Naomi Opens Up About Everything (But The Diamond)

Today marked Naomi Campbell’s much anticipated appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she opened up about her phone-throwing antics, abandonment issues, drug addiction, and life in Moscow with billionaire boyfriend Valdimir Doronin. There was one subject, however, on which Campbell remained emphatically mum: her alleged blood diamond.

To recap: Naomi is refusing to testify about a huge, uncut, “blood diamond” allegedly given to her in 1997 by former Liberian warlord Charles Taylor while the model was on a visit to South Africa. Taylor, a notorious African dictator, is currently on trial for war-crimes including using blood diamonds to purchase illegal weapons. Prosecutors say that Campbell’s testimony would help tie him to the purchase.

Asked about the diamond by ABC’s Nightline during a recent Fashion Week appearance to raise money for Haiti, she said, “I didn’t receive a diamond and I’m not going to speak about that.”

On Oprah, Campbell acknowledged the BBC interview — though she claims sound effects were added to make the knocking of the camera seem more extreme — but refused to elaborate.


We’re actually surprised Winfrey didn’t push her any further on the topic.

Campbell also spent a large portion of the episode crying, particularly when her mother spoke to Oprah. Campbell admitted that she has a temper problem, explaining that she just “sees red.”

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.

And afterwards, she feels “remorseful” and “ashamed.” Campbell cites abandonment issues as the root of the problem, before breaking into what Oprah likes to call “The Ugly Cry.”


In other, less tear-filled and yet totally unsurprising news, Campbell is a fan of the Master Cleanse, choosing to drink nothing but water mixed with maple syrup, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper for two weeks at a time — at least three times a year.


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