Brooke Shields has had the most glamorous Hollywood career of all time. Being constantly under the spotlight for her acting and modeling career, Shields drew enough attention from her audience. Becoming one of the favorite personalities of fans, the 57-year-old opened up about her struggles with postpartum depression. However, despite her brave revelation Shields was slammed by her co-star Tom Cruise. 

Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields

Starring in 1981 Endless Love, Brooke Shields and Tom Cruise became good friends over co-stars. Nevertheless, the friendship soon turned sour after Shields faced major pushback from Cruise, regarding her depression. Although Shields was widely praised for openly sharing her combat, her co-star had different opinions and therefore ended up ranting and ridiculing the actress. 

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Tom Cruise Ridiculed Brooke Shields’ Battle With Depression

After giving birth to her first daughter Rowan Francis Henchy in 2003, Brooke Shields released her mémoire Down Came The Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression. Shields recalled her struggles with not feeling any “motherly instinct” after giving birth and touched upon the seldom-discussed issue.

Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields with her daughters

Documenting her journey through the process of getting help and medication to deal with postpartum depression, the actress battled her issue. Despite being widely praised for her candid revelation, the 57-year-old was openly ridiculed by her Endless Love (1981) co-star Tom Cruise.

Having different opinions, Cruise called her dependency on medication, “Ridiculous and Dangerous”. Being a part of Scientology, a religion often known to reject drug-altering medications, Tom Cruise slammed the actress with his conservative opinions.

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise ridiculed Shields’ battle with depression

Beginning with, “I’ve never agreed with psychiatry, ever.” Cruise went on to ridicule Shields for losing her career due to her dependency on medications. “I care about Brooke Shields because I think she is an incredibly talented woman, (but) look at where her career has gone.” Cruise blurted. Expressing his care for Brooke Shields, Tom Cruise called the actress naive about psychiatry. 

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The Aftermath Of Tom Cruise’s Rant

Openly ridiculing Brooke Shields in an interview, Tom Cruise stated, “The thing that I’m saying about Brooke is that there’s misinformation, okay. She doesn’t understand the history of psychiatry.” Feeling disrespected by Cruise’s conservative opinions, Shields addressed them and stated, “After Tom Cruise’s interview…I feel compelled to speak not just for myself, but also for the hundreds of thousands of women who have suffered from postpartum depression.”

Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields addressed Tom Cruise’s opinions

Calling Cruise’s interview a “ridiculous rant”, Shields openly slammed the actor stating, “Comments like those made by Tom Cruise are a disservice to mothers everywhere.

To suggest that I was wrong to take drugs to deal with my depression and that instead I should have taken vitamins and exercised shows an utter lack of understanding about postpartum depression and childbirth in general”. Brooke Shields stated. 

Getting a lot of pushback after Shields addressed his opinions, Tom Cruise was bound to apologize. Thus, making a surprise visit to Shields’ house, Cruise apologized for his statements. “He came over to my house, and he gave me a heartfelt apology, and he apologized for bringing me into the whole thing,” Shields mentioned.

Brooke Shields
Shields shut down Cruise’s conservative opinions

She further added, “I didn’t feel at any time that I had to defend myself, nor did I feel that he was trying to convince me of anything other than the fact that he was deeply sorry. And I accepted it.” 

Tom Cruise’s representatives later confirmed Shields and Cruise healthily mended their friendship, through apology and heartfelt conversations. 

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Source: OK Magazine 

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