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Mayor de Blasio is lashing out at the city's tabloid newspapers for their coverage of an interview in which the mayor's wife, Chirlane McCray, talked about her struggles with motherhood. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.

"I love my wife very deeply. She is an extraordinary mother. She always has been. She very much wanted to have children," Mayor de Blasio said Monday.

This is not something New Yorkers normally hear from City Hall: a robust defense from the mayor about his wife's role as a mother. The first lady, Chirlane McCray, had come under fire, however, for comments she made about her motherhood in an interview with New York Magazine. The cover story—which the mayor took no issue with—led to strong headlines in the city's tabloids.

"I was a bad mom," the New York Post wrote; "Didn't want to be a mom," the Daily News said.

"I think a lot of women are offended. A lot of hardworking women in this city are offended. I think both the Post and the News owe Chirlane an apology. I think they owe all of us an apology for absolutely misrepresenting what she said and for caricaturing a reality that I think so many women face," the mayor said.

In the magazine piece, McCray speaks candidly about how the transition to motherhood was challenging after her first child, Chiara, was born.

"Especially with Chiara—will we feel guilt forever more? Of course, yes. But the truth is, I could not spend every day with her. I didn’t want to do that. I looked for all kinds of reason not to do it," she said.

Chiara has spoken and written about her fight against substance abuse and depression.

Earlier this year she joined her parents near Washington, D.C. to receive an award from the Secretary of Health and Human Services being open about her struggles.

"I'm in awe of her," McCray said.

The New York Post story seemed to be making a link between McCray's mothering and her daughter's abuse of alcohol and marijuana.

So far, the first lady seems content to let her husband take the lead on this issue. She has not spoken out directly about the coverage of her interview.

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