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Naomi Campbell Says She Barely Survived Being a Supermodel

Biutiful - Premiere:63rd Cannes Film Festival
Model Naomi Campbell attends the "Biutiful" Premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2010 in Cannes, France. (Getty Images)more pics »Naomi Campbell (Getty Images)Lest you think being a supermodel is easy, take Naomi Campbell's word for it: it's not. The British bombshell used to think she “wouldn’t survive” the modelling world.

The 40-year-old beauty admits she pushed herself too hard because she thought she would go “crazy” if she had to sit down and evaluate what she wanted out of life.

She said: “To be honest, there were times I thought I wouldn’t survive. The time between 1998 and 2005 was especially bad. During that time I avoided looking in the mirror, because I didn’t like the person who was looking back at me.

“So I had to find out what I wanted and what I didn’t want. The thing is, as a model you’re used to being on the go, so just the thought of sitting down and thinking about something drives you crazy. I used to have a lot of problems. Amongst others I drank too much so I joined the Alcoholics Anonymous to get and stay sober.”

The supermodel -- who is dating Russian billionaire Vladislav Doronin -- insists she now has no interest in going out parting because her priorities have changed as she has grown older.

She added to Germany’s InTouch magazine: “I’ve grown up. I’ve stopped driving myself to exhaustion. I want to lead a calm life. I’m done with partying. When you get older things that seemed important to you when you were 20 suddenly lose significance.”

Naomi also credits having friends who aren’t afraid to tell her the truth as helping her stay on the right path. She said: “I don’t like yeasayers. I think people like that are extremely dangerous. I need people who tell me the truth – no matter how harsh it is. I’ve got a lot of respect for them.”

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  • Naomi Campbell in Biutiful - Premiere:63rd Cannes Film Festival
  • Naomi Campbell in Biutiful - Premiere:63rd Cannes Film Festival
  • Naomi Campbell in Biutiful - Premiere:63rd Cannes Film Festival
  • Naomi Campbell in Biutiful - Premiere:63rd Cannes Film Festival
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