Alanis Morisette and her husband, Mario ‘Souleye’ Treadway, welcomed son Ever Imre on Christmas Day nearly two years ago. Although the couple was over the moon after their surprise pregnancy, Alanis began to show signs of postpartum depression shortly after Ever’s birth. Now, the singer is opening up about her struggle.
“I think if there’s any goal in me talking about it, the postpartum experience it would be to eradicate the shame around it,” she reveals to ET Canada. “It’s just what happens sometimes and for me, it just took way to long to reach out for help.” After trying to deal with her struggle along, Alanis realized that the longer she waited, the worst it was getting.
In addition to the depression and emotional toll, Alanis was experiencing physical pain as well. “Everything hurt for 15 months straight!” she reveals. “I just thought it was a swampy chapter, if I soldiered it out it would go away.”
Now, with a new album, being inducted into Hollywood’s Rockwalk, and her healthy son and husband, Alanis couldn’t be happier. She has even been in talks with producers about a gig on American Idol, but with Mariah Carey confirmed and rumors that Nicki Minaj has also signed on, there doesn’t seem to be much room left.
Alanis has been somewhat unconventional in her approach to parenting and refers to herself as an ‘attachment parent.’ “I breastfeed and I’ll be breastfeeding until my son is finished and he weans,” she told Access Hollywood (her son was 1 1/2 at the time of the interview). “I think it affords the child, when he grows up, to have a lot less therapy to go to.”