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    Cara Delevingne Thinks Homophobia Is A Generational Thing, Says Parents Used To Think “If I Have A Gay Child I Have Done Something Wrong”

    Being a part of the queer community is always a unique experience for every single person, and it is important for stories to be shared to realize the importance of the notion “You are not alone.” Cara Delevingne understands this important notion and has shared her own experience as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community.

    Let us dive in and explore what she has to say about how society has treated the queer community over the years.

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    Cara Delevingne Internalized Generational Phobia

    Cara Delevingne
    Cara Delevingne

    Speaking to The Times, Cara Delevingne admitted her internalized phobia had taken a “long time” to understand “because it’s built into you”. The ‘Paper Towns‘ star said her parents had never reassured her it was okay with them for her to love whoever she wanted. She added it had been ingrained into her that women were always assumed to be straight: “It’s a generational thing. I don’t think it was their fault at all,” Delevingne said of her phobia. “It’s just how it was. I think a lot of parents thought, ‘Oh, if I have a gay child I have done something wrong.’”

    While discussing her experience of exploring her sexuality during the ‘Make It Reign‘ with Josh Smith podcast back in 2021, she explained: “The way I define myself still changes all the time, whether it’s pansexual, bisexual – I don’t really know. It’s like a pendulum swinging, but almost now I feel far more comfortable being bisexual than I used to.”

    She added, “I’ve kind of felt because I was lacking in my desire for women or love for women that I kind of just went one way and now it changes a lot more. I feel a lot more free and being more comfortable in it because before I was like, ‘oh, I’m gay’. That comes with self-shaming.”

    Delevingne also spoke about how Pride Month, which takes place in June each year, is about “choosing love”: “That’s what I think Pride needs to be about. It’s just love, love for your partner, love for your neighbour, love for yourself more importantly, and loving people you don’t know either. Like, it just doesn’t have to be something you talk about where it’s just about a relationship. It can just be about a stranger, you know, having empathy and compassion for all people.”

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    Cara Delevingne Is On A Path To Sobriety

    Cara Delevingne
    Cara Delevingne

    As Delevingne shares her many life experiences, sobriety is yet another essential topic that often comes up. The model also talked about her past battles with substance misuse in the interview. She said, “I used to think drugs and alcohol helped me cope … but they didn’t, they kept me sad and super depressed. I feel like I’ve got my power back and I’m not being controlled by other things.”

    The actress revealed that she now attends festivals sober. When she went to Glastonbury sober, she said, “It smelt bad, my feet hurt and I didn’t stay up so late, but it was just as much fun. I never want my life to change in that way.”

    Delevingne has been candid about her sobriety journey in the past. She told Vogue for their April 2023 cover about the 12-step program she enrolled in. “This process obviously has its ups and downs, but I’ve started realizing so much,” she said.

    “People want my story to be this after-school special where I just say, ‘Oh look, I was an addict, and now I’m sober and that’s it.’ And it’s not as simple as that. It doesn’t happen overnight,” she continued.

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