The mega-star suffered from post-natal depression


Friendly, bubbly, and one of the most successful musicians of all time – to many, Adele seems like an unstoppable force.

But the global superstar from Tottenham, north London has never been afraid to show a lot of vulnerability – and has now revealed that she’s battled depression since a young age, and suffered from post-natal depression after the birth of her son Angelo.

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In a new chat with Vanity Fair, Adele speaks very frankly about her struggles after becoming a mother in October 2012, expressing that despite her intense love for her child, she had an unshakeable feeling of inadequacy.

‘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,’ she told the US magazine.

‘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.’

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Though she didn’t take antidepressants, she managed to get herself back on track by taking time for herself:

‘Eventually I just said, I’m going to give myself an afternoon a week, just to do whatever the f*ck I want without my baby. A friend of mine said, ‘Really? Don’t you feel bad?’ I said, “I do, but not as bad as I’d feel if I didn’t do it”.’

Elsewhere in the illuminating discussion, 28-year-old Adele reveals that she had her first experiences with depression and struggling with mental health at the young age of 10, following the death of her grandfather.

‘I have a very dark side. I’m very available to depression.

‘I can slip in and out of it quite easily. It started when my granddad died, when I was about 10, and while I never had a suicidal thought, I have been in therapy, lots.’

And when asked whether she’d be having a younger brother or sister for Angelo, she admitted that her previous experience while being a new mum makes her hesitate: ‘I’m too scared. I had really bad [post-natal] depression after I had my son, and it frightened me.’

However, she said that partner Simon Konecki‘s daughter from a previous relationship was her ‘get-out-of-jail-free-card’.