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23rd Apr 2024

Halle Bailey speaks candidly about ‘severe’ post-partum depression

Anna Martin

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Singer Halle Bailey has opened up about battling post-partum depression

Posting on her Snapchat, Halle spoke candidly about her struggles after welcoming her little one to the world.

She began by saying she was “triggered” by some comments she saw on social media about her family.

After first sharing how in love she is with her “perfect” son Halo, Bailey went on to talk about her postpartum journey since becoming a new mom.

“I have severe, severe postpartum [depression], and I don’t know if any new moms can relate, but it’s to the point where it’s really bad, and it’s hard for me to be separated from my baby for more than 30 minutes at a time before I start to kind of freak out.”

She went on to praise her partner, DDG, for his parenting and his support of her, calling him “the most amazing daddy in the world”.

The Little Mermaid star continued: “Halo is a miracle. He is perfect. He is beautiful. When I look at him, I cry because of how special he is.”

“The only thing that’s been hard for me is feeling normal in my own body,” she continued.

“I feel like a completely different person when I look in the mirror. I just feel like I’m in a whole new body, and I don’t know who I am.”

Halle explained she has been finding it difficult to deal with her postpartum depression, especially since she feels there’s a stigma against discussing depression in general.

“Before I had a child and I would hear people talk about postpartum, it would kind of just go in one ear and out the other. I didn’t realise how serious of a thing it actually was,” the actress said honestly.

“Now going through it, it almost feels like you’re swimming in this ocean that’s like the biggest waves you’ve ever felt and you’re trying not to drown. And you’re trying to come up for air.”

She emphasised that her struggles have nothing to do with her son himself, it’s just something she has been trying to navigate.

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Halle Bailey Credit: Getty

“It has nothing to do with my baby. It has everything to do with me and who I am right now,” Halle said.

“I guess today I was just triggered – especially [since] social media is just not a good thing to be on when you have postpartum – but I was just really triggered today, especially by seeing some of the things that have been said about me and my family, and the one that I love and the ones that I love.”

The mum of one concluded her vulnerable moment by sharing a reminder that just because she’s in the public eye doesn’t mean that harsh words on social media don’t get to her.

“Even though you may look up to certain people and you think that they are celebrities, and they appear it have it all together, you never know what somebody else is going through, especially someone who just had a baby literally.”