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Tuesday
Aug282012

Alanis Morissette’s Post-Partum Blues

Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage(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.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Apr142011

'Teen Mom 2' Star Leah Messer and Husband Corey Simms Divorcing

Jeffrey Hamilton/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Teen Mom 2 star Leah Messer and husband, Corey Simms, are divorcing just six months after getting married, according to published reports. 

Friends of the couple told tabloids that arguments between the two over money and infidelity had taken their toll.

Tabloids reported that the West Virginia-based couple has picked up paperwork to begin divorce proceedings, but those papers have not yet been officially filed.

Messer, 18, and Simms are the parents of two twin girls -- both just over a year old and one with disabilities. Their off-again, on-again relationship was chronicled on the show. They broke up after the twins' birth but reconciled and quickly moved in together and became engaged. They married on the show's finale.

Messer had said she did not want to get divorced after getting married. "Marriage to me is a big commitment. If I took that vow it is going to be forever," she said during a Teen Mom reunion special.

The show has been a hit for MTV and a lightening rod for controversy. Critics have said the show glorifies teen pregnancy. The girls often grace the covers of tabloids right next to movie stars.

Another Teen Mom, Jenelle Evans, was recently arrested after she was captured on tape assaulting a woman at the end of March. Evans, 19, was charged with simple assault and simple affray.

Amber Portwood, 20, another Teen Mom star, is facing domestic abuse charges. She was caught on camera punching and kicking her daughter's father, Gary Shirley, in front of her child.

"These girls are often very impulsive, they don't have good judgment," said expert family therapist Terry Real. "I think it is really critical that grownups around teen moms support them."

MTV had no comment on reports of the divorce but plans to continue the Teen Mom franchise. A spokesman for the network said the program shows the harsh reality of raising a child as young mother.

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