John Legend Responds To Wife Chrissy Teigen’s Essay On Post Natal Depression
Chrissy Teigen recently penned an essay for Glamour magazine where she opened up for the first time and spoke about her battle with post natal depression.
In the raw and honest account of her troubled time, the model recounted the chronic pain she was in as a result of her depression and anxiety, and that for many months she couldn’t even leave the house.
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. ❤
Here’s part of what she wrote:
“Getting out of bed to get to set [for Lip Synch Battle] was painful. My lower back throbbed; my shoulders – even my wrists – hurt. I didn’t have an appetite. When I wasn’t in the studio I never left the house. I’d ask people who came inside why they were wet. Was it raining? How would I know – I had every shade closed. Most days were spent on the exact same spot on the couch and rarely would I muster up the energy to make it upstairs for bed. John would sleep on the couch with me, sometimes four nights in a row. I started keeping robes and comfy clothes in the pantry so I wouldn’t have to go upstairs. There was a lot of spontaneous crying.”
Teigen came forward and shared the story with fans in hope of decreasing the stigma around depression.
“I’m speaking up now because I want people to know it can happen to anybody and I don’t want people who have it to feel embarrassed or to feel alone. I also don’t want to pretend like I know evertything about postpartum depression, because it can be different for everybody. But one thing I do know is that – for me – just merely being open about it helps.”
Teigen’s husband John Legend has now shared how incredibly proud he is of his wife for opening up in order to help other women that may have found themselves with the same feelings of anxiety and depression.
“I’m so proud of her. She showed me the drafts when she was writing it, and I knew it would mean a lot to a lot of women for them to see that. Chrissy being vocal about her depression would help other women feel less alone,” Legend said.
“By acknowledging the pain she’s going through, she also acknowledges the pain that a lot of women go through after they have a child. A lot of people don’t want to talk about it. A lot of people feel alone when they’re going through it and for her to let people know that they’re not alone, I think was really powerful.”
Legend was also able to offer men some advice on how to help their partners through the difficult time.
“You have to be present. You have to be compassionate. You have to understand what the reasons for them feeling what they’re feeling are. I think once you know the reasons, you can be more helpful in identifying what they’re going through,” he’s said.
Seriously you two! If you’re not relationship goals then I don’t know who is! Chrissy and John, you are true legends!!