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.

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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.”

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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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