Last Updated on 4th May 2010
She’s as famous for her fiery outbursts as she is for being a top model, but there’s more to Naomi Campbell‘s temper than most people realise. Today, however, fashion fans may just see the softer side of the supermodel as – in tears – she explains her anger to Oprah Winfrey.
When Naomi appeared on the show, which airs today, she faced tough quizzing on her violent past from the Chat Show Queen: “are you just a petulant diva?” asked Oprah, to which a tearful Ms. Campbell replied she just “sees red”.
“Then I don’t see… I act out,” she continues, adding she regrets her actions afterwards. “I feel remorseful. I feel ashamed. I feel for them. [I think,] ‘What have I done to them?’ If I’ve hurt them.”
But according to the supermodel, all this goes beyond anger management – for her, it stems from somewhere further down.
“I think it comes from a deeper place than that with me. It comes from another type of emotional disorder, because it’s not just, ‘I don’t get what I want. I throw’,” she explains. “It comes from, I think, an abandonment issue, and it comes from also just trying to build up a family around me that’s not my immediate family. And if I feel a mistrust, then I really just… all my cards go down.”
“The aging process to me, I don’t care about the skin, what it looks like. For me, now, what’s important is the inside. And to come to that peace where it’s okay, I may look good. But I need to look the same way on the inside. That’s what I’m trying to achieve.”
Catch Naomi Campbell on Oprah when the show airs today in the US.