Brave Adele 'helping to break the stigma around post-natal depression'

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Adele has been praised as "incredibly brave" by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) after speaking out about battling post-natal depression.

The singer's openness will "help break the stigma" around the condition, the NCT added.

The 28-year-old revealed she suffered from post-natal depression after giving birth to her son Angelo, now four, and admitted that she felt like she had made "the worst decision" of her life.

Adele
Adele (Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

In her interview with Vanity Fair magazine, she added that she was now "too scared" to have another child.

Sarah McMullen, NCT head of knowledge, said: "Adele is incredibly brave for speaking out about her battle with post-natal depression.

"Her honesty will help break the stigma around post-natal depression and stop women in the same situation feeling so alone."

McMullen added: "(Adele) offers some great advice about mums talking to other mums, friends and family about their feelings. Speaking out can be such a hard thing to do but it's often the first step on the road to recovery.

"Getting help early can make all the difference. If you feel something is wrong, don't suffer in silence, speak to your midwife, health visitor or GP."

Adele said that she loved her son more than anything but felt inadequate as a mother and had to spend time away from him after he was born.

Adele and Simon Konecki
Adele and Simon Konecki (Yui Mok/PA)

She said: "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*** I want without my baby. A friend of mine said, 'Really? Don't you feel bad?' I said, 'I do, but not as bad as I'd feel if I didn't do it'."

The singer said she did not take antidepressants and was reluctant to talk to anyone about how she was feeling.

She told the magazine: "I think it's the bravest thing not to have a child; all my friends and I felt pressurised into having kids, because that's what adults do.

"I love my son more than anything, but on a daily basis, if I have a minute or two, I wish I could do whatever the f*** I wanted, whenever I want. Every single day I feel like that."

Asked about having another baby, she said partner Simon Konecki's daughter from a former marriage was her "get-out-of-jail-free card", adding: "I'm too scared. I had really bad postpartum depression after I had my son, and it frightened me."