How did the feud start?
Shields described her post-childbirth depression and experiences in her bookDown Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression.
Apparently Shields said she considered swallowing a bottle of pills or jumping out the window at the lowest point of her depression following the birth of her daughter in 2003. Experts said it could have been a plunge in her estrogen and progesterone levels. According to USA today she was prescribed the antidepressant Paxil.
“You don’t know the history of psychiatry. I do,”
Cruise told Matt Lauer.
Tom Cruise apparently told Access Hollywood that is was “irresponsible” for Brooke Shields to say antidepressants helped cure her. “When someone says medication has helped them, it is to cope, it didn’t cure anything. There is no science. There is nothing that can cure them whatsoever,” Tom said.
It was this that angered a lot of people and caused Brooke Shields to fires back.