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Cara Delevingne raised to keep 'weak' emotions under wraps

Published 03/08/2016

Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne is determined to help teenagers overcome depression, as she knows what it's like to be in their shoes.

Cara Delevingne doesn't cry in front of people.

The 23-year-old model-turned-actress grew up in London’s Belgravia, one of the wealthiest districts in the world, with aristocratic relatives, like her grandmother Janie Sheffield, former lady-in-waiting to Britain’s Princess Margaret, and Cara's father wealthy property developer father Charles.

Cara also suffered from dyspraxia, a neurological disease that affects brain messages not being delivered properly to the body, making her school years difficult, but she always kept her feelings buttoned up.

"I don't think I have ever, ever cried in front of more than one person ever, ever," she told U.S. Elle magazine. "Because I grew up in this very 'Emotion is weak, head up, move on, onward and upward' kind of way. Which is not healthy.”

Someone who helped her on her path to overcome this attitude was Suicide Squad co-star Will Smith, who shared with Cara how he raised his kids Jaden, 18, and 15-year-old Willow to put their emotions first.

Having grown up was depression, which Cara revealed she still battles during a series of tweets earlier this year (16), the actress felt it was important to open up about her condition in the hope that it would help others struggling.

"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,'” she added. “If I can help a teenager go through a better time than they should be, then I am going to f**king do that. I mean, f**king being a teenager suuuccccks. And I somehow came through the other end."

One of the things that keeps her depressive thoughts in check is yoga, which enables Cara to target her pain – even if it is completely irrational.

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