Model Poppy Delevingne has opened up in a new interview with her sisters, discussing life growing up with a mother suffering addiction.
Sisters Chloe (32), Poppy (30), and Cara (24) have sat down with PORTER magazine, revealing how their incredibly close bond formed as a result of having an absent mother.
“We have all learned that addiction and mental illnesses are illnesses and I think a lot of people overlook that it is a chemical imbalance; it’s like cancer, a sickness and people need to see it as that. So when people ask me, ‘Are you angry with your mum?’ I’m like, ‘No there is nothing to be angry about’.”
“There were tricky times. I was 12 when it all started happening, which is the time you really need a mum — getting your period, wanting to know what sex is about. Cara was six years younger. She slept in my bed for years. She would literally twine her body around mine when I tried to sleep. To have each other was just so, so vital.”
Their mother Pandora Delevingne (who was also a model) has been open about her battle. She is preparing to publish a tell-all memoir titled Shadows On My Wall, sometime this year.
“We have been through everything together”, Cara added. “They helped bring me up. They taught me my love of music. We used to do dance routines to the Spice Girls, which we still do.”
Cara also spoke about her mother in a 2015 interview with Vogue.
“My mother’s an amazingly strong person with a huge heart, and I adore her. But it’s not something you get better from, I don’t think. I know there are people who have stopped and are fine now, but not in my circumstance. She’s still struggling.”
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