Naomi Campbell Opens Up About How Drug Addiction Nearly Killed Her In The 90’s

For five years, the British-born beauty battled her addiction, even falling during a photoshoot in 1999.

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Naomi Campbell Opens Up About How Drug Addiction Nearly Killed Her In The 90’s

Naomi Campbell confessed that her drug addiction nearly killed her when she was at the peak of her career in the 1990s.

In AppleTV+’s new docuseries “The Super Models,” the iconic runway diva went frank about her previous substance abuse, confessing she turned to cocaine to cope with childhood trauma and the death of Italian designer and close friend Gianni Versace.

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“I guess when I started using, that was one of the things I tried to cover up, was grief. Addiction is such a … bulls—t thing, it really is,” Campbell said.

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“You think, ‘Oh it’s gonna heal that wound.’ It doesn’t. It can cause such huge fear and anxiety. So I got really angry.”

The fashion icon claimed Versace’s assassination outside his Miami Beach house in 1997 rocked her life.

“He was very sensitive to feeling me, like, he pushed me,” Campbell recalled. “He would push me to step outside and go further when I didn’t think I had it within myself to do it. So when he died, my grief became very bad.”

Naomi Campbell Opens Up About How Drug Addiction Nearly Killed Her In The 90’s

For five years, the British-born beauty battled her addiction, even falling during a photoshoot in 1999.

“When you try to cover something up, your feelings — you spoke about abandonment. I tried to cover that with something,” she confessed in the docuseries. “You can’t cover it. I was killing myself. It was very hurtful.”

Naomi Campbell Opens Up About How Drug Addiction Nearly Killed Her In The 90’s

That terrible experience, however, was the wake-up call she needed to enter rehab.

“I chose to go to rehab. It was one of the best and only things I could have done for myself at that time,” Campbell, 53, said.

“It’s taken me many years to work on and deal with,” she added. “And it does still come up sometimes. But I just now have the tools how to deal with it now when it comes up.”

In addition to dealing with Versace’s death, the mother of two has already discussed her childhood trauma after her father abandoned her mother.

Naomi Campbell Opens Up About How Drug Addiction Nearly Killed Her In The 90’s

Campbell discussed her abandonment difficulties with Barbara Walters in a 2000 interview that was featured in “The Super Models.”

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“There’s a lot of issues that I have from childhood,” she said. “Well, for instance, not knowing your father, not seeing your mother. That brings up a lot of — it manifests a lot of feelings.”

“One of those feelings absolutely is anger,” she continued, adding, “It’s a manifestation of a deeper issue, I think, anger. And that for me, I think is based on insecurity, self-esteem, and loneliness…”

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