Brooke Shields Strikes Back at Tom Cruise

Posted on May 31, 2005

He's not a doctor, nor does he play one on TV. But that didn't stop "Dr." Tom Cruise from offering medical advice to Brooke Shields. Now, The Sunday Times reports on Brooke's reaction to Tom's comments that she should have just taken some vitamins to get over her severe postpartum depression, instead of using "mind-altering drugs" aka the prescription antidepressant Paxil. Let's just say that she was less than thrilled with his advice -- not to mention his catty comments that the new mom's career is going nowhere. And who could blame her?

Until Cruise took a swipe at her, she had been under the impression her career was going well. "Tom Cruise's comments are irresponsible and dangerous," Shields said in London last week. "Tom should stick to saving the world from aliens and let women who are experiencing postpartum depression decide what treatment options are best for them."

Shields was referring to Cruise's new sci-fi film, but she might have equally been thinking of Scientology, his religion, one aspect of which teaches that Xenu, an extraterrestrial, brought aliens to earth and exterminated them with hydrogen bombs but their souls stuck to the bodies of humans.

Brooke is now appearing in the musical Chicago in London, she has a new book out, her two-year-old daughter Rowan seems quite happy, and she hasn't physically attacked Oprah Winfrey lately. Sounds like her career is doing just fine to us.

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