Cara Delevingne’s sister Chloe recently said that she didn’t know the Paper Towns actress had a serious case of depression to the point of being suicidal. Nonetheless, she told the Daily Mail that she’s proud of her sister’s accomplishments.
“To be honest, I hadn’t been fully aware of some of what she had been through because I wasn’t living at home during that phase of her life. But I have travelled with her in the past, and I know how hard she works. And I can say that she has grown up wonderfully and is in a very good place now.”
Chloe likewise said that she remains incredibly close with Cara as well as their other sister, Poppy. While Chloe chooses to stay away from the limelight, she knows that her sisters respect her decision to become a mother.
Cara was diagnosed with depression at the early age of 15. During the Women in the World Summit, the renowned model opened up that she reached a point where she “went a bit mad” and was “completely suicidal.”
At the same event, Sugarscape reports that she read a poem penned during one of the darkest phases of her life.
“Who am I? Who am I trying to be? Not myself, anyone but myself. Living in a fantasy to bury the reality, Making myself the mystery, A strong facade disguising the misery. Empty, but beyond the point of emptiness, Full to brim with fake confidence, A guard that will never be broken, Because I broke a long time ago. I’m hurting but don’t tell anyone. No one needs to know. Don’t show or you’ve failed.”
The poem went on to divulge her need to continue what she was doing.
“Always okay, always fine, always on show. The show must go on. It will never stop. The show must not go on, But I know it will. I give up. I give up giving up. I am lost. I don’t need to be saved, I need to be found.”
The Victoria’s Secret runway model claimed that it was the pressure to please everyone, including her parents, that drove her to depression. Battling mental disease is even more difficult because of the stigma that surrounds it, but Cara is proud that she was able to overcome her depression by talking to trustworthy friends, undergoing therapy, doing yoga, and simply venting out her emotions on paper. Last year, she also told Hollywood Life that her relationship with girlfriend St. Vincent is one of the reasons why she is happy.
Cara is hopeful that her admission will send a strong message to those who are similarly suffering from depression. She wants them to know that they are not alone. This is also the reason why the doe-eyed beauty feels that Facebook’s latest move to introduce a “dislike” button will only promote bullying.
On February 25, Facebook rolled out five more options in addition to the original “like” button. The other buttons now enable users to express sadness or annoyance over a particular post. As reported by the Telegraph, Cara thinks that the buttons are not really significant.
“If you can go around disliking someone’s pictures, that is going to set off a whole new wave of bullying. These companies are making so much money, they just want the new thing.”
She believes that it’s fine to hit the “like” button, but if you have negative thoughts about someone, it’s best to just “keep it to yourself.”
This isn’t the first time that Delevingne spoke out about bullying. In 2014, she also shared a quote on Instagram urging followers to rethink how they treat the people around them.
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