It can be easy to forget that celebrities are people too and that they have the same problems and insecurities as everyone else. In fact, it can be more difficult for them, given that they are constantly in the public eye and often can’t afford, or even be allowed, to show that sort of weakness lest it affect their drawing power with fans. But actress and model Cara Delevingne has decided to be different and has stepped forward by sharing her own personal demons.
On Twitter, Delevingne shared an emotional essay about her long struggle with depression and how it related to her modeling career, which, until recently, most people believed she had given up. “Can we just set the record straight… I never said I was quitting modeling [sic],” the British star began. She then proceeded into the heart of the issue, stating, “I suffer from depression and was a model during a particularly rough patch of self hatred … I am so lucky for the work I get to do but I used to work to try and escape and just ended up completely exhausting myself [sic].” The good news is that she ended things positively, saying, “I am focusing on filming and trying to learn how to not pick apart my every flaw. [sic]”
Delevingne also posted a pic on Instagram featuring inspirational words about how it makes so sense to keep crying over those who hurt you, equating it to how a person will eventually stop laughing when they’ve heard a specific joke enough times.
This Twitter essay follows Cara Delevingne’s return to the modeling industry after she was announced as the face of a new campaign for Yves Saint Laurent on March 30. Her long hiatus came after an August, 2015, interview with England’s The Times, in which she said she would cease doing fashion work due to the negative impact it was having on her health, both physically and mentally, and prioritizing her acting career instead.