Actress Keira Knightley admitted she struggled to cope with her rise to fame, claiming she had a mental breakdown at the age of 22. The 33-year-old took a one year break from acting after having appeared in ‘Love Actually’, and ‘Bend It Like Beckham’, however she was still struggling with all the media attention.
Keira told a Hollywood Reporter podcast she felt like she was ‘worthless’. She said:
It’s amazing looking back at it from the outside – you’re like, “Woah, that was hit after hit after hit!” But, from the inside, all you’re hearing is the criticism, really.
In her contribution to Feminists Don’t Wear Pink And Other Lies, a collection of feminist essays, she criticized Kate Middleton for appearing in heels and makeup just a few hours after Charlotte was born.
She accused the Duchess of Cambridge of hiding the ‘bloody, screaming’ reality of giving birth, by posing for photos just hours after giving birth.
About her rise to fame, she said getting out of the house created ‘a sense of battle’, by constantly being followed by the paparazzi. She admitted she felt like she ‘didn’t exist’, and ‘was this weird creature with this weird face that people seemed to respond to in quite an extreme way.’
If you [female stars] weren’t breaking down in front of them, then it was worth their while to make you break down in front of them … so suddenly there was a level of violence, it felt, in the air. That is not a thing that anybody would react to well.
Admitting she had a mental breakdown, the actress said:
I did have a mental breakdown at 22, so I did take a year off there and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder because of all of that.
In her contribution to Feminists Don’t Wear Pink And Other Lies, a collection of feminist essays, she criticized Kate Middleton for appearing in heels and makeup just a few hours after Charlotte was born. She also has written a graphic account of giving birth to her daughter, Edie.
Talking about the time when she gave birth, she said:
I don’t wash for a month. Can’t get dressed. The hormones rage. I’m buffeted by silent storms more terrible than the battleground.
Reportedly, Kate has suffered hyperemesis gravidarum, severe morning sickness, when she was pregnant with all of her children. Just a few hours after having give birth to Charlotte, Kate was seen in a buttercup print dress and nude court shoes outside St Mary’s Hospital in London alongside Prince William, posing for pictures.
Knightly talked about seeing the Duchess on TV, saying:
She was out of hospital… hours later with her face made up and high heels on. The face the world wants to see.
This stuff is easy. It happens every day. What’s the big deal? So does death, you s***heads, but you don’t have to pretend that’s easy.
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