In spite of all their fame and fortune, celebrities struggle in the wake of a break up just like the rest of us do. But for some stars, the aftermath of a difficult divorce is compounded by feelings of depression.
Click through the slides below to see five A-list celebrities who admitted to feeling depressed post-split. Then, tell us about your struggles in the comments.
In an interview in the October 2012 issue of <a href="http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/who/article/-/15016274/nicole-kidman-stars-as-who-turns-20/">Australia's <em>WHO</em> magazine</a>, Nicole Kidman opened up about life after her <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,622391,00.html">2001 divorce</a> from Tom Cruise, which she described as <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20635624,00.html">"the loneliest, loneliest existence."</a> She added: "I married [Tom] really fast and really young, but I don't regret that because it got me Bella and Connor, and I did have a fantastic marriage for a long period. Then when it didn't work out, I had to really dig deep and find my way through depression, but I have no regrets about all of it. It was all a part of growing up."
After seven years of marriage, Reese Witherspoon<a href="http://www.tmz.com/2006/11/08/reese-files-divorce-petition/"> filed to divorce</a> Ryan Phillippe in November 2006. After the split, Phillippe admitted that he <a href="http://www.independent.ie/health/health-advice/celebrity-health-ryan-phillippe-1291728.html">struggled with depression.</a> In a <a href="http://www.wmagazine.com/celebrities/2008/03/ryan_phillippe?currentPage=1">2008 interview with <em>W</em> magazine</a>, he described the period as "the darkest, saddest place I had ever been." "It was a struggle--there were a good four or five months of not being able to get out of bed. It was the worst time in my life," he said. "You get through it. It's a process that's not easy, but I get less and less sad about it every day."
In 2010, Emma Thompson <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rl498">told BBC Radio</a> that <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/celebritynews/7529899/Emma-Thompson-reveals-how-she-was-caught-up-in-a-love-triangle-with-Kate-Winslet.html">following her divorce</a> from actor and "Thor" director Kenneth Branagh in 1995, she dealt with a <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/mar/28/emma-thompson-kenneth-branagh">"very rough" period</a>. "I don't think I did stay sane," <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rl498">she told host Kirsty Young</a>. "I should have sought professional help. Divorce. Ghastly, painful business."
In a 2007 interview with <em>Parade</em> magazine, Halle Berry admitted to being so distraught after her <a href="http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20141276,00.html">1996 split from baseball player David Justice</a> that she <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2007-03-30/news/0703290817_1_gabriel-aubry-eric-benet-halle-berry">contemplated suicide</a>. "I was sitting in my car, and I knew the gas was coming when I had an image of my mother finding me," she told <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2007-03-30/news/0703290817_1_gabriel-aubry-eric-benet-halle-berry">the magazine</a>. But Berry reportedly claimed that <em>Parade</em> <a href="http://gawker.com/250788/halle-berry-angry-at-parade-for-printing-suicide-story-she-cant-shut-up-about">"sensationalized some old material"</a> about her suicide attempt, noting that the information was actually pulled from earlier interviews with Larry King and Oprah. (<em>Parade</em> <a href="http://www.hollywood.com/news/Magazine_Bosses_Fire_Back_at_Berry_over_Suicide_Story/3678618">denied the accusation</a>.)
Amid <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/feb/08/ethan-hawke-interview">rumors of Ethan Hawke's philandering</a>, Uma Thurman <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1212898,00.html">filed for divorce</a> from the "Training Day" actor in 2004 after six years of marriage. In a sit-down <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1115532,00.html">interview with Oprah</a> in 2005, she called the break up "excruciating." A year later, she elaborated on the pain she felt in the wake of the split: "My professional life was soaring, but my private life was in ruins," <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CB8QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.contactmusic.com%2Fnews%2Fthurman-confesses-to-depression_1001726&ei=6hpuUP_dL6aAiwKahYDQCg&usg=AFQjCNHT_TAO9jnYIo6o8nButGxFa5JT7g">Contact Music quoted Thurman as saying</a>. "For many years, I lived in a kind of self-loathing where I never gave myself much credit for anything I accomplished."
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