The decision to become a mom is a personal one, as is the actual journey of motherhood. And as most of us know from the women in our lives, no two mom's experiences are quite the same. But we're sure plenty of women will empathize with singer Adele after the bombshell just disclosed in Vanity Fair.
In an open and revealing interview, the 28-year-old mom of one--son Angelo, born in 2012--divulged that she doesn't think she'll have another baby. The reason: She endured a crippling bout of postpartum depression after Angelo's birth, and now she's afraid to go through it all again.
'I’m too scared. I had really bad postpartum depression after I had my son, and it frightened me. I didn't talk to anyone about it. I was very reluctant,' the singer, who is known for being candid, told the magazine.
While she struggled, her partner, Simon Konecki, encouraged her to spend time with friends who were also new moms.
"One day I said to a friend, 'I F-ing hate this,' and she just burst into tears and said, 'I F-ing hate this, too,'" she recalled. "I felt very inadequate; I felt like I’d made the worst decision of my life. 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," though she admitted she does feel guilt whenever she's away from her son for that alone time or for work recording songs.
What mom can't relate to that sentiment?
We applaud Adele's honesty and frankness to open up about a sensitive subject--unhappiness after becoming a mom--that for some women can still seem taboo. And even more than that, we hope she continues to be kind to--and honest with--herself in the months and years ahead.