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‘I was k!lling myself’ – Naomi Campbell opens up about her abuse of drugs and alcohol to cover up childhood trauma and grief

 Ex-supermodel, Naomi Campbell has opened up about her battle with drug and alcohol addiction in her early modelling days.The fashion icon, 53 opened up in the new documentary, The Super Models, claiming she started to abuse substances as a way to deal with the grief of being abandoned by her father as a child as well as the shocking death of her close friend and designer Gianni Versace.In the Apple TV+ docuseries, the runway icon opens up about her career path alongside fellow supermodels Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington.Naomi admitted that during the height of her fame she was slowly ‘killing’ herself early in her career due to the amount of drugs she took in the early 90s.’Grief has been a very strange thing in my life because it doesnt always [show],’ the mother-of-two explained. ”I go into a shock and freak out when it actually happens, and then later is when I break. But I kept the sadness inside, I just dealt with it.”The fashion world was rocked when famed designer Giovanni Maria ‘Gianni’ Versace was shot dead outside his Miami Beach home in 1997. Naomi had developed a close bond with the Italian fashion icon and was one of many who were heartbroken by the loss of his life.Speaking about the special place he held in her heart, Naomi explained: ‘[Late designer] Azzedine Alaa was my papa. With him, I learnt about chosen families. The same for Gianni Versace.”He was very sensitive to feeling me, like, he pushed me. How would push me to step outside and go further when I didnt think I had it within myself to do it. So, when he died, my grief became very bad.’She continued: ‘When I started using, that was one of the things I tried to cover up, was grief. Addiction is such a its just a bulls**t thing, it really is.”You think, Oh its gonna heal that wound”. It doesnt. It can cause such huge fear and anxiety. So I got really angry.”The British-born model famously collapsed at a 1999 photo shoot after five years of cocaine addiction. The scary moment prompted her to check into rehab in 1999.’When you try to cover something up, your feelings You spoke about abandonment. I tried to cover that with something. You cant cover it. I was killing myself. It was very hurtful.’ she saidShe also referenced her previous assault convictions, the first in February 2000, which saw her plead guilty in Toronto to assaulting her personal assistant with a mobile phone in September 1998. Several other employees and associates came forward with claims of abuse in 2006.”For my mistakes, Ive always owned up to them. I chose to go to rehab”, Naomi stated  ‘It was one of the best and only things I could have done for myself at that time. It is scary to pick up the mirror and look into the mirror. It is scary, and its taken me many years to work on and deal with.” she addedNaomi was born to Jamaican-born dancer Valerie Morris and has never met her father, who abandoned her mother when she was pregnant.  Theres a lot of issues that I have from childhood. Well, for instance, not knowing your father, not seeing your mother. That brings up a lot of it manifests a lot of feelings.’ she said’One of those feelings absolutely is anger. But I think thats a really normal thing. Ive not always displayed my anger at the appropriate time. Its always been an inappropriate time. But its a manifestation of a deeper issue, anger.’ ‘And that, for me, I think is based on insecurity, self-esteem and loneliness, and being abandonment. Thats where my core issues were abandonment and rejection.’That puts me in a real vulnerable space, and everyone thinks, Oh, Naomis a really tough girl and really strong. But thats what I want to appear to people to be like, because if I fear that I dont, theyre gonna just walk all over me if they really knew.’ she added The post ‘I was k!lling myself’ – Naomi Campbell opens up about her abuse of drugs and alcohol to cover up childhood trauma and grief appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog. Click Here to Visit Orignal Source of Article http://www.lindaikejisblog.com/2023/9/i-was-klling-myself-naomi-campbell-opens-up-about-her-abuse-of-drugs-and-alcohol-to-cover-up-childhood-trauma-and-grief-2.html

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