Gave birth to her 1st child at age 25, a son Kelyan Makélélé on February 2, 2005. Child's father is, her now ex-boyfriend, Claude Makélélé.
(May 9, 2010) Attempted suicide, by alcohol and drug overdose, at a park near to her home in Paris and was found unconscious by a man walking his dog.
Personal Quotes (6)
[on her suicide attempt] Last May, I did something really, really stupid. I had been living in New York and I moved back to Paris, to try again with the father of my son. It was a big change. I wasn't so healthy in Paris . . . I couldn't find a gym, and exercise is important to me because I am very hyper. I came straight from New York to living in Claude's house, and I really wanted it to work, and it didn't work out. He hurt me . . . so I decided . . . I don't know how to say this. It was like a bad, bad depression, a very deep depression. I felt really alone. It wasn't just like, "I'm here, don't ignore me". Nothing like that. I really thought I wanted . . . I decided to. After my . . . after I tried to kill myself, when I woke up, I finally realized: Claude is not the man for me. And I am not the woman for him. I am too independent and he is too independent also.
I was working really hard. I knew I was lucky to have this work. I come from a really poor family, and when I started doing campaigns it changed everything for my family. I am not complaining, I had a beautiful childhood - we didn't have a lot of money, but there was always food on the table, and my parents saved money so that in the holidays we would all get in the car and drive to the mountains. I have amazing parents. They had worked hard all their lives for me, and when I started to make money I wanted to be able to take care of them.
People say, "How could she do it, how could she try and kill herself, didn't she think about her son?" But they don't understand. I love my son so much. But I didn't think I was good enough, I thought I was poison. Poison for me and poison for him. When I was depressed I felt like I was poisoning his life by being in it. I thought he would be better with his dad and my mum to look after him. I didn't realize I was hurting anyone, until I woke up in the hospital and saw my mum crying.
My son is living with me and he sees his dad a lot and he is happy, and he is doing really well at school. He is bilingual, and he is learning horse riding and Spanish. Everything is normal. I eat normally now. I used to be a bit crazy about what I ate, but now I eat what I want to eat. A croissant for breakfast, pasta for lunch, in the evening fish and salad.
[on her new boyfriend - a doctor] I met him through a friend. The normal way! Not in a club. [He is] a Jewish doctor who doesn't care about money. It is really different for me, because I love money, because I grew up with none, and because I have been supporting myself and my family since I was 17. But my boyfriend, he doesn't even have a big watch.
[on her refound faith] I think if you don't trust in yourself, it helps to trust in something else.