John Legend on supporting Chrissy Teigen through postnatal depression

The Grammy award-winning songwriter has spoken out about his wife’s recovery.

Pregnancy news, 17/03/17

Chrissy Teigen recently revealed her battle with postnatal depression in a moving article for Glamour magazine.

She wrote about how ‘I had everything I needed to be happy. And yet, for much of last year, I felt unhappy.’

Chrissy has been widely praised for her honest account of her experience.

And now her husband John Legend has spoken out about how he supported her during the experience, and gives advice to other partners who may be going through similar situations.

Speaking to People magazine, he says,

‘For me as a husband, it was my job to do the best I could to support her and understand what she was going through and do whatever I could do to help her. I feel like that’s the least I could do.’

‘[As a man] you don’t know internally what it feels like. You should read about it and understand what it is and really just be there to help.’

‘You need to be present and you need to be compassionate. And we’re all learning and trying to figure it out as we go. At least do that and try to figure it out together.’

And how did he feel about Chrissy sharing her experience with the world?

‘I’m glad she wrote about it,’ he said. ‘I think it was powerful for her to let a lot of women know they’re not alone, and no matter how much money you have or fame, anybody can feel that. And it’s hard for anybody no matter how successful you are and how many resources you have.’

He continues, ‘It’s a difficult thing to be a new father and for my wife to be a new mother. Parenting advances the level of partnership you share. It’s exciting to see how we as a couple grow together and learn how to react to the challenges and the joys.’

In her article, Chrissy wrote about the support she received from her husband, saying, ‘He’s exactly as compassionate, patient, loving and understanding as he seems.’

We’re grateful to Chrissy and John for sharing their experiences and we think it’s great to hear a dad’s perspective.

When we launched our #TalkToSomeone campaign, we spoke to a number of women and their partners about their experiences of mental ill-health during and after pregnancy. You can read more stories about mental health in pregnancy here.

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