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John Legend praises wife Chrissy Teigen after postnatal depression revelation

Sharnaz Shahid
Deputy Online Editor
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John Legend has said he is proud of his wife Chrissy Teigen for opening up about her battle with postnatal depression. The model, who shares 11-month old daughter Luna with her husband, recently penned an open essay in which she detailed her suffering. Speaking to E! News, John praised his wife for sharing her experience. "I'm so proud of her," he confessed. "She showed me the drafts when she was writing it and I knew it would mean a lot to a lot of women for them to see that.

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"By acknowledging the pain that she's going through, in doing that she also acknowledges the pain that a lot of women go through after they have a child. A lot of people don't want to talk about it. A lot of people feel alone when they're going through it and for her to let people know that they're not alone, I think was really powerful." Earlier this month, Chrissy wrote an essay for Glamour in which she revealed her struggle to do basic things, such as eat, or leave the comfort of her couch. "What basically everyone around me - but me - knew up until December was this: I have postpartum depression," she explained.

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The mother-of-one also confided that she has since been taking antidepressants, and plans to see a therapist on a regular basis. Recalling the moment she found out about her symptoms, she confessed: "John sat next to me. I looked at my doctor, and my eyes welled up because I was so tired of being in pain. Of sleeping on the couch. Of waking up throughout the night. Of throwing up. Of taking things out on the wrong people. Of not enjoying life." Hoping to inspire others to seek help, Chrissy explained that she's now starting to feel like her old self again, since she shared the news of her postpartum depression - also known as postnatal depression - with family and friends.

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John, 38, has also shared his advice for other husbands who may have wives suffering from postpartum depression. "You have to be present," he remarked. "You have to be compassionate. You have to understand what the reasons for them feeling what they're feeling are. I think once you know the reasons. I think you can be more helpful in identifying what they're going through."

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