Stephen M. Silverman
September 27, 2005 04:45 PM

Brooke Shields on Tuesday revisited her clash with Tom Cruise, discussing with Oprah Winfrey the issues of postpartum depression and how she faced them.

Shields also revealed that she wants to have another baby. “I do. I’ve always wanted more than one child,” she told Winfrey when asked about the idea of having more kids.

In May, Shields, 40, revealed that she suffered postpartum depression after the birth two years ago of her daughter Rowan Francis and was “drowning in a pool of suicidal thoughts.”

But it was Shields’s admission that she used antidepressants to deal with her problem that got her into a war of words with Cruise, who – while promoting his movie War of the Worlds – said of the actress: “I care about Brooke Shields because I think she is an incredibly talented women, (but) look at where has her career gone” and called her use of antidepressants “irresponsible.”

Of her decision to take medication, Shields told Winfrey Tuesday that it’s a personal choice every woman has to make. “This was one plan of action that worked. I feel good about the choices I made. These are choices I made in conjunction with my doctor.”

Cruise had also suggested that Shields could have dealt with her problem with “vitamins and exercise, (because) drugs are not the answer.”

Of Cruise’s advice, Shields said: “It’s what he believes, I guess.” However, she added: “I think exercise and vitamins are a very important part of a person’s life. I don’t think they would have helped me through my problems alone.”

As for Cruise, “I don’t know him personally,” said Shields, who recalled that he had a small role in the 1981film Endless Love in which she starred.

In an op-ed piece Shields wrote for The New York Times at the height of their debate last summer, she suggested that Cruise leave large issues such as postpartum depression to medical experts and that he instead should stick to defending the world from aliens. As Shields, breaking into a sheepish smile, told Winfrey: “His movie was premiering that week, and it just seemed like an appropriate response.”

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