John Legend and Chrissy Teigen added a new bundle of joy to their family last week.
Their baby boy, Wren Alexander Stephens, was born June 18 through a surrogate, Teigen announced Wednesday on Instagram.
“Just minutes before midnight on June 19th, I had the privilege of witnessing the most beautiful woman, my friend, our surrogate mother, in the midst of chaos but with strength, sheer joy and love, give birth to her child,” she wrote.
Teigen shared that the baby was named in part after the surrogate, a woman named Alexandra, as a “thank you for this incredible gift” and so the two can remain “bonded forever.”
The baby is the fourth child the model and EGOT winner have given birth to, and the first through a surrogate mother. Teigen emphasized that the birth of a fourth child is of special importance to her, especially after the pregnancy loss she suffered in 2020.
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted four children,” she continued in her post. “After losing Jack, I didn’t think I could carry any more babies on my own. To be honest, I personally blocked out a lot of my thinking during that time, but one clear reminder is that I was surrounded by people who wanted to make sure I didn’t have to go through that pain and loss again.”
This announcement comes after Legend and Teigen announced at a private concert in January that their third child, Esti Maxine Stephens, was born earlier in the year.
The Grammy-winning actress and cookbook author’s third child was born more than two years after the tragic end of Teigen’s third pregnancy. In the fall of 2020, Teigen penned a heartbreaking essay expressing her sadness at the loss.
Two years later, Teigen clarified that her 2020 pregnancy loss was actually an abortion.
“Let’s just call it what it was: It was an abortion,” she said during a conference in September. “An abortion to save my life for a baby that had absolutely no chance. And to be honest, I only put this together a few months ago.”
In August, Teigen announced via Instagram that she and Legend were pregnant again. Despite her past health issues, she said the pregnancy made her feel “hopeful and awesome.”
“With every appointment I’ve said to myself, ‘OK, if it’s healthy today I’ll announce it,’ but then I breathe a sigh of relief, hear a heartbeat, and decide I’m just still too nervous,” Teigen wrote.
“I don’t think I’ll ever leave an appointment more excited than nervous, but so far everything is perfect and beautiful…it’s been very hard to keep going for so long!”
Christi Carras, a Times contributor, contributed to this report.