Elisabetta Canalis revealed she was expecting her first child with boyfriend Brian Perri but suffered a miscarriage.
The 35-year-old Italian model, who dated George Clooney from 2009 to 2011, disclosed on her WhoSay page a few days ago that she wanted to share the tragic news in order to lend support to other women in her situation.
"Unfortunately, life gives you ...a reality that you do not expect, and that is very hard to accept, even if you think you are strong enough and prepared," she wrote (via the Daily Mail's English translation). "You're never really ready to be told that there is no more beating [heartbeat] and that it had already stopped long ago."
The former Dancing with the Stars contestant added: "I just want to say to all those women who are going through it to stay strong because life goes on and it is nobody's fault and nature acts in incomprehensible ways. ...We can only accept it...We can't deny it, it's like an incessant sorrow you can't get rid of."
As for Perri, Canalis writes that he's been very supportive. "I know I'm lucky because I have a special man next to me that I wish all [could] have. The future is full of surprises and happiness and there's a lot of hope, I keep on believing in it."
According to her Instagram, Canalis is currently in Lebanon doing some mission work for UNICEF. She wrote on the photo-sharing site: "Me and my friends in Nabatieh #childrenofsyria , a children friendly space @UnicefLebanon @unicef_italia @andrea_iacomini . One of the most inspiring experiences in my life."