Model and TV personality Chrissy Teigen had to postpone plans to release a follow-up to her first cookbook after losing her appetite as she secretly battled post-partum depression.
The beauty, who is married to singer John Legend, went public with her baby blues in a new essay for Glamour magazine, in which she admits to becoming a recluse as she struggled to adjust to life as a first-time mother following the birth of their daughter Luna in April, 2016.
When she found herself constantly exhausted and emotional, Chrissy agreed to see a doctor, who diagnosed her with post-partum depression.
While the star kept the illness private from fans, she had to come clean to her publishers, as she had been expected to continue testing recipes for the sequel to her Cravings book – something she had started brainstorming for in November (16), before putting it all on hold.
I'll just say it: I have post partum depression. So much love to @glamourmag for letting me share something that was eating me up inside for months and months. One of the most amazing things about social media is the ability to interact candidly with friends and fans and it felt so weird knowing what I was going through but not really feeling like it was the right place to speak on it. I've always felt genuinely close to all of you and I'm insanely relieved you now know something that has been such a huge part of me for so long. My full essay is on the @glamourmag bio. ❤
“With the first (book), I was in the kitchen the whole time,” she explained in the Glamour piece. “I stirred every pot, tasted everything. Had genuine excitement for Every. Single. Recipe. This one (follow-up) came at the height of my losing my appetite, and the idea of having to test and taste recipes actually made me vomit.”
She continued, “I had to postpone my second cookbook, but my editor, Francis Lam, and publisher couldn’t have been more understanding. To go from discussing layouts and recipes and shoot days to a complete ‘off’ switch was, I’m sure, not a great thing to hear. But, again, I cannot overstate how lucky I am to work with these people.”
Chrissy went on to insist she is now doing much better, although she isn’t back to full health just yet.
“I have really good days and bad days,” she added. “I will say, though, right now, all of the really bad days – the days that used to be all my days – are gone.”
A release date for the Cravings follow-up has yet to be announced. The original book hit retailers in February, 2016.