Fight Song singer Rachel Platten opens up about her battle with postpartum depression
Rachel Platten has described her “incredibly painful battle” with her mental health following the birth of her baby.
The American singer marked six months since the birth of her daughter with a lengthy Instagram post detailing her struggles during the postpartum period and how she weathered the tough times.
The 40-year-old, who rose to fame with her ballad Fight Song in 2015, which later became Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign anthem in 2016, posted a photo of herself holding her daughter and smiling, with a caption beginning “Sophie is 6 months old today. Wow.”
He continues: “I feel so proud of myself, I’ve been through an incredibly painful battle with my mental health, long days that seemed impossible and tears that kept coming and nights that seemed endless when my poor scared body wouldn’t let me sleep.”
She wrote that she had tried ‘every tool possible’, including the things she was ‘afraid of’, and once again felt ‘constant joy, ease, power and genuine hope’. .
She added that she now knows her strength and worth and that she welcomes her “insecurities and weaknesses and all my glorious sunny parts”, and that it gives her power.
Sophie Jo is Platten’s second child with husband Kevin Lazan. They also have a three-year-old daughter, Violet Skye.
Her message continues with a message of hope to those who also struggle with mental health issues.
It reads, “I just want to reach out in the dark if any of you reading this are still here. I promise you it is possible for you to feel joy again.
“I’m here as an example that you can do that. You can be your own hero and you can learn to love each other and believe in you.
It ends with an uplifting quote given to the musician by his aunt after losing her husband of 50 years.
The quote reads: “Rachel, no one will come to save you. Be your own hero. Do a brave thing today. Do one more tomorrow. Win the day. You can do it.”
Platten ends the caption with, “She was teaching me how to get out of hell. So I pass the baton, you can do it. Win the day. I love you all.
“Happy 6 months my angel Sophie jo.”