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Though her social media accounts are filled to the brim with funny faces, photos of friends and behind-the-scenes shots from her vast career — from dominating the fashion world to her current pursuit of acting — Cara Delevingne has revealed that all is not as it seems.
The 23-year-old bravely opened up about her ongoing battle with depression during this year’s Women in the World Summit, where she was interviewed by actor Rupert Everett. Suited up in Saint Laurent, the nervous actress (“I had to take my shoes off because I’m bloody scared”) revealed that fame, success and all of the accompanying perks of celebrity don’t always add up to happiness.
After leading with a poem she wrote during a dark return to her depression just last year, Delevingne opened up about her adolescence, in which, at 15, she began to feel the disease’s effects. “I pushed myself so far — it got to the point where I had a bit of a mental breakdown,” she said. “I got to the point where I went a bit mad. I was completely suicidal. I didn’t want to live anymore. I thought that I was completely alone.”
The taxing life of a full-time model surrounded by hounding handlers led to psoriasis breakouts and exhaustion, which she struggled to counteract by taking up yoga and writing. She then went on to discuss life in the entertainment industry — the ups and the downs — but ultimately noted that she wanted to bring the struggles of mental illness to light.
Delevingne previously had divulged some of her childhood struggles in her candid interview with Vogue earlier this summer. However, many of her revelations were overshadowed by the outcry from LGBT-rights groups, who took issue with the author’s reference to Delevingne’s bisexuality as a “phase.”
Watch the full interview below.
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