Adele has revealed her battle with postnatal depression after her son’s birth, saying that it was so bad, it may have scared her off having more children.
When asked in an interview with Vanity Fair if she was considering more children Adele, 28, revealed, “I’m too scared. I had really bad postpartum depression after I had my son, and it frightened me.”
At first, the singer says she didn’t want to talk to anyone about her struggles but she eventually found solace in friends going through the same problems. “I didn’t talk to anyone about it. I was very reluctant… My boyfriend said I should talk to other women who were pregnant, and I said, ‘F— that, I ain’t hanging around with a f—ing bunch of mothers.'”
“Then, without realising it, I was gravitating towards pregnant women and other women with children, because I found they’re a bit more patient.”
“One day I said to a friend, ‘I f—ing hate this,’ and she just burst into tears and said, ‘I f—ing hate this, too.’ And it was done. It lifted.”
Adele also revealed how the depression manifested itself.
“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 form,” she said.
“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. 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.
Four of my friends felt the same way I did, and everyone was too embarrassed to talk about it; they thought everyone would think they were a bad mom, and it’s not the case. It makes you a better mom if you give yourself a better time.”
Adele recently told fans at a Nashville gig that her womb “was aching for another baby.”
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