05/02/2006 at 07:00 AM EDT
April 18 is a day that will go down in irony – as even Brooke Shields is noting.
Both Shields and Katie Holmes – the fiancée of Shields's one-time debating opponent Tom Cruise – not only had babies on that day two weeks ago, but the infants were delivered in the very same Los Angeles hospital. And they were both girls.
"You know, the irony is perfect," Shields, 40, tells TV's Access Hollywood. "The world works in an interesting way, but we (were) both pretty busy that day."
Asked if she might have had any confrontations with Cruise in the maternity ward, Shields replied: "No. God, no, and it's a gift having kids, you know, so it's a beautiful thing rather than anything else."
Shields gave birth to her daughter, Grier, while Cruise and Holmes welcomed their daughter, Suri. As for the location being the same, Shields says: "Yeah, rumor has it. Again, I was pretty distracted."
Last summer during a Today show interview, Cruise lashed out at Shields’s use of antidepressants to get over her postpartum depression. Shields wrote a memoir, Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression, in which she detailed her experience after the birth of daughter Rowan, who turns 3 this month, her first child with TV producer-husband Chris Henchy.
Cruise, espousing tenets promoted by his Church of Scientology, insisted that postpartum depression could be treated with exercise and vitamins rather than drugs.
In a rebuttal that appeared in an op-ed piece in The New York Times, Shields dismissed Cruise's outburst as a "ridiculous rant" and "a disservice to mothers everywhere." She also wrote, "I'm going to take a wild guess and say that Mr. Cruise has never suffered from postpartum depression."