It’s a bittersweet occasion for producer Mandy Teefey, aka Selena Gomez’s mom. Teefey recently posted on Instagram to celebrate the wrap of 13 Reasons Why‘s second season — and she also included a heartbreaking message about miscarriage.
In a series of photos, Teefey included throwback snapshots of Gomez cradling her pregnant belly and a second image of Teefey holding her daughter.
“Thank you to all the fans who honored our Scarlett yesterday,” Teefey wrote alongside the photos. “Dec. 17th will never be the same, but we decide to celebrate her by writing her letters on red balloons and releasing them.”
Back when the producer announced the news of her pregnancy with Scarlett in 2011, Gomez also posted about the momentous occasion. However, later that same year, the singer and actor rushed to her mother’s side after Teefey revealed she had lost the pregnancy.
Teefey added that she and her husband, Brian, and 4-year-old daughter, Grace, commemorate unborn Scarlett in their own ways. She also noted that fans had contacted her to let her know they were also honoring her loss.
“I came home to Brian and Gracie to send our love to Scarlett,” she added. “Fans, I want you to know you are family because I have a huge family and you are the only ones who remember!”
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Thank you to all the fans who honored our Scarlett yesterday. Dec 17th will never be the same, but we decide to celebrate her by writing her letters on red balloons and releasing them. Now the 17th is intertwined with the wrap of S2. So, she was there in spirit as always. A moms love for their children is pretty fierce. In order of my girls, Selena, Scarlett and Gracie. Family is what matters, blood or not, #family13 made me smile and feel loved when so needed and they didn’t know. Then, I came home to Brian and Gracie to send our love to Scarlett. Fans, I want you to know you are family because I have a huge family and you are the only ones who remember! XO forever. Thank you to the people who respected my post and sent love to Scarlett. I’m sorry I had to take them down. I am disturbed at the words being posted on this from people who can even find an oppt to be vile about a Lost baby. You don’t like me, don’t spend time on me. Unfollow so, no one has to read such hate.
Teefey has used Instagram to make some major announcements in the past. In addition to celebrating the 13 Reasons Why team, she used Insta to announce Gomez’s recent kidney transplant — and to thank Francia Raisa, who donated her kidney to Gomez.
“Selena gained a kidney, I was able to keep my little girl, but I also gained another daughter,” she wrote at the time. “Thank you to everyone who was there for Sel, Francia and our families.”
And now that another season of the show has wrapped, Teefey is ready to welcome even more fans and expand her growing #13family — who will be sure to remember Scarlett every year.