John Legend has opened up about Chrissy Teigen’s post-natal depression

‘You don’t see it coming. You’re not emotionally prepared for someone that’s going through a dark time as you’re welcoming this new life’

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen welcomed their daughter Luna last April.

Announcing the news to the world, model Chrissy Teigen posted to Instagram ‘She’s here! Luna Simone Stephens, we are so in love with you! And sleepy. Very sleepy.’ Grammy award-winning John Legend took to Twitter to announce the news, posting ‘our new love is here! Luna Simone Stephens, born on Thursday, the 14th. We couldn’t be happier!’

A year after the birth, however, Chrissy has opened up about suffering with postpartum depression – a condition that between 10 and 20 per cent of mothers experience after birth.

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Writing about the condition in an open letter that she wrote for Glamour, Chrissy explained her constant state of physical pain following the birth of her daughter and how she stopped eating and couldn’t stop crying.

‘I know he must look over at times and think: My God, get it together. But he has never made me feel that way’, Chrissy explained. ‘He wants me to be happy, silly, and energetic again, but he’s not making me feel bad when I’m not in that place.’

Opening up about his wife’s struggle, John Legend explained to The Sun, ‘You don’t see it coming. You’re not emotionally prepared for someone that’s going through a dark time as you’re welcoming this new life.’

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He continued: ‘When you don’t understand what’s happening, it’s a bit challenging to figure it out and you don’t know if it’s something you’ve done or some other reason why she’s not feeling well. Once you understand what the reasons are then it makes perfect sense and you can adjust accordingly’

‘She was already doing better when she was writing the piece’, he explained. ‘She was coming out of it and was able to see it more clearly with some perspective and I think it was helpful for her to be on her way out of it as she was writing.’

This follows a string of celebrities standing up and acknowledging their conditions, with Adele opening up about her post-natal depression in November.

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