UPDATE (4/26) -- Nearly two months after revealing her diagnosis of postpartum depression, Chrissy Teigen is getting public support yet again from her loving husband, John Legend.
Legend, who recently received the honor of being one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People, was not shy about revealing who his biggest influence is.
"My wife [is the most influential person in my life]," Legend said. "We spend a lot of time together, we know each other really well, we get along pretty well too. She's very influential."
Though Teigen struggled with postpartum depression for months after the birth of the couple's daughter Luna, Legend was right by her side all along the way. And now, he's saying he wasn't looking to become the "Husband of the Year" just because he was supportive.
"I'm just doing what a husband's supposed to do," he said. "You shouldn't get an award for that, just doing my job."
You're doing it well, John! Bravo to you.
UPDATE (4/13) -- More than a month after opening up about her difficult diagnosis of postpartum depression, Chrissy Teigen admits that she's finally doing OK.
In a recent interview with Refinery29, the 31-year-old mom of one claims that despite seeing a few "bad days," things are starting to look up.
Coming out of this tough time, Teigen hopes to inspire other mothers who are battling with this kind of depression.
"Just know that there’s a light on the other side," Teigen said of the advice she'd give to other struggling mothers. "When I was in the midst of everything, I could never imagine myself on the other side of it. Now, I’m able to look at September, October, November, and December and shake my head at how dark and crazy of a period it was."
"Unfortunately, you can only really do that when you’re out of it," she added. "There’s no other way to explain it. And there’s no better feeling than being out of it."
All in all, Teigen encourages other women to maintain a positive outlook throughout their diagnosis.
“You have your good and bad days. I just had a bad day a couple days ago. But the bad days do not outweigh the good days anymore. Just when you think it’s really, really bad, it’s going to get better," she continued. “So hopefully, if you’re going through something tough, you can find some peace in knowing that."
We're so happy for you, Chrissy, and we're glad you're feeling much better.
UPDATE (3/15) -- Just days after Chrissy Teigen bravely opened up about her battle with postpartum depression, her husband John Legend is doing some opening up as well. Legend has been by his wife's side during her struggle, and he has some seriously sweet things to say about helping her.
"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," Legend said. "I feel like that’s the least I could do."
He also admitted that as a man, he couldn't fully understand what postpartum depression was like. Still, he had some advice for people who have women in their lives fighting the same battle as Teigen.
"You should read about it and understand what it is and really just be there to help," he said. "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."
Aww! As if that weren't supportive enough, Legend also praised his wife for bravely opening up about the diagnosis in the first place.
"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," he said. "And it’s hard for anybody, no matter how successful you are and how many resources you have."
We couldn't agree more. Bravo, John!
(3/6) -- Last year, fans and followers thought Chrissy Teigen was happy. After all, the model seemed to have the perfect life on the surface--a successful career, a wonderful husband, singer John Legend, and finally, her first child, Luna.
But deep down, Teigen was hiding a painful secret, that only those closest around her knew about, even before she did.
In a personal essay for Glamour.com, the star opened up about her private battle with postpartum depression. At first, she mistook it for stress about her home being under construction shortly after she gave birth, and the moving around she did with her family until it was completed.
But then, things took a darker turn.
She wrote, "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."
She said one of the things that really got to her was how short she was being with people around her, especially when she was back on the job at Lip Sync Battler.
She wrote, "I would be in my dressing room, sitting in a robe, getting hair and makeup done, and a crew member would knock on the door and ask: 'Chrissy, do you know the lyrics to this song?' And I would lose it. Or 'Chrissy, do you like these cat ears, or these panda hands?' And I’d be like: 'Whatever you want. I don’t care.' They would leave. My eyes would well up and I would burst into tears."
And when she wasn't at work, she'd rarely leave the house.
"Most days were spent on the exact same spot on the couch and rarely would I muster up the energy to make it upstairs for bed. John would sleep on the couch with me, sometimes four nights in a row," she wrote. "I started keeping robes and comfy clothes in the pantry so I wouldn’t have to go upstairs when John went to work. There was a lot of spontaneous crying."
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As if all that weren't bad enough, she couldn't seem to figure out what was wrong with her. That is, until she went in for her physical last December.
She wrote, "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. Of not seeing my friends. Of not having the energy to take my baby for a stroll."
So the doctor began listing symptoms, and she nodded along to every one that he said. It didn't take long before he gave her the diagnosis: postpartum depression and anxiety.
After she finally got her answer, the healing could begin.
"I started taking an antidepressant, which helped," she wrote. "And I started sharing the news with friends and family—I felt like everyone deserved an explanation, and I didn’t know how else to say it other than the only way I know: just saying it."
But she wasn't just doing it for herself. She was doing it for women everywhere going through the same thing.
As she put it: "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."
Bravo, Chrissy! We know your family must be so proud of you.