Things are coming up roses — and diapers — for Katherine Heigl these days, and we’re glad to hear it.
Heigl gave birth to her baby boy, Joshua Bishop, in December 2016. The little guy has two big sisters: Heigl and her husband Josh Kelley adopted daughters Naleigh and Adelaide in 2009 and 2012, respectively.
Motherhood seems to suit Heigl, who grooves on sharing cute photos of her family on Instagram and posting on her lifestyle blog, Heavenly Days. (Katie, next time you start a lifestyle blog, maybe let us name it.) She’s also starring in a new legal drama, Doubt, on CBS that’s generating a good bit of positive buzz. All of this has us asking the most important question: Is it time to ditch the grudge that everyone’s been holding against her?
We can barely remember what Heigl-gate was all about. Totally kidding! We remember everything. Heigl infamously withdrew from the 2008 Emmy race because she didn’t think writer Shonda Rhimes’ material on Grey’s Anatomy was enough to “warrant an Emmy nomination.” Oof. (Again: Katie? Next time, CALL US BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING.)
Needless to say, Heigl’s stone-cold rejection of her Emmy nomination did not go over well with Rhimes or the rest of the Grey’s cast. (Cue a set full of Grumpy Cat faces.)
Oh, and then there was that other thing. You may recall that Heigl also made some less-than-flattering remarks to Vanity Fair about Judd Apatow’s film Knocked Up, calling it sexist and saying that the script “painted the women as shrews, humorless and uptight.” We kind of think that was a fair assessment, actually. But the statement sealed her reputation as a difficult actor in entertainment circles, and just like that — boom — Heigl found herself on the extreme outs with Hollywood. Like, extreme.
Heigl has said that she apologized directly to Rhimes for her Emmy comments and that she wished she had just kept her mouth shut. Understandably, all the drama, the blacklisting and the nasty comments took their toll on Heigl, who eventually started therapy to try to shake it off, Tay-Tay-style.
“I was not handling it well. I was feeling completely like the biggest piece of shit on the bottom of your shoe,” said Heigl. “I was really struggling with it and how to not take it all personally and not to feel that there’s something really deeply wrong with me.”
For the record? We think there should be a statute of limitations on everyone hating you because you said something dumb. She said what was on her mind, she said she was sorry and she cried a lot in therapy. If that’s not relatable, we don’t know what is. Therefore: We hereby declare this Forgive Katherine Heigl Day. You’re absolved, Katie. Mazel tov on the beautiful family, BTW.