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Friday 22 August 2014

Jodi reveals battle with postnatal depression

Emma Gallagher

Published 08/07/2014 | 05:40

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Kian Egan has spoken candidly about wife Jodi Albert's battle with postnatal depression after their son's birth in 2011.

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He told RTE's Ryan Tubridy during his live broadcast in Strandhill yesterday that he found his actress wife sobbing on the bathroom floor after she gave birth to Koa.

The former Westlife star added that it was an extremely difficult time for the couple, who have been married five years.

He said: "To be honest I didn't really know what was going on.

"Jodi would be lying in bed and I would be like 'come on babe, let's get out of bed' and she'd be like 'no, I don't want to get up today' and I'm like 'come on, get up out of bed' and she'd be like 'no, no, no, just leave me, just leave me'.

"I just thought she's not up for whatever today so I just tried to take over, take Koa out, give her the time she needed, or be there for her if she needed."

Jodi (30) also told Tubridy that the crippling depression has inspired her to write a book to help other mums.

She continued: "I gave birth thinking that everything was going to be great and I was just so happy with this beautiful little baby and then I think it was an after-effect of everything.

"When I looked at Koa I was just so euphoric and you get these big bursts of emotions and I was so happy and everything – and then I just didn't really like myself very much which was kind of strange."

Kian was speaking on the phone from Manchester, while Jodi joined Tubridy in his 2FM roadcoaster.

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