This month, rapper Example spoke candidly for the first time about his heartache following his Australian wife Erin McNaught’s miscarriage in 2016.
And for model Erin, 36, her husband’s moving admission on ITV1’s Lorraine came as a ‘quite emotional’ surprise as she viewed from home.
The Link Nutrition ambassador told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday: ‘It’s something that we had never really discussed and that made me feel terrible. I realised I never really said to him “how do you feel?” It was quite emotional.’
EXCLUSIVE: ‘We had never really discussed it and that made me feel terrible’: Model Erin McNaught reveals she wasn’t aware husband Example struggled to cope with her miscarriage until he spoke about their tragic loss on TV earlier this month
The rapper, 35 – who raises two sons, Evander, three, and Ennio, six months, with Erin- explained he ‘didn’t know how to talk’ about his devastation and struggled to cope with his loss in the wake of the tragedy.
The Kickstarts hitmaker, real name Elliot John Gleave, urged other men to speak out about their own mental health struggles as he appeared on the segment.
Erin knew he would likely talk about the miscarriage on the show, but admitted they never discussed the particulars.
‘He mentioned to me that the show’s producer had asked him if he would be okay to talk about it and of course I was like “yeah, that’s amazing that you’re willing to go on a huge national show and talk about it.” Most men would feel like they didn’t have the right to, or they didn’t feel comfortable doing so,’ the former beauty queen said.
‘I think it was an amazing thing for him to go on and talk about it so candidly’: Erin said her husband’s heartfelt admission on ITV1’s Lorraine came as a ‘quite emotional’ surprise as she viewed from home, but was glad he voiced his side, as men were often overlooked when it came to miscarriages
Proud parents: Rapper Example(L) raises two sons, Evander, three, and Ennio, six months, with the wife Erin (also pictured: singer Ed Sheeran (R))
‘I think it was an amazing thing for him to go on and talk about it so candidly, because it is something that gets overlooked. The man often does get overlooked, unfortunately,’ Erin said, noting she wasn’t aware of her husband’s hidden struggles surrounding their miscarriage until he voiced them on air.
Erin, who is the proud mother to two young boys, said of her husband: ‘He conveyed his feelings and emotions so clearly on the show. We are not the sort of people who dwell on things, once we had spoken about it, it was almost like closure for us.
The musician told show host Lorraine Kelly he struggled to cope with his grief as no one in his family had miscarried before, instead falling into the assumption that he needed to be strong for the sake of his wife.
He said: ‘It’s that old-fashioned ideal that men should be tougher and not show their emotions and it’s what leads us down the path of male suicide.’
Tough time: Example has opened up about his hidden heartache after his wife Erin McNaught suffered a miscarriage in 2016 (pictured in August 2014)
Opening up: Example told Lorraine Kelly he ‘didn’t know how to talk’ about his devastation and struggled to cope with his loss in the wake of the tragedy
Tough time: The musician struggled to cope with his grief as no one in his family had miscarried before, instead falling into the assumption that he needed to be strong for his wife
‘I didn’t know how to talk about it no one in my family had lost one, you realise it’s just about opening up, you just want to put all your time and effort into your Mrs.
‘It really is about speaking to everybody about it, it’s so common. Whether the couple’s together or not it’s important to reach out.’
The loved-up duo tied the knot in Australia in May 2013 and welcomed Evander the following year in December 2014.
Erin first announced her miscarriage during an interview on Chanel Seven’s The Morning Show in December 2016.
Happy couple: The loved-up duo tied the knot in Australia in May 2013 and welcomed first son Evander the following year in December 2014
Building their brood: Second son Ennio came along in September 2017, less than a year after she had lost her unborn child in the tragic miscarriage
When co-hosts asked if she was hoping for more children, they were shocked by her honest confession.
‘I sadly had a miscarriage last month, which is, we’re totally fine, it’s just one of those things that’s unfortunately really, really common,’ she said at the time.
‘For me, I found solace in knowing how common it was [miscarrying], because once I got talking, you realise just how many people are affected by it,’ she said.
‘If I could find solace in that and I think if more people spoke about it, then it might not be as tough for people to go through it.’
Second son Ennio came along in September 2017, less than a year after she had lost her unborn child in the tragic miscarriage.
Powering on: The Kickstarts hitmaker, real name Elliot John Gleave, urged other men to speak out about their own mental health struggles as he appeared on ITV1’s Lorraine