Adele Opens Up About Postpartum Depression

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Adele opened up to Vanity Fair in an interview for the cover story. Adele admits that she’s afraid of having a second child after suffering a really bad case of postpartum depression after giving birth to her son Angelo, “I’m too scared. I had really bad postpartum depression after I had my son, and it frightened me.”

Adele admits that she didn’t take any antidepressants during this time, but also that she didn’t talk to anyone. Until one day she finally called her friend and talked about what was going on, “‘I fuckin’ hate this,’ and she just burst into tears and said, ‘I fuckin’ hate this, too.’ And it was done. It lifted.”

She went on to detail her depression, and how she was able to cope with it by setting aside some time to herself, “My knowledge of postpartum—or post-natal, as we call it in England—is that you don’t want to be with your child; you’re worried you might hurt your child; you’re worried you weren’t doing a good job. But I was obsessed with my child. I felt very inadequate; I felt like I’d made the worst decision of my life . . . . It can come in many different forms. Eventually I just said, I’m going to give myself an afternoon a week, just to do whatever the fuck I want without my baby.”

Besides opening up about the postpartum depression, she also notes that she felt pressured to have a child, “I think it’s the bravest thing not to have a child; all my friends and I felt pressurized into having kids, because that’s what adults do. I love my son more than anything, but on a daily basis, if I have a minute or two, I wish I could do whatever the fuck I wanted, whenever I want. Every single day I feel like that.”

[Via Cosmopolitan]

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