CARA Delevingne has broken her silence on the 'distressing' photos of her barefoot at an airport in Los Angeles, which were taken last September.

The 30-year-old was forced to get off rapper Jay-Z’s private jet during an erratic display at Van Nuys Airport.

Cara was seen walking around with bedraggled hair, an oversized Britney Spears t-shirt and no shoes.

There were also videos of her walking around sporadically whilst smoking and talking on the phone.

The model has spoken out about the snaps for the first time, telling Vogue magazine that she's "grateful" for them as she's managed to turn her life around.

Cara, who has been open about her substance use in the past, said: “I hadn’t slept. I was not okay…

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"It’s heartbreaking because I thought I was having fun, but at some point it was like, ‘Okay, I don’t look well.’

“You know, sometimes you need a reality check, so in a way those
pictures were something to be grateful for."

Cara is four months sober after checking herself into rehab at the end of 2022, and has started opening up more to others.

She explained: “I hadn’t seen a therapist in three years.

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"I just kind of pushed everyone away, which made me realise how much I was in a bad place.

"I always thought that the work needs to be done when
the times are bad, but actually the work needs to be done when they’re good.

"The work needs to be done consistently. It’s never going to be fixed or fully healed but I’m okay with that, and that’s the difference.”

The star is now back back on track – and she says that it is down to the 12-step programme.

Cara explained: "Before I was always into the quick fix of healing, going to a week long retreat or to a course for trauma, say, and that helped for a minute, but it didn’t ever really get to the nitty-gritty, the deeper stuff.

"This time I realised that 12-step treatment was the best thing, and it was about not being ashamed of that.

"The community made a huge difference. The opposite of addiction is connection, and I really found that in 12-step."

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