Naomi Campbell, the legendary supermodel, has bravely shared her harrowing past experiences, shedding light on her tumultuous journey.
In an interview featured on Apple TV+’s docuseries, “The Super Models,” Naomi candidly confessed to her struggles with cocaine, emphasizing how it nearly cost her life.
During the interview, Naomi acknowledged that her addiction had served as a means of self-medication, an attempt to conceal the deep-seated grief and childhood traumas that haunted her.
She spoke passionately about the deceptive allure of addiction, recognizing it as a futile attempt to mend emotional wounds that ultimately led to overwhelming fear and anxiety. In her own words, she described addiction as a “bulls**t thing.”
One pivotal moment in Naomi’s life that exacerbated her addiction was the tragic loss of her close friend, fashion designer Gianni Versace, who was brutally murdered outside his Miami Beach home in 1997.
Naomi revealed how Gianni had a profound impact on her, as he constantly encouraged her to push her limits and exceed her own expectations. His untimely death left her grappling with an intensified sense of grief.
In the 1990s, Naomi Campbell battled her addiction for a grueling five years, attempting to bury her feelings of abandonment and pain beneath the veneer of drugs. She confessed to the futility of using substances as a shield, acknowledging the detrimental toll it had taken on her health and well-being. In her own words, she was “killing herself” with this destructive coping mechanism.
The turning point in Naomi’s life arrived when she collapsed during a photoshoot in 1999, prompting her to make the courageous decision to seek professional help. She admitted that checking into a rehabilitation center was one of the most crucial and transformative steps she had taken for herself at that time.