Singer John Legend opens up about supporting his wife through her battle with postpartum depression

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 7:25 AM

WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28:  Model Chrissy Teigen (L) and actor/singer/executive producer John Legend attend WGN America's
WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Model Chrissy Teigen (L) and actor/singer/executive producer John Legend attend WGN America's "Underground" Season Two Premiere Screening at Regency Village Theatre on March 1, 2017 in Westwood, California.

Chrissy Teigen has a great support system at home.

The model recently opened up about her struggle with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, Luna, and husband John Legend has been there for her.

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“I’m so proud of her,” Legend said following his wife’s confession in Glamour magazine. “She showed me the drafts when she was writing it and I knew it would mean a lot to a lot of women for them to see that. By acknowledging the pain that she’s going through, in doing that she also acknowledges the pain that a lot of women go through after they have a child. A lot of people don’t want to talk about it. A lot of people feel alone when they’re going through it and for her to let people know that they’re not alone, I think was really powerful.”

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Teigen revealed she felt physical and emotional pain during her struggle and described the moment she was diagnosed.

“John sat next to me. I looked at my doctor, and my eyes welled up because I was so tired of being in pain. Of sleeping on the couch. Of waking up throughout the night. Of throwing up. Of taking things out on the wrong people. Of not enjoying life. Of not seeing my friends. Of not having the energy to take my baby for a stroll,” she wrote.

Teigen was prescribed anti-depressants and stated that she has “good and bad days.”

Legend offered advice for others who are struggling or whose spouse is struggling with PPD.

“You have to be present. You have to be compassionate. You have to understand what the reasons for them feeling what they’re feeling are,” he said. “I think once you know the reasons. I think you can be more helpful in identifying what they’re going through.”

(H/T: E! News)

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Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 5:29 PM

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Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis were at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles Tuesday to announce the nominees for the 90th Academy Awards. “The Shape of Water,” “Get Out,” “Dunkirk” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” were among the films receiving multiple nominations.

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Some of the nominees have made history, including Jordan Peele, who is the first black filmmaker nominated for writing, producing and directing in the same year for “Get Out.” Mary J. Blige is the first person in the history of the awards to be nominated for best supporting actress and best original song in the same year for”Mudbound.” Vox reported that Christopher Plummer, nominated for best supporting actor for “All the Money in the World,” is the oldest nominee for acting at age 88.

Actress Meryl Streep poses for photographers during a photo call for the film 'The Post' in Milan, Italy, Monday, Jan.15, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)(Antonio Calanni/AP)

“The Post” was largely snubbed, but Meryl Streep earned her 21st Oscar nomination for best actress.

Here are some reactions from nominees, shared on Twitter and in statements to EW.com, for this year’s Oscars:

Mary J. Blige receives record-setting Oscar nominations for ‘Mudbound’

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 3:44 PM

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Mary J. Blige shed happy tears when she learned she earned her first-ever Oscar nomination Tuesday morning.

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“My phone rang at about 5:30 a.m. and it was my publicist, Amanda, and she was screaming,” she told USA Today. “And I don’t know what it is so I’m screaming and I’m crying! It’s just a really emotional time. We’re not taking this lightly because things like this don’t happen. And it did.”

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The singer is nominated for best supporting actress for “Mudbound.” She plays Florence Johnson, a sharecropper’s wife, in the film.

“I just can’t stop crying,” Blige said.

Mary J. Blige is earned two Oscar nominations for best supporting actress and best original song for "Mudbound."(EPK.tv)


Blige has a lot to be happy about. The same day, she earned a second nod for best original song for “Mighty River,” which she wrote and recorded for the post-World War II era Netflix movie set in the Deep South. Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson also share writing credits on the song.

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The double nomination makes Blige the first person of any gender to be nominated for best supporting actress and best original song in the same year.

Although the record is a historic one, Blige expressed disappointment that the film’s director, Dee Rees, wasn’t nominated for best director. Rees is still nominated for best adapted screenplay with Virgil Williams.

Blige told USA Today she hopes people take away a message of hope from the film.

“What I hope that people take away is that no matter how bad or how awful things get or look or people treat us, we cannot give up on ourselves,” she said. “And we have to continue to look at the negative as an opportunity to do something positive, to change something.”

“Love is the answer. Love is the silver lining trough the whole movie,” she said.

James Franco, ‘Wonder Woman’ among Oscar nomination snubs

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:32 PM

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Nominations were announced for the 90th Academy Awards‬‬ Tuesday, and although a number of actors and filmmakers and films have multiple noms, some names expected to be called were snubbed.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, James Franco was considered by many to likely be nominated for his role  in “The Disaster Artist.” The actor, who faces multiple sexual misconduct allegations, was not among those nominated. “The Disaster Artist” only received one nomination for adapted screenplay for screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber.

This image released by A24 shows James Franco in a scene from "The Disaster Artist." Franco failed to receive an Oscar nomination for best actor on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (Justina Mintz/A24 via AP)(Justina Mintz/AP)

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“Wonder Woman” was not nominated for any awards, technical or otherwise, despite being a high-grossing blockbuster last year. The star of the film, Gal Gadot, was also not nominated, Deadline reported.

Despite tremendous box office success, “Wonder Woman" and the film's star, Gal Gadot, received no Oscar nominations. (Warner Bros. Entertainment and RATPAC Entertainment, LLC)(Warner Bros. Entertainment and RATPAC Entertainment, LLC)

Tom Hanks was considered snubbed when he did not receive a Best Actor nomination for his role in “The Post.” Deadline reported that his co-star Meryl Streep received her 21st Oscar nomination overall for her role in the film. The movie also has a best picture nomination, but director Steven Spielberg was not nominated.

Streep is set to join other nominees at the 90th Academy Awards March 4.

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Jordan Peele makes history with ‘Get Out’ Oscar nomination

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:08 PM

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Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, “Get Out,” has earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Director. The nomination puts him among just four other black directors nominated for the award.

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The Los Angeles Times reported that John Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood”), Lee Daniels (2009’s “Precious”), Steve McQueen (2013’s “12 Years a Slave”) and Barry Jenkins (2017’s “Moonlight”) have all previously been nominated in the Oscar category.

If Peele wins, he would be the first black director to have an Academy Award.

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Peele has already made history as the first black filmmaker nominated for writing, producing and directing in the same year, according to Esquire

The feat doesn’t seem lost on Peele. He tweeted gratitude after the nominations were announced.

“Right now I’m just thinking about everyone who bought a ticket and told someone else to. You did this. Thank you,” he wrote.

“Get Out” star Daniel Kaluuya also received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. “I just spoke to Daniel,” Peele wrote on Twitter. “You know when you’re on the phone trying to disguise the sound of an ugly cry? I failed at that.”

The Oscars are March 4.

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