Chrissy Teigen has responded to criticism she received for posting photos to Instagram following the stillbirth of her baby earlier this month.
As well as messages of support they were also met with criticism.
In a heartfelt essay on Medium, which was also shared on her Instagram, Teigen addressed those who had responded negatively to the intimate nature of her photos, saying: “I cannot express how little I care that you hate the photos.
“How little I care that it’s something you wouldn’t have done,” she added.
"I lived it, I chose to do it, and more than anything, these photos aren’t for anyone but the people who have lived this or are curious enough to wonder what something like this is like.
“These photos are only for the people who need them. The thoughts of others do not matter to me.”
To those who shared messages of support after the birth, Teigen began the piece by sharing her thanks.
“I didn’t really know how I would start this, no matter the room or state I was in, but it feels right to begin with a thank you”, she says.
Teigen was taken to hospital on 27 September due to excessive bleeding. Later, when she shared the photos following the loss of her baby she captioned them: “We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before.
“We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough.”
The model and author also told her followers that her and Legend had named the baby Jack and thanked people for sending “positive energy, thoughts and prayers”.
If you would like to seek support after the loss of a baby you can contact the charity Tommy’s.