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'I'm not frightened of that beast anymore': Yasmine Le Bon opens up about long running battle with depression

Published 26/05/2015 | 17:28

Yasmin Le Bon
Yasmin Le Bon
Yasmin Le Bon

Catwalk icon Yasmin Le Bon has revealed that she has been battling depression for many years and has to "work very hard" to remain positive for the sake of her family.

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Yasmin, who is married to Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon, told Red Magazine that she has been dealing with the mental illness for a long time.

Simon and Yasmin Le Bon arrives for the opening night of the Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Thursday March 21, 2013.
Simon and Yasmin Le Bon arrives for the opening night of the Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Thursday March 21, 2013.

"I have had real depression. It's a running battle every day and I've worked very hard at it. I'm in control of it but it's there all the time," the mum-of-three said.

"I’m not frightened of it any more, I can talk about it. That beast is not going to rear her ugly head today, I’m just not going to let her."

Amber Le Bon with her model mum, Yasmin
Amber Le Bon with her model mum, Yasmin

"I haven't (taken medication) but I would if I felt myself really on the edge and needed extra help ... "(I am a) melancholy person. But melancholy's beautiful; it's not something to be frightened of. It's a very relevant emotion to have."

"You can't deny all the different emotions - you can spend your whole life denying anger, which I have done, but you can't get rid of it. It's there for a reason, you've just got to learn how to use it."

Amber Le Bon and Yasmin Le Bon attend amfAR Milano 2014 during Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015
Amber Le Bon and Yasmin Le Bon attend amfAR Milano 2014 during Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015

Despite her seemingly perfect life, prosperous career and rock star other half, Yasmin is adamant that depression is a pervasive mental illness that can happen to anyone.

"It doesn’t matter how lucky you have been in your life and how much love is surrounding you," she says. "You talk yourself into a dark hole and it’s incredibly bleak. You are completely on your own in those moments."

Picture: David Gubert for Red Magazine
Picture: David Gubert for Red Magazine

The former supermodel made the revelation to the publication as she starred in a glossy photo-shoot with her three daughters; Amber (25), Saffron (23) and Tallulah (20).

Her statuesque daughters still live at home with Yasmin and Simon...and then some.

"It’s a noisy household. At the moment, we’re eight adults, two cats and three dogs."

"Sometimes I think, this is like a shabby b&b, nobody pays and I can’t get on with my life. The house is always full."

‘It is a struggle sometimes, but life isn’t perfect, is it?" she says of the environment. "It’s complete and utter chaos."

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