Alicia Vikander has revealed for the first time that she suffered an "extreme, painful" miscarriage several years ago.
"We have a child now, but it took us time," she said. "I tried to get pregnant for a while. So I had tough times during lockdown [amid the coronavirus pandemic]. I struggled for a while. … For a while I didn't think that I could get pregnant."
Alicia, who leads a notoriously private life, wasn't sure if she ever wanted to publicly share her experience, but she ultimately decided it was too "universal" to keep hidden.
"I kind of stopped and thought, 'Am I going to talk about this?'" the Oscar-winning actress said. "But so many women go through similar things."
Interestingly, fiction and reality became somewhat linked in Alicia life, as she plays a pop star who performs immediately after miscarrying in the HBO miniseries "Irma Vep."
"Sometimes you go through things that are tough in life, and if you have an office job you can step away for a bit," she said. "But there are times [they] have been through something and, well, I can't understand how they went on to the red carpet afterwards."
She added, "To be met by people asking, 'How are you doing?' Given what they had just been through? Most people would not be able to step out of their house."
Alicia and Michael, who married in 2017, confirmed that they quietly welcomed a child in 2021. The couple has not publicly revealed the baby's name or gender, but several media outlets have claimed it's a boy.