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'It frightened me'

Adele opens up about dealing with postpartum depression after the birth of her son

By Brigit Katz on November 1, 2016

In a candid interview with Vanity Fair, Adele revealed that she suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of her son Angelo in 2012. When asked if she planned to have more children someday, the 10-time Grammy winner said, “I’m too scared. I had really bad postpartum depression after I had my son, and it frightened me.”

“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,” Adele continued. “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.”

While struggling through the early stages of motherhood, Adele initially resisted the company of other women with children (“I said, ‘Fuck that, I ain’t hanging around with a fuckin’ bunch of mothers.’”). But she unwittingly gravitated towards pregnant women and new mothers, finding solace in their company.

“My friends who didn’t have kids would get annoyed with me,” she said, “whereas I knew I could just sit there and chat absolute mush with my friends who had children, and we wouldn’t judge each other. One day I said to a friend, ‘I fuckin’ hate this,’ and she just burst into tears and said, ‘I fuckin’ hate this, too.’ And it was done. It lifted.”

Adele is currently in the middle of an international tour for her latest album 25, which shattered sales records after its release in 2015. She told Vanity Fair that she sometimes feels “guilty” because the demands of her work schedule make it impossible for her to put Angelo to bed every night. But, she said, “It makes you a better mom if you give yourself a better time.”

Read more at Vanity Fair and Today.



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