Katherine Heigl - Katherine Heigl: Daughter's Rejection Was Heart-breaking

Katherine Heigl admits her adopted daughter initially rejected her.

The former 'Grey's Anatomy' star - who adopted Naleigh from South Korea in 2009 with husband Josh Kelley - says she felt like a ''bad mother'' when she failed to bond with her little one.

She said: ''I fought incredibly hard for my daughter to accept me as mother. Her rejection almost broke my heart.

''At first I blamed myself and thought I was a bad mother. It took a while before I could admit to myself that the lack of trust had nothing to do with me.''

To make matters worse, Josh was quick to form a relationship with the 10-month-old. She admitted: ''I wasn't exactly jealous, but I was a little bit envious.''

To cope with the pain, the 33-year-old actress threw herself in to work, but soon understood her absence was only making matters worse.

She said: ''When I realised that, I immediately cut back on work.''

With more time to spend together, the bond gradually developed and Katherine carved out a parental identity of her own.

In an interview with German magazine Bild am Sonntag, she explained: ''I'm the cuddler. I'm the one she comes to if she's hurt. And I have a ritual for putting her to bed. She has one blankie that goes over her, one that goes by her face, and one that she holds. It's our little thing.''


Tags: Katherine Heigl - Bond - Josh Kelley


More Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl's Charitable Foundation Profits From Dropped Duane Reade Lawsuit

Katherine Heigl has dropped her lawsuit against drug store giant Duane Reade. The suit was filed in April but Heigl dropped the suit on Wednesday...

Katherine Heigl Forced To Address Rumors That She Is "Difficult" To Work With

In a very awkward moment, Katherine Heigl was forced to address speculation that she is a difficult actress to work with.The 35 year-old actress previously...

The Death Of The Comedy Block: NBC Announces Fall Prime Time Schedule

NBC just unveiled it’s fall TV schedule, announcing a big change. The network is scaling back its long-running Thursday comedy. Instead, the network is putting...

'Constantine', 'Gotham', 'Agent Carter', Our Picks From Next Season's Line-Up

It’s that time of the year again, when the networks choose which shows will make up our viewing schedules for the foreseeable future. This year...


Katherine Heigl Returning To Television, But Why Does She Have One Of Hollywood's Worst Reputations?

Katherine Heigl is returning to the small screen, as NBC has announced it is picking up her new drama, ‘State of Affairs’ for a full...

The $6 Million Tweet: Katherine Heigl Vs. Duane Reade Pharmacy

It’s not exactly a secret that Katherine Heigl doesn’t have the best reputation in Hollywood. With rumors of her diva-ish antics on set, her once...

Is Katherine Heigl's Lawsuit The Most Bizarrely Written Thing in History?

Katherine Heigl has been criticised by the British journalist turned chat show host Piers Morgan for suing pharmacy Duane Reade for $6 million after it...

Katherine Heigl Suing Duane Reade For $6 Million Over Unauthorized Photo

This is why you don’t use people’s faces without their permission – star of every romantic comedy ever Katherine Heigl is suing drugstore chain Duane...



Katherine Heigl Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Katherine Heigl

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All