Broadway star Laura Benanti had miscarriage while performing on stage

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The American actress and broadway star Laura Benanti said she had a miscarriage on stage while performing for 2,000 people.

The 43-year-old Tony Award-winning star shared her story in a post on Instagram, writing that she “knew it was happening” as “it started slowly the night before”.

The singer was performing for 2,000 people on a five-night broadway-themed cruise on 3 April when she had the miscarriage.

She went on to explain that she is “no stranger to the pain and emptiness of losing a pregnancy”, having had miscarriages in the past.

“If it had been our first loss, or even our second, I likely wouldn’t have been able to go on,” she wrote.

“But unfortunately, I am not a stranger to the pain and emptiness of losing a pregnancy. It is a path I have walked before, hand in hand with my husband.”

Benanti has received five Tony Award nominations across her successful broadway career, winning in 2008 for her role as Louise in the revival of Gypsy the musical.

She has also appeared in TV series Supergirl and musical drama series Nashville.

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Praising those who supported her, Benanti added: “Thank you to everyone in that audience for the grace your presence allowed. For lifting me out of my grief for that Holy hour.

“Thank you to my band for holding me, unconditionally, in your hearts, and to the crew for working so hard to make me as comfortable as possible.

“Thank you to my friends and fellow performers for rallying around me and so graciously accommodating my changing needs.”

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Laura Benanti at the Broadway opening night of She Loves Me in 2016

She ended the statement by writing: “There is no shame in this kind of loss. You are not alone.”

In another post on Friday, Benanti went on to thank everyone who had shown her “love, support and messages of solidarity” after sharing her story two days before.

“I am deeply sorry for the losses so many of you shared with me. Thank you for your openness and courage. My hand in yours,” she wrote.

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