Cara Delevingne Explains How Yoga and Will Smith Changed Her Life: 'There is Always Pain Somewhere'

by Latifah Muhammad 6:46 PM PDT, August 03, 2016
Photo: Elle Magazine

There's much more to Cara Delevingne than meets the eye. The 23-year-old British model stuns on the cover of Elle's magazine's September Issue, but it's her emotional side that shines through.

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Photo: Elle Magazine

Inside the mag, Delevingne explains how yoga and Will Smith were instrumental in changing her life and career.

"For me, yoga's the only way I can really feel things and check how I am," said Delevingne. "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."

Photo: Elle Magazine
Photo: Elle Magazine
Photo: Elle Magazine

Last August, Delevingne opened up about her battle with depression. "All of a sudden I was hit with a massive wave of depression and anxiety and self-hatred, where the feelings were so painful that I would slam my head against a tree to try to knock myself out," she told Vogue magazine at the time.

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When it comes to acting, Delevingne admitted to Elle that crying is the most challenging part of the gig.

"I don’t think I have ever, ever cried in front of more than one person ever, ever," she said. "Because I grew up in this very 'emotion is weak, head up, move on, onward and upward’ kind of way. Which is not healthy."

Luckily, Delevingne's Suicide Squad co-star helped her get comfortable tapping into certain emotions. Smith, a father of three whose eldest son is, Trey, is the same as she is, shared a parenting tool that really helped.

"Will Smith was telling me he brought up his kids to put their emotions first, and when I heard that, I was just like, 'Oh my God, that sounds like a fairy tale,' because emotions should be put first. It’s the most important thing," said Delevingne before adding, “No, I’m not going to start crying."

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Delevingne doesn’t mind getting candid. She recently opened up about her 33-year-old musician girlfriend, St. Vincent, in British Vogue.

Find out more in the video below.