Pink revealed that she had her first miscarriage at age 17
Pink is opening up a tragic loss she experienced when she was just a teenager. Just a few days after releasing her latest album Hurts 2B Human, the singer, 39 years old, told USA Today about the inspiration behind some of her newest songs, which speak to her battles with anxiety, self-image, and self-love.
One song, “Happy”, was especially personal for Pink. She revealed the lyrics, “Since I was 17, I’ve always hated my body / and it feels like my body’s hated me” were written about a miscarriage she suffered as a teen.
“The reason I said [that] is because I’ve always had this very tomboy, very strong gymnast body, but actually at 17 I had a miscarriage,” Pink told the outlet. “And I was going to have that child.”
“But when that happens to a woman or a young girl, you feel like your body hates you and like your body is broken, and it’s not doing what it’s supposed to do,” she continued. Pink has had a number of miscarriages since and said she writes these songs as a way to deal with the “painful” experiences.
Part of the reason why Pink has been able to speak so honestly in her songs is due to the fact that she regularly attends therapy, which she said helps her find her “blind spots” despite being “uncomfortable and painful.”
She also told USA Today that having a “healthy sense of humor,” especially when things go bad, has helped her move forward and remain candid in her music.
This is not the first time the Grammy winner has opened up about the importance of therapy in her life. On Friday, the star revealed to Today that she and her husband, Carey Hart, 43, have been in therapy for nearly their entire relationship. Earlier this year, the pair—who share daughter Willow Sage, 7, and son Jameson Moon, 2—celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary. But Pink and Hart have weathered their fair share of public drama. In 2008, they announced their separation—which fueled her emotional breakup album Funhouse—but they reconciled the following year.
The “Walk Me Home” singer credits counseling with saving her marriage.
“It’s the only reason we’re still together. He speaks Polish, I speak Italian, and she speaks both. We don’t speak the same language,” she said. “We come from broken families, and we had no model for: How are we supposed to keep this family together and live this crazy life? And there’s no book that says, ‘Here’s how to do this.’ So we go to counseling, and it works.”
In addition to working at her marriage, Pink opened up about the importance of discussing mental health.
Pink, who has been open about her own struggles with depression and anxiety, added, “For my generation, I feel like it was depression and suicide, and suicide is super prevalent still, but now it’s like it comes from a place of anxiety.”
“And I get that, I fully understand that and I’ve been depressed, I have anxiety,” she continued. “I over-think everything. But what I do is I keep the right people around me, and I go to therapy.”