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Chrissy Tiegen gets real about her struggle with late-onset postnatal depression

''It doesn’t always happen straight away.''

Refreshingly 'real', Chrissy Teigen has never kept her battle with postnatal depression and anxiety a secret, and now she's getting candid about just what that experience looked like for her.
The mum of two beautiful children, two-year-old Luna and five-month-old Miles, with musician husband John Legend, has given an interview to Glamour magazine where she stresses the importance of sharing her experience with the world, to shed light on something that often goes undiscussed.
The Lip Sync Battle co-host was on set, dressed up as Millie Bobbie Brown's character from Stranger Things, months after Luna's arrival when she realised something was not quite right.
"I think the most surprising thing for me was that it happened three months after," Teigen says. "I thought postpartum was, you have the baby and you're sad. It was like, no. It sneaks up on a lot of people. That's why I thought it was important for me to talk about."
It's no surprise that Chrissy is so open about her experience; she lets her fans into every aspect of her life, de-glamourising what would otherwise appear to be a pretty perfect Hollywood existance.
She may be one of the most recognisable stars the world has right now, but that wasn't always her goal.
"When I look at the most successful people around me, I feel like they all had plans," says the former Sports Illustrated model.
"But I never had a plan. Never. I used to be on anti-anxiety medication because I was confused. I didn't know where I was going in life. All I knew when I was younger, or when I was 18, was that I wanted kids and a husband."
Chrissy and John met in 2007 when she starred in one of his music videos.
It's no surprise that Chrissy is so open about her experience, she lets her fans into every aspect of her life, de-glamourising what would otherwise appear to be a pretty glamorous Hollywood existence.
She may be one of the most recognisable stars the world has right now, but that wasn't always her goal.
"When I look at the most successful people around me, I feel like they all had plans," says the former Sports Illustrated model.
"But I never had a plan. Never. I used to be on antianxiety medication because I was confused. I didn't know where I was going in life. All I knew when I was younger, or when I was 18, was that I wanted kids and a husband."
And that she found, when her modelling work led her to the set of the "Stereo" music video in 2007, where she met her super-talented "brainiac" husband, John Legend.

Despite being intimidated by John's fame and the circles he moved in, Chrissy soon came into her own, becoming just as adored as her husband, mainly for her quick wit and the way she tweets exactly what is on her mind.
Amongst her most golden moments was the time President Trump tweeted, "We must keep 'evil' out of our country!" to which Chrissy quickly replied, "What time should we call your Uber?"
It's her candid nature, and her willingness to share her experiences both good and bad, which has led to her being named one of Glamour magazine's women of the year.
"I still don't know my exact job title," she told the magazine. "I have no idea what is going to happen six months from now. I don't know anything. But maybe that's the way it works for a lot of people. And I'm OK with that."