Naomi Campbell has built a successful career as an international supermodel—but it may have come with a cost.
“I’d say the sacrifice is really finding that soul mate who will understand you,” Campbell told The Cut in an interview.
Campbell, who began her modeling career at 15, became the first Black woman to appear on the cover of French Vogue and Time magazines. She’s also known for her appearances on “The Face” and “Empire” television shows.
The model reached icon status by 1990. In June 2018, she received the Fashion Icon award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. She’s also released 25 fragrances for women, released music, and published four books.
The now 51-year-old model who has never been married said, “I’m strong, but I’m also sensitive. I know that in relationships I have to compromise.”
While she’s currently single, Campbell has a long history of dating high-profile celebrities, such as her brief engagement to U2’s bassist, Adam Clayton in 1993.
She was also engaged to Flavio Briatore, a controversial Italian businessman, but the two ended the relationship in 2002 after four years together. According to Pagesix.com, Campbell has been linked to past relationships with Leonardo DiCaprio, Usher, and Robert DeNiro. She’s also been connected to former One Direction singer Liam Payne and British rapper Skepta in recent years.
Though Campbell hasn’t settled down romantically, she did gain a form of love she’s always wanted—motherhood.
In 2017, she told ES magazine, “I think about having children all the time. But now with the way science is I think I can do it when I want.'”
The next year, she said, “I’d love to have kids. I don’t discount anything in life. I love kids and always will. When I’m around children, I become a child myself. That’s the little girl I don’t ever want to lose.”
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“A beautiful little blessing has chosen me to be her mother,” she wrote while announcing her daughter’s arrival on Instagram in May. “So honored to have this gentle soul in my life there are no words to describe the lifelong bond that I now share with you my angel. There is no greater love.”
According to Daily Mail, some of Campbell’s friends believe she used a surrogate. While it’s unknown who the father of Campbell’s new baby is, it’s said that she’s understood to have a new boyfriend who she will raise the child with.
It’s been reported that she’s been in a secret relationship with an American boyfriend for nearly two years, The Sun reported.
Campbell made it clear in her interview with The Cut that’s she supported by great friends.
“I’ve had extremely long friendships that are still very present in my life to this day—30, 33, 35 years on. I’m grateful for those people in my life. They know me better than anyone,” she said.