They tragically miscarried their fifth child back in June.
And Gordon Ramsay has now spoken out about the devastating event he experienced with his wife Tana to the Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine.
Speaking exclusively to Weekend in Los Angeles, where he is filming the US version of MasterChef, the 49-year-old star revealed he has been overwhelmed by the support they have received and admitted the devastating loss has brought the family closer together.
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Revealed: Gordon Ramsay, 49, has spoken out about the devastating miscarriage he and wife Tana suffered in June to the Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine
Gordon reflected in the intimate interview: ‘The support we’ve had has been unbelievable. You don’t realise until it happens to you how many people are affected. Sadly it happens every day.’
The TV personality jubilantly announced he and wife Tana, 42, were expecting their fifth child on The Late Late Show in the US – telling good friend and host James Corden ‘We have three girls and a boy… and one more on the way!’
However five months into the pregnancy, his wife was taken into the Portland Hospital in London, where they were left grief-stricken upon discovering they had lost the child.
Four months on, Gordon says the family are battling through it with the help of supportive family and friends – including their famous pals Jamie and Jools Oliver and David and Victoria Beckham, who they are often seen relaxing with in LA and London.
Devastated: The TV personality announced he and wife Tana, 42, were expecting their fifth child on The Late Late Show in the US, before losing the child five months later
‘Jamie and Jools were among the first to reach out and send their sympathy,’ he said, adding that the compassion of the Beckhams – who have children of similar ages to the Ramsays’ and a home near theirs in LA – has also buoyed them.
‘Victoria and David have been amazing,’ he said. ‘They came to see Tana and me immediately and showed their support, and that was mind-blowing.’
Before continuing on the other members of their support system: ‘Friends have rallied and we’ve got through it together, as a family.
‘We were devastated, but thankfully we’re through the worst now. It could happen at any time to anyone.’
Already father to four – Megan, 18, twins Holly and Jack, 16, and Tilly, 14 – the Michelin-star chef confessed the family are closer than ever because of it, and far more appreciative of what they have in life.
‘It has brought us all so much closer,’ he said. ‘You realise how lucky you are and you reflect on what you have, how fortunate you are with your remaining children and you remind yourself of what you’ve got. It’s made the family unit even tighter.’
Supportive friends: Gordon credited his close friends the Beckhams for their constant support over the past few month, saying, ‘Victoria and David have been amazing. They came to see Tana and me immediately and showed their support, and that was mind-blowing’
Doting dad: Gordon also discussed his daughter Tilly, 14, who he thought he had almost lost to sea during a pier-to-pier swim that took a turn for the worse
As if it hadn’t been a tough enough year, the Ramsay clan were then hit by a further blow when daughter Matilda, nicknamed Tilly, suffered a serious accident during their trip to the States later in the summer.
Gordon described the terrifying moment when his 14-year-old took part in a pier-to-pier swim for a new cookery show on the BBC, which took a turn for the worse.
While brother Jack, who she was completing the challenge with, rose from the water in good time, his daughter was nowhere to be seen.
The chef confessed: ‘An hour and 25 minutes passed and Tilly still hadn’t emerged. Jack dived in and tried to find her. He couldn’t. I couldn’t go in myself as I was on crutches after tearing my Achilles tendon.’
Beginning to panic, Gordon continued: ‘I felt helpless, so scared. I just looked at my wife Tana and we burst into tears. There was a search-and-rescue team out there in the water. Panic set in. I thought we’d lost Tilly. I thought, “God, what have I done? Why did I let her go?”
However minutes later their girl emerged from the water – laughing as she fooled around in the waves.
‘I was so relieved I burst into tears again, and I think it was a huge build-up of emotion,’ he finished, ‘It was everything coming to the surface and spilling out.’
Closer than ever: Gordon revealed that the miscarriage has ‘made the family unit even tighter’
Becoming even more appreciative of his family after the two traumatic events, the chef expressed his intent on ensuring his children remain level-headed and unspoiled – by earning their own pocket money despite his fortune, for example.
He explained: ‘They’re at an age when they want little part-time jobs. They’ve asked, “Do you want any help in the restaurants?” But I don’t want my team there thinking, “We can’t be ourselves because the Ramsay kids are here.”
‘So I’d much rather the children went off and found themselves jobs elsewhere.’
However he admits he is still treasuring time with his children as they develop their own independence – revealing that he Skype calls first-born Megan most nights while she is away at university, and is helping Tilly develop her cooking skills as a budding chef and cook book author herself.
Known to be something of a foul-mouthed chef on many of his shows such as Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and The F Word, the chef laughs when many are surprised at his softer, calmer side.
He jokes: ‘I do get homesick sometimes. I have a cry. I’m allowed to have a secret little cry in my car or at home, aren’t I?
Before laughing: ‘Don’t make out I’m going soft now! I check in with Tana and the kids before they go to bed. I do have a heart.’
Familiar face: Known to be something of a foul-mouthed chef on many of his shows such as Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and The F Word, the chef laughs when many are surprised at his softer, calmer side