AUSTRALIA – Kate Miller-Heidke, 37, has revealed her battle with post-natal depression following the birth of her son, Ernie.
On Saturday, the singer spoke to BW magazine about the lows she felt following her birth of her son, now two, who she shares with husband Keir Nutall. She jokingly said: ‘Some people describe having a kid as a life sentence… which is funny because it’s true.’
Kate went on to say that she and her husband Keir approached raising children thinking it was a ‘project’, only to come to the realisation that it ‘never ends.’ Parenting especially in the early days is really hard,’ she said, candidly.
In order to combat the depression she went on to say that ‘therapy’ helped, as well as Ernie getting older and being able to stick to a routine. Her experience: ‘Parenting especially in the early days is really hard,’ Kate (L) said, adding that she and her husband Keir at first thought of it as a ‘project’ only to realise it doesn’t end.
‘Ernie getting older and sleeping better and giving me time to do things for myself and see my friends [is helpful],’ she added. Kate added that her friends opening up with their own struggles with loneliness and how parenting helped her as well.
The singer is now set to perform her winning Eurovision song, Zero Gravity, at the international song contest, with the song revolving around her low period. Speaking to the Australian Financial Review in February, she said: ‘The idea [for the song] began to germinate after I gave birth to my son.’ She added: ‘This song tries to capture what it’s like to come out of a [low] period like that, to transcend it.’
The composer however hopes her composition, to be heard in Tel Aviv, will be a ‘really empowering’ song.
Kate trained as a classical singer at the Queensland Conservatorium, and has performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and in several roles for the English National Opera. Her debut opera as a composer, The Rabbits, won four Helpmann Awards including Best Score and Best New Australian Work.
In 2017, Kate scored the hugely successful stage adaptation of hit film Muriel’s Wedding.