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Cara Delevingne Talks Mental Health Struggles And Receiving A Reality Check

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By Afouda Bamidele on March 9, 2023 at 3:30 PM EST

Cara Delevingne is out here keeping it real about her struggles with mental health!

Known for her successful modeling career and her roles in movies such as "Suicide Squad" and "Paper Towns," the 30-year-old has faced challenges that have affected her mental health. However, after a tumultuous 2022, she is finally dishing on details about her experience.

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Cara Delevingne Opens Up About Her Mental Health Struggles And Sobriety 

The 30-year-old recently spoke out about her struggles and the reality check she received that changed her perspective on life. Despite her fame and success, she went through a tough time and revealed that she almost did not make it out.

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Cara Delevingne at the 75th Anniversary red carpet at the Cannes film festival
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In an interview with Vogue Magazine for April's cover, she opened up about her decision to seek treatment at a rehabilitation center after confronting distressing images of her erratic behavior. The experience was a stark reminder of her ongoing struggle with an existential crisis and a cycle of unhappiness and excessive partying.

The model shared that she had not been prepared to confront her inner struggles previously till she found herself in a difficult situation. The actress expressed her deep shame and embarrassment over the paparazzi photos, which served as a powerful wake-up call to confront her substance and alcohol abuse, which had long promised an escape from deeper personal issues she had been avoiding. 

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When the photos were taken, she had just returned from Burning Man and was en route to a work engagement. She recalled, "I hadn't slept. I was not okay. It's heartbreaking because I thought I was having fun, but at some point, it was like, 'Okay, I don't look well.'" She further stated, "You know, sometimes you need a reality check, so in a way, those pictures were something to be grateful for."

She also opened up about her struggle to form deep connections with others, admitting that she would often hold back her emotions for fear of burdening others, confessing, "If you ask any of my friends, they would say they'd never seen me cry."

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The "Pan" guest star revealed that she realized she could not do it alone and started reaching out to her childhood friends, who promptly responded. The "Suicide Squad" star disclosed, "I've had interventions of a sort, but I wasn't ready. That's the problem." 

Referring to her turning point, she stated that she was ready and recognized the need for professional help, so she admitted herself to a rehabilitation center. She said:

"I hadn't seen a therapist in three years. I just kind of pushed everyone away, which made me realize how much I was in a bad place."

Cara Delevingne at the 2021 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York City
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Delevingne admitted that she used to believe that one should only focus on self-improvement during difficult times. But she understood now that personal growth should be a continuous effort, even during good times, and that although complete healing might not be possible, accepting this fact is crucial for progress.

She also pointed out her habit of wanting quick fixes like attending a week-long retreat or trauma course, which only relieved her temporarily. This then brought her to commit to the 12-step program, which she felt was the best solution for her. 

'Life in a Year' Star Talks Struggles With Openness About Sexual Preference

The "Tulip Fever" actress's new documentary "Planet Sex" featured her speaking candidly about her journey and the challenges she faced growing up as a queer individual, even sharing that she had been "suicidal" at times. The Blast noted that the star disclosed that she even provided her blood sample to aid scientists in their research.

Speaking to BBC, in the second episode of the documentary "Out and Proud?," Delevingne talked about her difficulty in openly expressing her love for women, stating, "Despite being queer, I haven't had the opportunity to fully embrace a queer lifestyle." She added:

"I'm on a very personal journey into my sexuality. You may or may not know I have had relationships with both men and women, but I still struggle with being open about how much I love women."

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The documentary saw her traveling to various locations worldwide to converse with experts and advocates about topics related to attraction and sexuality. And regarding where she stands, she described herself as "queer," explaining that it provided her with a sense of flexibility and liberation and that it did not place undue pressure on her self-definition.

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