Kate Moss suffered a nervous breakdown as a teenager
Very few people would know that Kate Moss suffered from a nervous breakdown when she was just a teenager - yours truly included. The British supermodel has opened up about the breakdown which occurred after the release of her iconic 1992 Calvin Klein advert in which she was photographed by Herb Ritts alongside Mark Wahlberg.
"I had a nervous breakdown when I was 17 or 18, when I had to go and work with Marky Mark and Herb Ritts," Moss said. "It didn't feel like me at all. I felt really bad straddling this buff guy. I didn't like it. I couldn't get out of bed for two weeks. I thought I was going to die. I went to the doctor and he said: 'I'll give you some Valium', and Francesca Sorrenti [Moss' friend and mother of Mario Sorrenti], thank God, said: 'You're not taking that.'"
"It was just anxiety. Nobody takes care of you mentally. There's a massive pressure to do what you have to do. I was really little, and I was going to work with Steven Meisel. It was just really weird - a stretch limo coming to pick you up from work. I didn't like it. But it was work and I had to do it."
In a rare personal interview for the December issue of Vanity Fair magazine, Moss also spoke of why she feels that 14 was too young to start modelling.
"I see a 16-year-old now, and to ask her to take her clothes off would feel really weird," she said. "But they were like: 'If you don't do it, then we're not going to book you again'. So I'd lock myself in the toilet and cry and then come out and do it."
In addition to career, Kate revealed more about her former relationship with Johnny Depp whom she dated for three years between 1994 and 1997.
"There's nobody that's ever really been able to take care of me. Johnny did for a bit. I believed what he said. Like if I said: 'What do I do?' - he'd tell me. And that's what I missed when I left. I really lost that gauge of somebody I could trust," he said. "It was a nightmare - years and years of crying. Oh, the tears."
If you're wondering why Kate suddenly seems to be so candid with the media, it could be because this issue of VF also happens to coincide with the release of her book, Kate: The Kate Moss Book. Inside the book she confronts the 'heroin chic' image which was attached to her in the early 1990s.
"I had never even taken heroin - it was nothing to do with me at all," said Moss. "I think [stylist] Corinne Day - she wasn't on heroin, but always loved that Lou Reed song, that whole glamorising the squat, white-and-black and sparse and thin, and girls with dark eyes. She loved that look. I was thin, but that's because I was doing shows, working really hard. At that time I was staying at a B&B in Milan, and you'd get home from work and there was no food. You'd get to work in the morning, there was no food. Nobody took you out for lunch when I started. Carla Bruni took me out for lunch once. She was really nice. Otherwise, you don't get fed."