Diane Kruger is so in love with her new baby girl — but that doesn’t mean she felt like her life was empty before she became a mom.
The 42-year-old actress opened up about parenthood in a new interview with French magazine Madame Figaro, where she revealed that she was “fine without” children.
“For a long time, the desire for a child didn’t preoccupy me,” Kruger told the outlet. “I had my ways. I was fine without one. In short, I didn’t feel absolutely ready. Life ensured my daughter arrived at the right time. It was a surprise, and she is beautiful.”
PEOPLE confirmed on Nov. 2 that Kruger and her boyfriend Norman Reedus had welcomed their first child together. The Walking Dead actor is also dad to son Mingus Lucien, 19.
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The new mom also opened up to Madame Figaro about taking time off of work to be with her baby girl.
“I worked during my pregnancy and when I finally stopped, I felt serenity. I didn’t feel silly missing a role,” she said. “Today, only my daughter counts. Not sleeping for 24 hours doesn’t matter to me, traveling with suitcases and suitcases and more suitcases doesn’t bother me at all because for the moment, she is well.”
“I’ve chosen to give myself a break of six months to enjoy her,” the actress revealed.
Kruger also shared details about her dynamic with Reedus: “Today, I split my time between New York and Atlanta, where my lover performs in The Walking Dead, a zombie series that I didn’t watch before meeting him.”
Last month, Reedus joked to PEOPLE of their daughter’s latest milestone, “She’s kind of rolling all over the floor like a drunk. It’s kind of awesome. I just love it. … She’s really grounding and it’s a really beautiful thing that’s going on in my life right now, I have to say.”
While the couple are private about their little one — they haven’t revealed her name, and Kruger made an emotional appeal to her fans in January after photos of herself with her baby were leaked without her permission — the proud dad has offered tiny glimpses of the infant on his Instagram account.
Alongside his daughter’s first photo on social media (of him and his baby girl holding hands), Reedus wrote on Thanksgiving, “A lot to be thankful for this year. ❤️ this one especially.”
“Love u Diane Mingus Helena. Happy family,” the 50-year-old actor added, shouting out Kruger, his son and his ex Helena Christensen, who is Mingus’ mom.
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Kruger, meanwhile, has been hitting the gym since giving birth to her first child in the fall — and the new mom proudly displayed the results of her hard work last month.
“Am I showing off ? F— yeah. ’cause it’s been hard work to get my abs back,” the actress wrote on Instagram, sharing a photograph of herself in a bikini top and workout pants that put her toned midsection on display. “I didn’t think it was possible after having a baby. And certainly not at my age.”
Kruger thanked fitness influencer Hannah Bower for being her motivation — and while the Welcome to Marwen star didn’t seek help from a trainer, she has remained focused on her goal after her daughter’s birth.
“I don’t have a trainer, but I’ve been committed to getting my body back. For myself first … but also for my 👻 The female body is AMAZING,” she added.
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