Naomi Campbell admits she struggles with self-care: ‘Personally I have to fight for my peace of mind’
Naomi Campbell gets candid about her self-care journey and opens up the cut about how her recovery from drug and alcohol abuse has set her on a path of overall self-improvement.
“I’m recovering. I’m very proud of it,” the 51-year-old told the publication, acknowledging the work she’s been doing on herself since she first entered rehab just over two decades ago. . “Personally, I have to fight for my peace of mind. I first learned that in 1999. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done, to finally have the courage to say to people who have benefited from me, ‘I’m sorry me really. I have to take the time to take care of myself’, without any fear of what I would lose or what I would miss.”
Campbell has been open about her struggles with substance abuse in the past, telling: Diane Sawyer of ABC News in 2004 that her addiction to cocaine was fairly easy to sustain due to her modeling lifestyle. “I lived this life of traveling the world and having people who just give you everything,” she said at the time, explaining that her behavior ultimately negatively impacted her personality. “You get irascible… Your little charm goes away. The little glow in your face goes.”
In the years since he first entered rehab, Campbell has worked on both nurturing relationships and creating new ones, both within and outside the industry. But the most important relationship she has developed during this time is with herself.
“I no longer have a problem looking at myself in the mirror and facing it and owning who I am,” she said. She also hinted at gaining an understanding of how to use her influence appropriately. “When I was younger, I didn’t always use it properly. It takes growth.”
And while Campbell can admit she abused her platform earlier in her career, she praised those who learned to use their celebrity to speak out on important issues — namely mental health — such as Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles.
“I know it must have been so hard for these young ladies to finally come out and say, ‘Enough.’ God knows there are people in the past who have suffered and have not come out of it,” she said. “Everyone just expects them to be perfect and to be good every time. I just have all the credit and respect, and I’m impressed that they had the courage to do the right thing, to take care of themselves.”
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