*One week after Todd Bridges went into “the ugly cry” on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” violent-prone supermodel Naomi Campbell became so overwhelmed with emotion on Monday’s episode that Winfrey had to cut to a commercial so she could get herself together.
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Winfrey first asked Campbell about the root of her anger issues, suggesting she’s just a petulant diva who acts out whenever she doesn’t get her way.
“I think it comes from a deeper place than that with me. It comes from another type of emotional disorder, because it’s not just, ‘I don’t get what I want. I throw,'” Naomi said. “It comes from, I think, an abandonment issue, and it comes from also just trying to build up a family around me that’s not my immediate family. And if I feel a mistrust, then I really just…all my cards go down.”
The tears came when Naomi’s mother Valerie Morris, in the audience, began discussing how she contributed to her daughter’s issues with abandonment. The 59-year-old, who was just 19 when she had Naomi, says she left her child in someone else’s care while she traveled the world and pursed her dream of being a ballerina.
“I do feel that I abandoned her,” Valerie says. “Looking back on that, you know, you sort of realize that material possessions are not the only thing that a child needs. But, sometimes, that child needs its biological mother.”
As Valerie was speaking, Campbell was sobbing. “What are the tears for?” Oprah asked. Campbell was too distraught to speak and could only repeat “I don’t know,” forcing Winfrey to take a commercial break.
When the broadcast returned, Oprah again asked about the reason for her tears.
“I don’t know. Just my mom being here and her speaking about, you know, of course I understand the sacrifice she had to make,” she says. “So for me, I guess, I want to do better. I want to be a better person. I’m not proud of the things I’ve done in my life, and I’m striving to be a better person and to find peace.”
Oprah also grilled Campbell about her recent violent encounter with an ABC news camera, which she explained as merely moving the camera out of her way so that she could leave the interview. Campbell walked out when a producer asked about reports that she had received a “blood diamond” from former Liberian president Charles Taylor.
While staying at Nelson Mandela’s home in South Africa, Naomi says she met Taylor briefly. “[Taylor] wasn’t invited, and none of us knew who he was. He wasn’t part of our group,” she says. “But he did show up and we understood who he was after it was explained.” Naomi says she didn’t want to answer questions about Taylor because she doesn’t want to be involved in his case.
Naomi also says she did not assault a New York City chauffeur in March 2010…and she did not offer him money to drop the charges.
“I wouldn’t have given the statement if I had done something wrong,” she says. “[The statement] said, ‘I wouldn’t be held hostage to my past.’… Because of my behavior in my past, I will be sometimes pointed at and said, ‘She hit me.’ And I’ve got no proof of saying any different.”
Naomi doesn’t deny other violent outbursts. She’s pled guilty to assaulting an assistant and a housekeeper.
When the housekeeper couldn’t find something Naomi was looking for in her New York apartment, Naomi says she saw red. “I don’t remember what it was she said to me, and I just threw the phone,” she says. “I am ashamed of everything I’ve ever done. I take responsibility for the things that I have done, and I do feel a great sense of shame.”
Oprah: Whether it’s a cab driver or somebody on a plane or your own housekeeper and you don’t get immediately what you want, you said you see red. Naomi: Yes. Oprah: And then what? Naomi: Then I don’t see. Oprah: You just act. Naomi: I act out. After having an outburst, Naomi says she immediately regrets her actions. “I feel remorseful. I feel ashamed. I feel for them,” she says. “[I think,] ‘What have I done to them?’ If I’ve hurt them.”
At the end of the episode, Naomi signed Oprah’s No Phone Zone pledge, and even agreed to Winfrey’s suggestion that she not only refrain from using her cell phone while driving, but also promise not to throw it at other people.