In an interview with Vogue tells Cara Delevingne about her new sober life – and about the paparazzi photos that led to the awakening she needed to get there.
It was last September that the model and actress Cara Delevingne was caught on camera while she was at an airport in Los Angeles. The jerky and incoherent movement pattern she displayed then worried many of her fans as they suspected that the underlying cause was drug abuse.
“Sometimes you need a reality check”
When Delevingne is interviewed in Vogue she says that she had come straight from the Burning Man festival at the time the photos were taken – and that the photos were an awakening for her, even if she was ashamed when she saw them:
“I hadn’t slept. I wasn’t okay. It breaks my heart because I thought I was having fun, but at a certain point I was like, okay, I don’t look good. Sometimes you need a reality check, so in a way those pictures were something to be thankful for.”
Delevingne’s friends rallied to help her deal with her addiction. In the interview, the model says that in the beginning it was not easy for her to accept the help of her friends, but that she soon realized that she needed their support.
“My old friends that I’ve known since I was thirteen came to my house and we started crying. They looked at me and said, ‘You deserve a chance at happiness,’” she says.
Checked into rehab
In late 2022, Delevingne checked into rehab. Today, she has been sober for four months, goes to therapy, and undergoes Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12-step program. However, this does not mean that the fight is over:
“Obviously the process has its ups and downs, but I’ve started to realize so many things,” she says. “People want my story to be so perfect that I just say, ‘I was an addict, and now I’m sober and that’s it.’ It’s not that simple. It doesn’t happen overnight… of course I want things to happen immediately – I think this generation in particular wants things to happen quickly – but I’ve had to go deeper than that.”