Cara Delevingne Opens Up About Her Battle With Mental Illness

It’s really easy to forget that celebrities are real people with real feelings. Just because someone lives their life in the spotlight doesn’t make them immune to emotional turmoil and battling serious mental mayhem. Demi Lovato was a big wake up call when she came out to talk about living with bi-polar disorder and just this week, Kylie Jenner took to SnapChat to be open about her experience with bullying.

Now, another famous face has come forward to tell their story about trying times dealing with depression. On the surface Cara Delevingne may seem like a carefree, super fun, nothing-could-ever-bother-me superstar, but in the July issue of Vogue magazine, the 22-year-old admits to dealing with depression, guilt, self-harm and anxiety during her teen years.

“This is something I haven’t been open about, but it’s a huge part of who I am,” she told the mag. “All of a sudden I was hit with a massive wave of depression and anxiety and self-hatred, where the feelings were so painful that I would slam my head against a tree to try to knock myself out. I never cut, but I’d scratch myself to the point of bleeding. I just wanted to dematerialize and have someone sweep me away.”

Coming from an upper-middle class family Cara felt as if her feelings were unwarranted, making her spiral even further.

“The worst thing was that I knew I was a lucky girl, and the fact that you would rather be dead…you just feel so guilty for those feelings,” she admitted. “And it’s this vicious circle. Like, how dare I feel that way? So you just attack yourself some more.”

Fortunately, Cara has gotten help for her anxiety and depression, but still deals with spells of it from time to time. While it’s unfortunate to hear Cara battles mental illness, hopefully her bravery to tell her story will help others afflicted with the same thing.