Cara Delevingne is opening up about her journey to sobriety, sharing her story of hitting rock bottom and the steps she took to turn her life around. In a candid interview with Vogue, the 30-year-old model and actress revealed that she checked herself into rehab late last year after paparazzi photos of her looking worse for wear at the airport sparked concern among fans.
Recalling the moment, Delevingne said, “I hadn’t slept. I was not okay. It’s heartbreaking because I thought I was having fun, but at some point it was like, Okay, I don’t look well. You know, sometimes you need a reality check, so in a way those pictures were something to be grateful for.”
The photos prompted Delevingne’s friends to rush to her side, offering her the support and encouragement she needed to start on the path to recovery. “From September, I just needed support,” she said. “I needed to start reaching out. And my old friends I’ve known since I was 13, they all came over and we started crying. They looked at me and said, ‘You deserve a chance to have joy.'”
But it wasn’t an easy road. Delevingne revealed that she had struggled with alcohol from a young age and had watched her mother, Pandora, struggle with addiction as well. She had even had interventions in the past but was never ready to make a change. “If you’re not face-first on the floor and ready to get up again, you won’t,” she admitted.
This time, however, she was ready. Delevingne checked herself into rehab and committed to a 12-step program, recognizing that quick fixes and temporary solutions weren’t enough. “Before I was always into the quick fix of healing, going to a weeklong retreat or to a course for trauma, say, and that helped for a minute, but it didn’t ever really get to the nitty-gritty, the deeper stuff,” she explained. “This time I realized that 12-step treatment was the best thing, and it was about not being ashamed of that. The community made a huge difference. The opposite of addiction is connection, and I really found that in 12-step.”
The coronavirus pandemic only made things worse, as Delevingne found herself alone following her breakup with Ashley Benson and experiencing what she described as an “existential crisis” about not being able to work. When the world began to open up again, she returned to partying during her free time from projects. But after seeing the airport paparazzi pics in September 2022, she knew she wanted to live life differently.
And now, more than four months sober, she’s committed to the journey, knowing that it won’t be easy but determined to keep going. “This process obviously has its ups and downs, but I’ve started realizing so much,” she said. “People want my story to be this after-school special where I just say, ‘Oh look, I was an addict, and now I’m sober and that’s it.’ And it’s not as simple as that. It doesn’t happen overnight….Of course I want things to be instant—I think this generation especially, we want things to happen quickly—but I’ve had to dig deeper.”
Delevingne’s honesty and vulnerability in sharing her story is an inspiration to many who may be struggling with addiction or mental health issues. Her message that recovery is a journey, not a quick fix, is an important one that we should all take to heart.