"I had everything I needed to be happy," Teigen wrote of the year following Luna's birth. "And yet, for much of the last year, I felt unhappy. What basically everyone around me — but me — knew up until December was this: I have postpartum depression." She returned to Lip Sync Battle just four months after giving birth.
"Getting out of bed to get to set on time was painful," she continued. "My lower back throbbed; my shoulders — even my wrists — hurt." Teigen confessed that she was short with her coworkers and that she wrote the essay in part to explain why she'd been so unhappy in the past few months. She continued: "I wanted to write an open letter to friends and employers to explain why I had been so unhappy. The mental pain of knowing I let so many people down at once was worse than the physical pain. To have people that you respect, who are the best in the business, witness you at your worst is tough." These days, Teigen is taking an antidepressant and about to begin therapy.
Of course, this isn't something she should have to apologize or explain. Pregnancy is tough, and no matter who you are — supermodel or not — it can rattle you to your core. In the words of Teigen, "postpartum does not discriminate." Teigen may be financially comfortable — she admits to having a nanny — but money and comfort are not mutually inclusive. And when someone like Teigen admits to struggling with depression, she helps destigmatize the condition.
As with most things Chrissy Teigen, Twitter quickly rallied in support.