Una Healy has been refreshingly honest about her battle with post natal depression following the birth of her second child.
The Saturdays star and husband Ben Foden welcomed their baby son Tadgh in February 2015, but Una has admitted that some very dark days followed.
‘I got through my post natal depression – thank God I did,’ the 36-year-old said.
‘Your family are there to be with you and support you through it all – and Ben was amazing.
‘The depression is something that happens quite slowly. It is hard to describe because every individual is different.
‘You’re in this dense fog. Other people get out of it but I went thicker and thicker into the fog,’ she told The Mirror.
‘But I am in a very good place now, and that is all that matters.’
Una first spoke out about her post natal depression last year, and revealed she was offered medication.
However, the Irish singer – who also has six-year-old daughter Aoife Belle – chose to have Cognitive Behavioural Therapy instead.
‘I wasn’t ready to speak about it until then,’ she explained.
‘If anyone is going through it right now, you are not alone. Speak to someone about it. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, it’s quite a normal thing actually.
‘Quite a few people reached out. A lot of people were feeling alone and I was lucky to get that feedback.’
Despite being in a much better place now, Una has said she doesn’t think she will be adding to her brood with her rugby player husband.
‘I’ve got loads of friends having babies and I can’t see any more on the horizon for me, I’m happy with my lot now,’ she confirmed.
The mother-of-two is now concentrating on her Voice Inside Of Me tour, which kicked off last Friday in Killarney, Ireland, and then heads to Galway and Dublin before Una plays London’s Lexington this Thursday.
And it seems Una hasn’t ruled out a reunion with The Saturdays either.
‘We are in touch all the time which is really nice,’ she admitted. ‘It’s kind of hard to not know what everyone’s doing with social media now and seeing everything that’s happening.
‘Maybe in the future it could be quite a nice thing to do a reunion gig or something like that, but I feel like might be a long way off.’
Words by Kirsty McCormack.