French actress Juliette Binoche burst into tears during an interview when she revealed her father is sick.

The Chocolat star is notoriously private and usually refuses to discuss personal matters, but she could not control her emotions when discussing her family.

She revealed that she has always had "a strong feeling of abandonment" after her parents, father Jean-Marie and mother Monique Stalens, divorced when she was aged four and she was later sent to a boarding school as a teenager.

Despite her relationship with her parents being difficult, Binoche burst into tears when confessing to British newspaper The Times about her father's health.

She says, "My ambition is for my father to die in a tranquil path. That he feels happy with himself, and happy to go. That is a big challenge, I think... he's not well."