Cara Delevingne is opening up about the challenging series of events that inspired her to stay sober.
The actor covers Vogue’s April issue, which hits newsstands nationwide March 21, and gives readers a raw look into her spontaneous journey. She also addressed the paparazzi photos from last fall, leading fans to wonder if she’s going through a troubled time.
Speaking with Vogue writer Chioma Nnadi, Delevingne explained that the star was photographed last fall at the airport after attending Burning Man.
“I didn’t sleep. I wasn’t feeling well,” she said. “It’s heartbreaking because I thought I was having fun, but at some point it was like, Well, I’m not feeling well.”
The 30-year-old said the photos and fans’ concern for him motivated him to seek help.
“You know, sometimes you need a reality check, so in a way to be grateful for those photos,” she said.
Delevingne said she had been partying a bit before deciding to get sober in late 2022, adding that the pandemic left her depressed and “like I had no purpose.”
“Instead of taking the time to really learn or do something new, I was too wrapped up in misery, gluttony and partying. It was a really sad time,” she told Vogue.
Late last year, the model checked herself into rehab, and she says it was a turning point for her.
“I had a kind of intervention, but I wasn’t ready. That’s the problem. If you don’t lay face first on the floor and ready to get up again, you won’t get up. At that point … I did three Haven’t seen a therapist in years. I just pushed everyone away, which made me realize how bad a place I was,” she said.
The star has been on her sobriety journey for over four months and is committed to a 12-step program. She said she no longer wanted to follow a “quick fix” approach to treatment, such as brief retreats.
“This time, I realized that 12-step treatment was the best thing, and it was about not being ashamed of it. The community made a huge difference. The opposite of addiction is connection, and I really found myself in 12-step.” found,” she explained.
Delevingne said that she has been experiencing “ups and downs” since arriving.
“People want my story to be an after-school special where I just say, ‘Oh look, I was a junkie, and now I’m sober and that’s it.’ And it’s not that simple. It doesn’t happen overnight,” she said. “Of course, I want things to happen immediately. I think this generation especially us want things to happen quicker – but I have to dig deeper.