Gwyneth Paltrow gives an interview and graces the February issue of Good Housekeeping. The actress, who raises Apple, 6, and Moses, 4, with husband Chris Martin, opens up about postpartum depression, motherhood and marriage.
On how she felt during postpartum depression: “I felt like a zombie. I couldn’t access my heart. I couldn’t access my emotions. I couldn’t connect. It was terrible. It was the exact opposite of what had happened when Apple was born. With her, I was on cloud nine. I couldn’t believe it wasn’t the same [after Moses was born]. I just thought it meant I was a terrible mother and a terrible person.”
On understanding the nature of her true feelings: “I think it was the fear of loving a little boy as much as I loved my dad and more.”
On getting Apple to follow up on responsibilities: “Apple started going, ‘I’m not crazy about that idea! I don’t like change! I’m in a battle right now because Apple doesn’t like to go to gymnastics. When she’s crying about it, I just want to scoop her up and say, ‘Forget it. Let’s go get an ice cream.’ But you can’t do that, of course. That’s something my father taught me. You need to be accountable, and you need to be responsible. You need to honor your commitments.”
On being married to Coldplay front man Chris Martin: “I definitely have to coax things out of him when we talk. You know, he’s British, so it’s a different lexicon totally. But you have to communicate. Otherwise there’s no relationship.”
You can read more on Gwyneth Paltrow’s interview at Good Housekeeping.