Just in case you needed another reason to love Adele, the star singer doesn’t hold back when talking about depression in a super-candid interview in Vanity Fair. She says she’s dealt with the mental illness since childhood:
“I’ve always been pretty melancholy. Obviously not as much in my real life as the songs are, but 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.”
Adele also talks about dealing with postpartum depression after having her son, Angelo. In a world where giving birth is supposed to be the happiest moment of a woman’s life, we’re glad to see someone being honest about how motherhood can seriously affect your mental health:
“One day I said to a friend, ‘I f*ckin’ hate this,’ and she just burst into tears and said, ‘I f*ckin’ hate this, too.’ And it was done. It lifted. 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 forms. 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.”
Props to you, Adele. We only hope that your honesty will encourage other people to talk about their mental health issues too.