In a recent interview with Times Of India, Bollywood actress Ileana D’Cruz opened up about her life-changing journey into motherhood, shedding light on her experiences with navigating postpartum depression and expressing gratitude for the support provided by her partner, Michael Dolan.
The Barfi actress, who surprised her fans with a pregnancy announcement last year, has been sharing glimpses of her motherhood journey, from the joyous moments of her baby shower to the challenges of mood swings and midnight cravings.
Ileana revealed that her 2023 was entirely dedicated to her pregnancy and relocating to the US, where she encountered some complications that led her doctors to advise taking it slow. Despite initially planning to continue working during her pregnancy, she realized the importance of prioritizing her health and resting.
Navigating Postpartum Depression And Keeping the Relationship Under Wraps:
Ileana didn’t shy away from addressing the realities of postpartum depression, emphasizing that it’s an undeniable and intense experience that catches new mothers off guard. Grateful for her team of doctors, her mother, and her partner, Michael Dolan, she acknowledged their unwavering support during this challenging phase.
The actress expressed how topics like “mom guilt” resonate deeply, recounting a poignant moment when she felt emotional about missing her son even though he was in the next room. She admitted that she is still navigating through postpartum emotions and appreciates Michael’s understanding and support.
While Ileana has been vocal about her pregnancy, she has kept details about her relationship with Michael Dolan relatively private. Despite revealing her partner during her pregnancy, she has maintained a level of mystery surrounding her personal life.
Responding to speculations about her marriage in May 2023, Ileana mentioned her preference for maintaining a bit of mystery and deciding how much she wants to share about this aspect of her life.
Reflecting on past experiences where she spoke about her previous relationship, Ileana expressed discomfort with people making inappropriate comments about her partner and family. She emphasized her ability to handle criticism directed at her but drew a line when it came to her loved ones.
Praise for Partner Michael Dolan:
Ileana couldn’t help but gush about her partner, Michael Dolan, whom she described as “absolutely lovely.” Highlighting his unwavering support and consistency since the day they met, she shared that Michael has visited India four times and finds Mumbai intriguing, likening it to New York.
Ileana expressed her admiration for Michael’s genuine interest in her work, noting that he remembers the lyrics of her projects even better than she does.
Looking ahead, Ileana expressed hope for her upcoming projects to be released this year, expressing a desire to be in India for promotions alongside her son, Koa, and partner Michael. She eagerly anticipates returning to the film set with Koa by her side.
In this candid interview, Ileana D’Cruz provided a heartfelt glimpse into the multifaceted aspects of her life, from the joys of motherhood to the complexities of postpartum emotions, all while maintaining a balance of privacy and openness about her personal relationships.