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23rd Oct 2023

Rebecca Adlington ‘heartbroken’ as she announces stillbirth of baby daughter

Joseph Loftus

‘We are so truly heartbroken’

Rebecca Adlington has wrote that she is heartbroken to confirm the stillbirth of her baby daughter.

The Olympian and TV star revealed the tragic news after a 20-week scan found no heartbeat coming from her baby.

Adlington confirmed the horrific news on Instagram before thanking medical staff for their work.

She wrote: “I don’t really have the words right now but unfortunately we went for our 20 week scan this week and they found no heartbeat. I gave birth to our angel, Harper on Friday at 7pm. We held her, and had time with her. We will forever love her and remember her always.”

She continued: “We can’t thank the staff at Wythenshawe enough. Olivia, Rachel, Emma, and Keeley, your kindness and care throughout was simply incredible. And Andy, your selfless support, love and help is truly amazing. I couldn’t of survived without you.

“I don’t have the strength or words right now and don’t feel ready to share this news. However, I can’t pretend to be ok or fake a smile. I can’t have people ask me how pregnancy is or when I am due as I still look pregnant. I don’t have the strength to tell this news individually.

“We are so truly heartbroken. Our beautiful girl. Rest in peace.”

Responding to the news, Jessica Ennis Hill wrote: “Oh Becky I’m sending you and your family so much love. I’m so sorry xxxx.” TV presenter Angellica Bell also wrote: “Sending you so much love. So so sorry xx”. While Helen Skelton shared two heartbroken emojis.

TV presenter Dan Walker wrote: “So sorry Becky. It must feel impossible at the moment. Sending you love.”

So tragic.