Watch: Paloma Faith kept working after suffering a miscarriage on the set of 'Pennyworth'
Paloma Faith how she carried on working while she experienced a miscarriage on the set of TV series Pennyworth.
Speaking on the How To Fail podcast with Elizabeth Day, the 42-year-old singer said she did not regret her decision to stay on the set of the drama, feeling instead like she wanted to continue working.
"It started at work and it was a fight scene on Pennyworth and I'd just thought to myself, it's gone so I might as well carry on with what I'm doing," she explained.
"I had to go to the toilet nine times and on film sets they escort you to the toilet because they don’t want to lose you and delay filming or whatever so it’s quite embarrassing and I was like "Oh sorry I ate something bad last night'."
She says she chose to keep quiet about the fact she was miscarrying as she knew she'd be sent home.
"I didn’t want to 'cause I just thought I’d be going home without work and without a viable pregnancy and I just thought I'm gonna stay and I just sort of stuffed loads of tissues in my underwear and I said I'd come on my period, could you send for something or whatever.
"I just carried on filming and actually I don’t regret it," she continued.
"I think it’s kind of very indicative of who I am as a person and some people might find it disturbing or a bit weird or whatever but I just think that’s kind of the way I am and I didn’t really cry about it and I don’t think that’s necessarily a good thing."
Celebrities who have opened up about miscarriage and baby loss
Despite pregnancy loss being extremely common, there remains a stigma around the discussion of miscarriage and stillbirth. Here are some other celebs who have opened up to help change that.
Last year Rachel Weisz revealed she previously had a miscarriage, and was surprised by some viewers' negative reactions to the exploration of baby loss in her new TV series Dead Ringers.
Speaking on The News Agents podcast, the actor, 53, who plays twin gynaecologists in the series, said, "Women have miscarriages, I've had a miscarriage, so you suddenly see blood coming out of your body and these are just all part of a female experience of being alive.
"So we're not used to it. I think we're not used to seeing any of those things being represented cinematically or fictionally. So maybe this is breaking some new ground, this show."
Meghan Markle spoke in 2020 about her own pain after revealing she suffered a miscarriage that summer.
In a deeply personal New York Times article, she wrote: "In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage. Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning."
Myleene Klass publicly shared in 2020 that she had previously suffered four miscarriages. But the singer revealed she had been encouraged to share her experiences in the hope of helping "even one lost soul".
"I am Mama to seven babies, Ava, Hero, Apollo my rainbow baby and four little stars in the sky," she wrote at the time on Instagram on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
"I know after my own MC’s [miscarriages] how I scoured the internet for stories similar to mine for peace, reassurance. I hope this helps even one lost soul."
Last year Lisa Snowdon opened up about experiencing a miscarriage while live on air.
"I was on the radio and I went to the bathroom and I was bleeding," she revealed on Lorraine. "It was at the beginning of the show and I thought 'I have to keep going'.
The 51-year-old TV presenter also recalled the devastating loss of her baby in her new book, Just Getting Started: Lessons in Life, Love and Menopause.
In the book, excerpts of which were published by The Sun, Snowden writes: "I rushed to the bathroom, full of panic. I didn’t know what to do. We’d only just gone on air, and I knew I had to keep working.
"I dug deep and tried to park the dread I felt in the pit of my stomach, praying that my baby would be OK.
"As soon as the show was finished and we were off air, I rushed to the hospital.
"When I arrived, my worst fears were confirmed – the scan showed that the heartbeat had stopped. My baby had died."
"I felt lost and alone, and I felt like I failed because I didn't know how common miscarriages were, because we don't talk about them," Obama said.
"We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken. That's one of the reasons why I think it's important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen."
The former First Lady went on to conceive two daughters, Sasha and Malia, with the help of IVF.
In 2019 Beyoncé opened up about suffering multiple miscarriages, revealing it "taught [her] lessons".
In an interview with Elle UK, the singer said, "I began to search for deeper meaning when life began to teach me lessons I didn't know I needed. I learned that all pain and loss is in fact a gift. Having miscarriages taught me that I had to mother myself before I could be a mother to someone else.”
Beyoncé had previously spoken about experiencing a miscarriage two years before giving birth to her oldest child, daughter Blue Ivy, in 2012. She described it as "the saddest thing I’ve ever been through" in her documentary Life Is But A Dream.
"I think it’s difficult for anybody regardless of what world they live in," the singer previously said on The Jonathan Ross Show.
She added, referencing the support of her partner at the time Sam Cooper, "There are many women – 17 stillbirths happen in the UK everyday – that go home and they don't have that support, they have to go home and deal with that on their own."
Also a mum of two girls, Holden spoke candidly about losing her son Theo, when his heart stopped beating seven months into her pregnancy in 2011.
In an interview with The Sun, the star – who is married to record producer Chris Hughes – revealed that she turned to hypnotherapy to cope with the grief of losing her little boy.
"There is not a day that goes by when I don’t think about Theo, especially when a new school year begins," she said.
"But after we first lost him, Chris and I were diagnosed with PTSD so we went and had some therapy about that, as anyone would..."
The star later launched the charity Theo's Hope, which aims to raise money to help support other bereaved parents.
The model and radio presenter has previously revealed she suffered the loss of a baby girl, with her then partner, rugby player Thom Evans, at five months pregnant.
"I tried to have a baby but it didn't work. You can feel quite a bit of failure if you go through miscarriage, but as much as it was a real loss and a difficult time, I got through it," she told Fabulous.
The wife of celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay opened up in 2020 about the devastating pregnancy loss she suffered in 2016, reflecting on how "amazing" her husband was in helping her through her heartbreak.
"Gordon was amazing, and he’s always been one to talk about everything and he was very good at sort of talking it out of me and never making me feel that, ‘Oh, you know, maybe we shouldn’t talk about it,’" she told the Metro.
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Additional reporting PA.