Cara Delevingne cries “pretty much every day.”
The Suicide Squad star covers the September issue of ELLE magazine, where she reveals why she decided to open up about her personal struggles with mental illness on social media in April. She also opens up about why crying is important to her and how yoga has helped her deal with depression.
“I couldn’t just sit there and listen to these girls, and boys, too, but usually girls, say this stuff, about bullying, about their sexuality, depression, and guilt and suicidal thoughts and just all of it, without being like, ‘I have been through that, and it’s going to be okay.’ If I can help a teenager go through a better time than they should be, then I am going to f–king do that,” the model-turned-actress told the magazine. “I mean, f–king being a teenager suuuccccks. And I somehow came through the other end,” she added.
“I grew up in this very ‘Emotion is weak, head up, move on, onward and upward’ kind of way. Which is not healthy,” Delevingne admits. However, despite being encouraged to hide her emotions during her childhood, these days she does the exact opposite.
“For me, yoga’s the only way I can really feel things and check how I am,” she explained. “Because there is always pain somewhere, even if it’s completely irrational pain, and it’s always good to find it and get it out. If I don’t cry pretty much every day I will hold it in, and it will manifest in me in things that are destructive, like my skin.”