Keira Knightley showed off her impressive post-baby weight loss in the September 2015 issue of Elle magazine, where she revealed she named her daughter Edie. Keira said pregnancy and childbirth dramatically boosted her body image and self-confidence.
“As a woman, you hate certain parts of your body,” said Knightley told Elle Aug. 11. “You go through those periods where you look in the mirror and think, ‘If only I had different legs or arms or whatever.’ You go through pregnancy and labor and feeding the kid and you go, ‘Wow, my body is totally amazing, and I’m never going to not like it again because it did this, and this is f—ing extraordinary.’ ”
Keira, who’s skinny and has a tiny waist again after giving birth to daughter Edie in May, said the love she feels for her baby is incredible. “The love thing is astonishing,” said Knightley, who’s married to musician James Righton. “It’s a very primal, primal love. That’s quite extraordinary.”
Knightley said celebrating her 30th birthday (in March) while pregnant was no fun because she wasn’t allowed to drink alcohol, but she had a blast anyway. “I was heavily pregnant, I couldn’t drink,” Keira recalled.
“What is the point of having a thirtieth birthday if I couldn’t get phenomenally drunk? But my husband took over, arranged a lovely lunch at one of my favorite restaurants, 20 of us, and they were all being so sweet.”
Mom, Grandmom and Great-Grandmom All Battled Anorexia
The slender Keira has been accused of battling the eating disorder anorexia for years. While Knightley has denied the anorexia speculation, she admitted the constant eating-disorder speculation made her insecure about her looks. Keira has a family history of anorexia, and said her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother all suffered from anorexia.
“The anorexic stuff is always going to have an impact, so I think it did hit pretty hard,” Knightley told Allure. “I knew I wasn’t anorexic, but [it made me think] maybe my body is somehow not right. Or my face is not right. You just kind of want to hide.”
The 5-foot-7 Keira reportedly maintains her waif-like physique with a portion-controlled diet and Pilates workouts. Unlike other Hollywood starlets, Knightley has no interest in capitalizing on her good looks by doing gratuitous nude scenes.
“I’m quite rigorous about what gets exposed,” said Keira. “No bottom half! I don’t mind exposing my t*ts because they’re so small. People really aren’t that interested!”
Knightley is happy with her career and has outgrown her obsessive need to please others now that she’s older, wiser and a mom. “It took me a lot of years to try and stop pleasing a lot of people and allow myself to have fun,” Keira said. “All of those ‘shoulds,’ you can drown in them.”