Britney Spears announced that she has lost her baby, posting the news in a statement on her Instagram account Saturday.
Spears, 40, said last month that she was expecting a child with fiancé Sam Asghari after deciding to take a pregnancy test after she found herself gaining weight. But in a statement Saturday, she said the couple has lost their “miracle baby.”
“This is a devastating time for any parent,” her statement said. “Perhaps we should have waited to announce until we were further along, however we were overly excited to share our good news.”
Her statement went on to say that she and Asghari will continue to try to “expand our beautiful family,” but asked for privacy as they grieve the loss.
Condolences filled the comment section of Spears’ post, where followers expressed their sadness.
Fans expressed their delight that Spears was expecting a child when the news initially broke, as she revealed a desire for more children less than a year ago. The singer has said she was unable to make her own birth control decisions while under conservatorship, which was terminated in November.
Spears told Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny that she wanted to have her intrauterine device removed but her conservators would not allow it.
“I wanted to take the IUD out so I could start trying to have another baby,” she said in June. “But this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have children any more children.”
Spears has two teenage sons, Sean and Jayden, with former husband Kevin Federline.
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