In the latest edition of British Vogue, she comes clean about the rocky start she had after givnig birth to Moses Martin, her son with Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin. Gwyneth discussed her battle with postpartum depression a few years ago, and the feelings she describes–detachment, feeling crazy, experiencing a lack of maternal feelings–are all hallmarks of the disease, which affects nearly 1 in 5 women.
The Oscar winner and star of the upcoming IronMan 2 describes feeling like a “robot”, and “not being able to connect”, but at the same time, being unable to confront the feelings she was having. She credits her husband with helping pull her out of it.
“It was Chris, actually, who said out loud that something was wrong. And that was such a relief when he did because it was confirmation that it wasn’t just me.”
Paltrow, 37, is one of many celeb moms who have owned up to having had the baby blues. Kendra Wilkinson recently talked about having a rough time after giving birth to baby Hank last year. And of course, in an admission that seemed to send Tom Cruise off his rocker, Brooke Shields came forth several years ago about the severe case of postpartum depression she suffered after giving birth to daughter Rowan.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s candid remarks mark the second time this week she has opened up about her private life. A few days ago, in an excerpt from the same article, Gwyneth called herself a “mean girl”, admitting that at times, she can “ice people out and harbor revenge”.
I wonder what prompted all this emoting? Whatever it is, having high-profile moms like Gwyneth talk about these issues is definitely a good thing.