Adele talks about her experience of postnatal depression in a Vanity Fair interview

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With 13% of women worldwide suffering from postnatal depression, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a world-famous singer with a packed schedule struggled with the condition as well.

About 10% of pregnant women and 13% of women who have just given birth, experience a mental disorder, primarily depression, according to the World Health Organisation.

Who is at risk?

Poverty, migration, extreme stress, exposure to violence (domestic, sexual and gender-based), emergency and conflict situations, natural disasters, and low social support generally increase risks for specific disorders, but anyone can experience a mental disorder during pregnancy or after birth, including world-famous singers.

In an interview with Vanity Fair for its October issue, Oscar-winning singer, Adele revealed that she suffered postpartum depression after she had her son in 2012.

“One day, I said to a friend, ‘I f***in’ hate this,’ and she just burst into tears and said, ‘I f***in’ hate this, too.’ And it was done. It lifted. My knowledge of postpartum – or postnatal, 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,” she told the magazine.

“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. But,” she emphasised, “I haven’t had that feeling since I had my son and snapped out of my postpartum depression.”

Read the full interview here.

Signs of postnatal depression:

  • Sadness
  • Tearfulness
  • Constant fatigue
  • Lack of concentration and energy
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Loss of pleasure and interest
  • Sleeping and eating difficulties
  • Problems with bonding with your baby
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Thoughts of suicide and/or harming yourself.


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