‘Y&R’ Star Melissa Claire Egan Shares Sad Miscarriage News With Fans, ‘Just So No One Feels Alone’

Known to soap fans as Chelsea Newman on “The Young and the Restless”, Melissa Claire Egan had some heartbreaking news to share.

In a lengthy Instagram post, the 36-year-old actress revealed that she suffered a miscarriage at eight weeks back in January, sharing a photo taken by her husband at the time.

“I’m very candid about my miscarriage with my friends and family and speak openly about it to anyone that asks if we want kids,” wrote Egan in her post. “It’s never been a secret.”

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However, she added that she hadn’t gone public about what happened, explaining that what she went through “takes such a toll on you emotionally and physically, hormonally, all of it. But I hadn’t shared it publicly. Not for any particular reason, I just hadn’t.”

That changed when “a friend that I don’t see often told me that sadly she had suffered one as well. She seemed almost relieved when I told her I had the same experience.” (read more below)

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This picture was taken on January 18, 2018. My husband took this picture an hour after my D&C surgery, after I had suffered a miscarriage at 8 weeks. I’m very candid about my miscarriage with my friends and family and speak openly about it to anyone that asks if we want kids. It’s never been a secret. And I was so lucky to have my incredible husband and best friends and family in the world there for me, every step of the way. It’s so hard, and takes such a toll on you emotionally and physically, hormonally, all of it. But I hadn’t shared it publicly. Not for any particular reason, I just hadn’t. Then recently a friend that I don’t see often told me that sadly she had suffered one as well. She seemed almost relieved when I told her I had the same experience. She told me she had felt alone and like a failure, and less-than, because she hadn’t heard other people speak about it. This made me SO SAD, and made me want to share my story. With anyone and everyone. Just so no one feels alone. I promise you you’re not alone. Also, @carrieunderwood’s recent interview with CBS Sunday Morning was so beautiful and had me in tears. I was in the thick of my last and final days on Y&R at the time, so I feel her pain over having to “cry pretty.” (only a very small group of people knew at the show, and they could not have been more wonderful and took great care of me). I also got such strength from @hilarieburton and @claireholt’s posts last year. They were so open and honest and supportive and I really admire that and am grateful. So now I’m happy to do the same. Please don’t feel alone. Or like a failure. You’re everything, and I’m here with you. Much love💛

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Back in January, Egan revealed she was leaving “Y&R” after six years, telling fans that “this isn’t goodbye. Truly. Just goodbye for now.”

“The Young and the Restless” airs weekdays at 4:30 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Global.

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