this year, Spears revealed that she was placed under forced birth control – while under the conservatorship of her father Jamie Spears.
But on Saturday, the singer revealed in a devastating Instagram post that she had lost her third baby, the Mirror reported.
Taking to the social media platform, Britney and Sam wrote in a joint statement: “It is with our deepest sadness we have to announce that we have lost our miracle baby early in the pregnancy.
“This is a devastating time for any parent. Perhaps we should have waited to announce until we were further along however we were overly excited to share the good news.
“Our love for each other is out of strength. We will continue trying to expand out beautiful family. We are grateful for all of your support.”
The couple added: “We kindly ask for privacy during this difficult moment.”
Paris Hilton was among the first to send condolences to the singer, writing in the comments: “I’m so sorry for your loss sis. Always here for you. Sending you so much love. Love you lots B.”
Television screenwriter Marlene King wrote: “So sorry for your loss. Sending love.”
Love Island host Laura Whitmore hinted she was keeping Britney in her thoughts as she replied to her update with a simple red heart emoji.
And American actress Gabrielle Union-Wade left a similar message – with a string of red heart emojis left in a comment.
While Britney’s fiancé Sam added that they were determined to try again to start a family, writing: “We will have a miracle soon.”
Fans of the duo also expressed their shock and sadness over the tragic news – with one writing: “It’s better to be said and be supported rather than keeping it a secret and going through it all alone. Sorry for your loss.”
And another typed: “Sending love, light and strength to you both.”
While another replied, writing: “After everything you have been through already this is so unfair. So sorry Britney.”
The baby would have been the third for Britney who shares two sons with her ex-husband Kevin Federline.
The singer’s boys are 16-year-old Sean and 15-year-old Jayden Federline – who were born during her high profile marriage to the former dancer which lasted from 2004 until 2007.
Britney and Sam became engaged I September last year, with the singer announcing the news just days after she filed to have a conservatorship against her lifted.
The Miscarriage Association (01924 200 799) miscarriageassociation.org.uk supports women affected by miscarriage, ectopic and molar pregnancies.
If you’re worried about a loved one you can also call the helpline which is manned Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm, or email [email protected]
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.