Gwyneth Paltrow on post-partum depression: I felt like a zombie
Gwyneth Paltrow said that her husband Chris Martin helped her come to terms with her post-partum depression.
Paltrow made her comments in an interview during the premiere of the new Lifetime series, "The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet," telling the host, "I couldn't connect with my son the way that I had with my daughter and I couldn't understand why. I couldn't connect to anyone. I felt like a zombie. I felt very detached."
The 39-year-old Oscar winner and Martin, 35 welcomed their first child, a daughter named Apple, in May 2004. Their son Moses was born in April 2006.
"I just didn't know what was wrong with me. I couldn't figure it out. It never occurred to me," the actress continued. "My husband actually said, 'Something's wrong. I think you have postnatal depression.' I was mortified. 'No I don't!' And then I started researching what it was and the symptoms and I was like, 'Oh, yes I do.'"
"We think that it makes us bad mothers or we didn't do it right, but it's like, we're all in this together," Paltrow said. "I never understand why mothers judge other mothers, like, 'What do you mean you didn't breastfeed? What do you mean you didn't do this?' It's like, 'Can't we all just be on each other's side?' It's so hard anyway. Can't we all help each other get through it?"
Paltrow married Martin, the front man for the British band Coldplay, in December 2003. The couple met shortly after Paltrow's father, who she was very close to, died due to complications from oral cancer and pneumonia. Paltrow told Cadenet that she felt like she never needed a man before her father died because he was everything to her.
"The Conversation" premiered on Lifetime on April 26 and featured intimate celebrity interviews with Jane Fonda, Paltrow, Sarah Silverman and Zoe Saldana, hosted by British TV personality and photographer Amanda de Cadenet. Executive producer Demi Moore joined Cadenet at the series premiere earlier this month.
Paltrow recently finished filming "Thanks for Sharing" opposite Mark Ruffalo, Pink, Tim Robbins and Joely Richardson. The dramatic comedy follows a group of sex addicts who bond over their determination to recover from their addiction.
The actress is also set to reprise her "Iron Man" role as Pepper Potts in "Iron Man 3" and in the spinoff film "The Avengers," which is set for release on May 4, 2012.
Watch a preview for Gwyneth Paltrow's appearance on "The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet" below or the entire episode on Lifetime's website.