Ten years ago, ARIA Award-winning singer and performer Tina Arena endured the first of three miscarriages after the birth of her son, Gabriel, in 2005.
She was all alone – her long-term partner, Vincent Mancini, was more than 1000km away sailing along the Italian coast – and rode the bus to and from the hospital by herself after dropping her young son off at a London daycare.
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Despite having two more miscarriages, Tina and Vincent always hoped to have more children.
But when the singer – now 49 – went into ‘early menopause’ after finishing third on Dancing With The Stars in 2013, she realised her dream would never become a reality.
LISTEN: Tina Arena speaks to Mia Freedman about her pregnancy loss on No Filter.
It’s something the beloved Italian-born singer has approached with the same grace and stoicism that has kept fans enraptured with her career since she first appeared on Australian screens in 1976.
“I lost three [children] after Gab…but I’m no different to anyone else,” she told Mia Freedman in an interview on the No Filter podcast.
“How many women lose children? All the time. Every second there is a child lost.”