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Pink Opens Up About Her History Of ‘Several’ Miscarriages, Starting When She Was Only 17

by Kim Wong-Shing
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Pink has never been one to shy away from painful topics. In a new interview, she opened up about a particularly difficult experience: her history of miscarriages.

Pink’s new album, Hurts 2B Human, just came out last weekend. It includes a song called “Happy,” in which she sings: “Since I was 17, I’ve always hated my body / And it feels like my body’s hated me.”

Pink told USA Today that the lyric refers to her first miscarriage at age 17.

“I was going to have that child,” Pink explained. “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 went to explain that she’s had “several miscarriages since.”

“I think it’s important to talk about what you’re ashamed of, who you really are and the painful s**t,” Pink said.

On that note, she went on to discuss her many years of therapy and her relationship with her husband, Carey Hart.

Pink got extremely real in a recent interview with USA Today. She discussed her history of miscarriages, her difficult relationship with her body, and her marriage to Carey Hart.

On a song on Pink’s new album, Hurts 2B Human, she sings these lyrics: “Since I was 17, I’ve always hated my body / And it feels like my body’s hated me.”

It turns out that these lyrics are about the miscarriage she had at age 17.

“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 said.

“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.”

Pink added that that wasn’t the only miscarriage she’s had throughout her life.

“I’ve had several miscarriages since, so I think it’s important to talk about what you’re ashamed of, who you really are and the painful s**t. I’ve always written that way.”

Pink added that she didn’t end up going to therapy until five years after her first miscarriage. It was shortly after the release of Missundaztood in 2001.

Her best friend and former assistant, Laura Wilson, encouraged her to go. She’s been with the same therapist since then.

“I believe in self-confrontation and just getting things out,” Pink explained.

“What I love about therapy is that they’ll tell you what your blind spots are. Although that’s uncomfortable and painful, it gives you something to work with.”

She credits her own ability to be honest with herself to her sense of humor.

“I’m extremely self-deprecating, and when s**t goes bad — which in any life is inevitable — you’ve just got to find the funny. It’s because I can laugh that I can cry so hard.”

Pink’s new album also includes lyrics about her husband Carey. The two have been dating since 2001 — the same year that Pink started going to therapy!

They married in 2006, and they endured a yearlong separation in 2008. That separation inspired the song “So What,” a 2008 track about their breakup.

In addition to her individual therapy, Pink and Carey have attended couple’s counseling for pretty much their entire relationship.

“Carey and I have been in couple’s counseling almost our entire 17 years we’ve been together. It’s the only reason we’re still together,” Pink told Today.

“He speaks Polish, I speak Italian and she [our therapist] speaks both. We do not speak the same language,” she explained.

“We come from broken families and we had no model of how are we supposed to keep this family together and live this crazy life? And there’s no model. There’s no book that says, ‘Here’s how to do this.’ So we go to counseling and it works.”

And it does seem to be working! The two are going strong, and they share two beautiful children together: Willow, 7, and Jameson, 2.

“He’s the biggest part of my village,” Pink said of Carey to USA Today.

Hurts 2B Human is “not as angsty and marital as previous records. There’s certainly not a place for ‘So What’ right now.”