#ChrissyTeigen may be a model, but she's first and foremost known for being one of the funniest people on Twitter. Her sense of humor, her perfect deadpan responses to eye roll-inducing comments and her no-nonsense approach to politics have made her an online #celebrity that people turn to for no-filter opinions and great jokes.
Add to that her adorable relationship with singer John Legend and their baby Luna, who's been melting hearts on her mom's social media ever since she was born in 2016, and she seems pretty spoiled in life. As she puts it herself:
To a lot of you, I think, I seem like the happiest person on the planet.
Yet when Luna was born, she struggled for a long time with postpartum depression — a form of depression occurring in mothers after the birth of their child that affects one in nine women in the United States. While she hadn't mentioned it once, Teigen decided to open up about her experience, both for herself and to fight the stigma that still surrounds mental health: Suffering from depression doesn't have to be linked to what's happening in your life, and it's not shameful to admit that you are. In a heartfelt open letter in Glamour, she describes how it started and how she learned to move on from it.
I had everything I needed to be happy. And yet, for much of the last year, I felt unhappy. What basically everyone around me — but me — knew up until December was this: I have postpartum depression.
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Though everything about her behavior changed pretty quickly, she writes, it took her a while to admit something was wrong.
But I was different than before. Getting out of bed to get to set on time was painful. My lower back throbbed; my shoulders — even my wrists — hurt. I didn't have an appetite. I would go two days without a bite of food, and you know how big of a deal food is for me.
[...] I couldn't figure out why I was so unhappy. I blamed it on being tired and possibly growing out of the role: 'Maybe I'm just not a goofy person anymore. Maybe I'm just supposed to be a mom.'
But eventually — after weeks of not leaving her house, projects grinding to a halt — she managed to be properly diagnosed and treated. Coming back from that experience, she writes, made her realize that postpartum shouldn't be as taboo as it still is:
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 everything 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. This has become my open letter.
The whole letter is a wonderfully personal and touching read, and highlights just how meaningful it can be to have celebs speak up about little-known issues that can affect everyone. Click here to read it in full.
Do you appreciate celebrities opening up about their personal troubles?