Lauren London is hitting back at pregnancy rumors.
Earlier this week, the L.A. Sentinel published a story on their site alleging that sources confirmed that the 36-year-old actress and mother of two was pregnant with a third child. The article also stated that a source claimed that she was surrounded by “warmth and positivity.”
London, whose partner of nearly six years was the late Nipsey Hussle, responded to the rumors after the commentary about her online reached a fever pitch.
“Woke up to some straight bullshit. Rumors ! Lies ! On a woman trying her best to heal?! Please stop. I’m NOT pregnant,” she tweeted.
Woke up to some straight bullshit. Rumors ! Lies ! On a woman trying her best to heal?! Please stop. I’m NOT pregnant.
— Lauren London (@LaurenLondon) February 10, 2021
Following London confirming that she is not pregnant, the L.A. Sentinel deleted the original article and issued an apology.
“With direct verification coming from London, we fully retract our statement and stand behind the facts laid out by London,” the statement read in part. “We apologize for the inaccurate information and for the distress surrounding London and her family.”
Celebrities have long denounced pregnancy rumors as a form of body shaming, particularly when the speculation is tied to photos that may appear to show any sort of weight gain or fluctuation. Recently, stars like Jennifer Garner and Hailey Bieber have had to quash pregnancy rumors.
"I am 48, have three healthy kids, and am not — and never will be — pregnant. We can lay that pupper to rest," Garner said replying to a comment made on. "Have [I] gained the COVID 19? Possibly. But that is another story."
But the rumors may have an added layer of pain for London as she continues to mourn Hussle. The rapper was shot and killed in front of his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles, Calif. on March 31, 2019. London and Hussle share a 4-year-old son, Kross Ermias Asghedom. She regularly pays tribute to him on social media, even sharing a poem to him for what would have been his 35th birthday.
"King Ermias Best friend Twin Flame Greatest Teacher Beautiful Strong Vessel The Spiritual Giant that walked Earth. 'I Miss You' will never be deep enough for the void left in my soul. Yet, I know you walk with me- always still. Happy 35th Eternally Yours, Boogie," she wrote.
According to La’Toya Hart, founder of Heartbreak Clinic, which offers resources to women experiencing heartbreak, gossip can cause anxiety, hopelessness, despair and sadness.
“When your life becomes the trending topic of the day, it can impact your overall wellbeing,” she tells Yahoo Life. “Most importantly, when you are on the mend from a recent heartbreak, you are in a fragile state, and such an experience can contribute to a significant breaking down.”
Hart noted that for London, death and pregnancy rumors could cause a setback in her healing from Hussle’s untimely passing.
“The healing after loss or heartbreak takes time; however, recovery is possible with love, support and proper care. You can go through a season of feeling like things are getting better and a life event can trigger a significant setback,” she added.
Nicola Pierre-Smith, a licensed professional counselor and founder of Melanated Women’s Health, admits that she was outraged that this happened to London in the first place.
“As a Black woman, my immediate emotional reaction to ‘on a woman trying to heal?! Please stop’ was anger and sadness. Here is a Black woman beseeching the internet to give her grace and allow her the human decency to heal from the traumatic death of her late partner and father to her son.”
Pierre-Smith suggests that the best thing fans can do is give her the privacy she needs as she continues to grieve.
“Lauren’s fans must remain conscious of the reality that she is a woman who has experienced the most traumatic moment of her life, publicly,” she says. “Lauren and other Black women who have lost loved one’s to gun violence may feel supported when people or fans allow them to grieve privately. The grief process is part of her journey towards post-traumatic growth. Fans can show compassion for her and support her healing by not re-sharing click-bait media headlines, memes of her or other social commentaries.”
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