Chrissy Teigen courageously revealed she has postpartum depression in a super honest essay that was published on Mar. 6. Admitting she had no idea why she was ‘so unhappy,’ the model shared her story just months after her official diagnosis in an effort to help others. And she’s not the 1st celeb to do so!
From Adele, 28, to Hayden Panettiere, 27, more stars than we think have suffered from postpartum depression. And after Chrissy Teigen, 31, opened up for the first time about her own PPD, we could’t help but wonder who else has battled this difficult illness. And while many women find it hard to talk about, Chrissy penned an emotional essay for Glamour‘s April cover story in which she got beautifully raw with her fans, even admitting to not being able to get out of bed on some days.
I'll just say it: I have post partum depression. So much love to @glamourmag for letting me share something that was eating me up inside for months and months. One of the most amazing things about social media is the ability to interact candidly with friends and fans and it felt so weird knowing what I was going through but not really feeling like it was the right place to speak on it. I've always felt genuinely close to all of you and I'm insanely relieved you now know something that has been such a huge part of me for so long. My full essay is on the @glamourmag bio. ❤
“Getting out of bed to get to set [of Lip Sync Battle] on time was painful. My lower back throbbed; my shoulders — even my wrists — hurt. I didn’t have an appetite. I would go two days without a bite of food, and you know how big of a deal food is for me,” Chrissy wrote of the difficulties she endured after welcoming daughter Luna, 11 months, with John Legend, 38. And at her lowest point, the model even locked herself in the house for days at a time when she didn’t have work.
“When I wasn’t in the studio, I never left the house. I mean, never. Not even a tiptoe outside. I’d ask people who came inside why they were wet. Was it raining? How would I know — I had every shade closed,” she said. Chrissy is nowhere near alone in her struggle though. In fact, about 13 percent of women who give birth develop postpartum depression, according to apa.org.
“There’s a lot of misunderstanding,” Hayden said on Live! with Kelly and Michael in September 2016. “There’s a lot of people out there that think that it’s not real, that it’s not true, that it’s something that’s made up in their minds, that ‘Oh, it’s hormones.’ They brush it off. It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable. It’s really painful and it’s really scary, and women need a lot of support.”
Back in October 2015, the Nashville star revealed she suffered from PPD after the 2014 birth of her daughter Kaya. She even entered rehab for treatment. Adele has also spoken out about her own postpartum struggles, telling Vanity Fair in 2016 that she “had really bad postpartum depression” after I she had her son Angelo, and it “frightened” her.
“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,” the singer said. “But I was obsessed with my child. I felt very inadequate; I felt like I’d made the worst decision of my life.”
While Celine Dion, 48, did not experience postpartum depression with her first child, son René-Charles Angelil, 16, she did experience it after the birth of her twin sons Eddy and Nelson, 6. “Some of the first days after I came home, I was a little outside myself. One moment, tremendous happiness; the next, fatigue sets in, and I cried for no reason,” Celine has said. “Some of the first days after I came home, I was a little outside myself. I had no appetite and that bothered me. My mother remarked that she noticed I had moments of lifelessness but reassured me that this was entirely normal. It’s for things like that after having a baby that mothers really need emotional support.”
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — are you surprised by how many stars have suffered from postpartum depression?