Having a child isn’t all cupcakes and rainbows; for Adele the responsibility was a truly scary thing.
In a candid interview with Vanity Fair, Adele described the mental challenges she faced after the birth of her son Angelo: “I had really bad postpartum depression after I had my son, and it frightened me… My friends who didn’t have kids would get annoyed with me… whereas I knew I could just sit there and chat absolute mush with my friends who had children, and we wouldn’t judge each other.”
She recalled one example where everyone just bawled their eyes out: “One day I said to a friend, ‘I f**kin’ hate this,’ and she just burst into tears and said, ‘I f**kin’ hate this, too.’ And it was done. It lifted.”
And for those who don’t understand how a child could cause so much stress, Adele was happy to explain: “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.”
She added: “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 the “Hello” singer found the cure: “I just said, I’m going to give myself an afternoon a week, just to do whatever the f**k 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.”