You never truly know what someone is feeling or experiencing, which is why it’s always important to spread kindness. In a heartbreaking post shared on her Instagram Story on New Year’s Day, Shay Mitchell revealed she previously had a miscarriage.
While reflecting on 2018 and all of the amazing times she had, Mitchell also let her guard down by opening up about the hardest part of the past year. She wrote, “Lastly, although it was an amazing year, it didn’t come without some hardships.”
While also sharing a photo of her ultrasound, Mitchell discussed how she suffered a miscarriage. She began her lengthy and emotional message, “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 criticize it for its lack of authenticity.”
She continued, “Having so many people follow me on Instagram and read my posts is both incredibly humbling and hugely uplifting. 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.”
Mitchell has been rumored to be dating ET Canada host Matte Babel since 2016. They have never confirmed a relationship. Babel made a few appearances in Mitchell’s Instagram Story reflecting on 2018, but she never mentioned him by name and he has not commented on her post.
Mitchell opening up about having a miscarriage was a brave thing to do and probably also helps other women who have experienced similar loss. Her willingness to be so candid about an emotional time in her life also shows why it’s so important to be compassionate to others.
Like she wrote, “In the spirit of the new year, I think that we need to remember that we are all on this journey together — in good times and in bad — and to remind ourselves that we seldom really know or understand the struggles and hardships that other people are going through. So, for 2019, let’s all try to be a little more compassionate, empathetic, patient, and thoughtful with each other. This sounds like a great resolution to me. I hope that you agree.”
We definitely agree. It’s important to spread more love, especially during a time when there seems to be so much hate across the world. Also, a huge thank you to Mitchell for her openness and showing other women who can relate that they are not alone.