When Cara Delevingne showed up at the SAGs looking so splendid, we noted that she’d had a rough year and that it was good to see her in robust form. Apparently she felt the same, as she gave an interview to Vogue for its March issue — for which she is the cover — about how dark things got and how badly she needed to reboot. She is not specific about the exact details, nor should she have to be, but she’s clear about the downward spiral, digs into some of the long-standing issues she’s grappled with, and points to those airport paparazzi photos as the wakeup call she needed that she wasn’t having fun. Or, as she says on the cover, that she wasn’t okay. I found this bit interesting:

“I hadn’t seen a therapist in three years. I just kind of pushed everyone away, which made me realize how much I was in a bad place. I always thought that the work needs to be done when the times are bad, but actually the work needs to be done when they’re good. The work needs to be done consistently. It’s never going to be fixed or fully healed but I’m okay with that, and that’s the difference.”

I’m not sure I’ve heard someone struggling with addiction say, quite so plainly, that the work is just as important and urgent when you’re feeling steady. My only concern is in putting this to paper so early in her journey, at a time when she IS still raw and does need to focus on every step in front of her. I understand wanting to put to rest those photos, but to me, it’s similar to why they don’t encourage 12-steppers to start a relationship in the first year of recovery: It can create its own pressure, too soon. I would hate for her to feel beholden to things she said so early, possibly before she was ready, but I am really rooting for her to stay on this even keel she seems to have found for herself.

[Photos: Annie Leibovitz/Vogue; story by Chioma Nnadi; Vogue’s April 2023 issue is available on newsstands nationwide on March 21]