Alanis Morissette’s Post-Partum Blues
by ABC Digital
(NEW YORK) -- She’s lyrically fearless, recognized for her unique vocals and iconic break-up songs. With seven albums and seven Grammy awards, Alanis Morissette is an alternative rock idol.
But now, 38-year-old Morissette is talking about life with her 20-month-old son, Ever, attachment parenting, and struggling with post-partum depression.
Ever became the center of national attention when Morissette came forward with her views on attachment parenting, saying she’ll breastfeed until he decides it’s time to stop.
“I’m always available if he needs me, period. I love snuggling and sleeping next to him,” Morissette told ABC News. Morissette said she plans on feeding her son the natural way until he “is finished and weaned.”
“I think it affords the child, when he grows up, to have a lot less therapy to go to,” the “Jagged Little Pill” singer, said in May on “The Billy Bush Show.”
“For me, I protect his safety and his well-being and his attachment,” said Morissette, who is married to rapper Mario “Souleye” Treadway. “That stage of development is a very important stage.”
The songstress recently said she suffered “baby blues,” an intense struggle with post-partum depression. When Lara Spencer asked Morissette Tuesday morning why she felt the need to share about this, she replied:
“I didn’t feel the need to share. It just was part of the autobiographical transparency value that I have. I really think transparency really levels the playing field for all of us and renders our humanness OK,” Morissette said. “It was just a really intense time and if I could share anything with anyone who’s going through it, it would be to encourage them to seek help and reach out a little earlier than I did.”
“I think the feminist movement went through being very dependent, being autonomous, being individualistic and being empowered on our own, burning your bras and such. And then now, in 2012, there’s this gorgeous inner-dependence and saying ‘I’m really empowered and I need you and I need help.’ It’s really great,” Morissette added.
But Tuesday she celebrates the release of her first album in four years, Havoc and Bright Lights, where Morissette focuses on singing about life as wife, mother and an alpha-woman.
“There’s this intimacy that comes from commitment and there’s this healing that is to be gotten from that. So with my son and my husband and my marriage, there’s a lot of healing that’s going on. Where songwriting is really cathartic and it moves all this energy, it didn’t necessarily heal anything.”
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