Naomi Campbell has told how she used lockdown as a period of ‘reflection’ in her first appearance since announcing she has become a mother to a baby girl.
The supermodel, 50, was glowing as she interviewed fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, 74, on her YouTube show No Filter with Naomi on Tuesday.
During the recording, Naomi admitted the recent lockdowns had been a ‘positive time for some’ and she agreed with close friend Diane when she said the pandemic had given us the opportunity to ‘think about what matters most.’
Glowing: Naomi Campbell has told how she used lockdown as a period of ‘reflection’ in her first appearance since announcing she has become a mother
Naomi said: ‘I also know it’s been a time of reflection, it’s been a positive time for some too. In terms of the lives that we’ve lost, that’s tragic.’
The new mum admitted she didn’t become the woman she wanted to be until she turned 30, as she looked back on her modelling career with Diane.
Diane asked: ‘How old were you when you became the woman you wanted to be?’
Naomi replied: ‘Hmm, I’d say 30… 29 I started to understand about how I need to be with myself, 29/30.
Announcement: The supermodel, 50, was glowing as she interviewed fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, 74, on her YouTube show No Filter with Naomi on Tuesday
‘Acknowledging it in my mind, understanding how I had to do it and then that was the point where I had to take the action.
‘It’s also very important to be able to look at one self’s face in the mirror and admit to one’s faults, one’s insecurities, it’s okay, it’s all right. You’ve got to commit to here.’
Diane said the pandemic ‘forced us to pause’ and became an opportunity to ‘think about what matters most.’
Naomi replied: ‘I agree. You become on autopilot. We had to embrace it, you can’t fasten it up or swallow it down, you just must go with it. It’s easier to do it that way, I totally agree.’
Radiant: During the recording, Naomi agreed with close friend Diane when she said the pandemic had given us the opportunity to ‘think about what matters most’
Naomi, who turns 51 on Saturday, interacted with her fans as the YouTube recording aired, saying she was ‘humbled’ after becoming a mother.
She wrote: ‘Hello my darlings, thank you so much for the pre birthday wishes… and for my new chapter as a mother I’m honoured and humbled.’
The fashion icon was inundated with well wishes from fans in the comment section of the video, which she also shared on Instagram.
One wrote: ‘Congratulations on your newest addition. I’m happy for you’, while another said: ‘Mummy Naomi you look beautiful.’
Another user added: ‘Congratulations on your new baby.’
Reaction: The fashion icon was inundated with well wishes from fans in the comment section of the video which she also shared on Instagram
The supermodel surprised her Instagram followers on Tuesday as she shared a picture cradling her newborn daughter and stated she has never felt a ‘greater love.’
She did not disclose the method in which she welcomed her daughter, but four years ago credited science with giving her an opportunity to start a family ‘whenever she wants’, suggesting she was leaning towards using a surrogate.
Offering a first look at her new arrival with a picture of her baby girl, whose name has not been revealed, Naomi penned: ‘A beautiful little blessing has chosen me to be her mother.
‘So honoured 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.’
Last picture: It comes after Naomi (seen at the Michael Kors show in April) admitted that she would ‘think about having children all the time’ but wasn’t planning to rush herself to start a family
The model gave no further details in the post. MailOnline has contacted Naomi’s representatives for further comment.
Naomi was last in a relationship with rapper Skepta in 2018 but enjoyed a fling with Liam Payne the following year. She has also enjoyed high-profile relationships with the likes of Diddy, Robert De Niro, Mike Tyson and Russian billionaire Vladislav Doronin over the years.
Although she is notoriously private about her love life, Naomi has previously stated she is ‘on good terms’ with her exes and is not believed to be dating anyone new at present.
Naomi kept her baby news a secret from the world, but her mother Valerie Morris-Campbell shared her thoughts on the arrival, saying she was ‘beyond thrilled’.
Sharing the same picture, she posted: ‘Congratulations to my daughter Naomi on the birth of her daughter, I’m beyond thrilled as I’ve waited a longtime to be grandmother. ❤️ @naomi #proud #mother #grandmother #love #family’.
Naomi then commented on the snap: ‘We love you Mum ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️’
Congratulations! Naomi’s mother shared that she was ‘beyond thrilled’ to become a grandmother after the model welcomed her first child
Mix up: In 2019 Naomi denied claims she had adopted a child after fans got the wrong end of the stick when she posted a picture cradling a newborn baby on Instagram on Mother’s Day
Naomi’s baby announcement comes after she admitted that she would ‘think about having children all the time’ but wasn’t planning to rush herself to start a family.
HOW DID NAOMI BECOME A MOTHER AT 50 YEARS OLD?
Naomi has not revealed the method in which she welcomed her daughter but has previously spoken about her many options for starting a family
Some mature mothers choose to have a baby via surrogacy, when someone has a baby for a couple who cannot have a child themselves.
Straight surrogacy uses the surrogates own eggs to conceive and can take place at home using artificial insemination, using an insemination kit or via a clinic using IUI or IVF with the surrogate acting a known egg donor.
Surrogacy is legal in the UK, but it’s illegal to advertise for surrogates. No financial benefit other than reasonable expenses can be paid to the surrogate.
Naomi previously hinted at looking into surrogacy when she said: ‘I think about having children all the time. But now with the way science is I think I can do it when I want.’
It is possible to adopt a child if you are over 21, a non-smoker, and have a spare bedroom.
You also need to have stopped fertility treatment if you’ve been trying to get pregnant.
People from all backgrounds and nationalities can adopt – whether you’re single or married, male or female, a homeowner or renting, straight, lesbian, gay, trans or bisexual, it doesn’t matter.
Naomi previously said she would ‘maybe’ adopt and also hinted at wanting to when she said: ‘I’ll see what the universe brings me. For now, what the universe has delivered is very much in the spirit of a chosen family.’
She added in another interview: ‘When I’m around children, I become a child myself. That’s the little girl I don’t ever want to lose.’
More mothers are waiting until later in life to have children, but pregnancy after 50 is still quite rare.
A woman’s fertility begins to decline in her early 30s. After age 35, her number of viable eggs starts to fall more quickly.
However celebrities have made headlines for having kids in their later years, including Janet Jackson who had her son, Eissa Al Mana, at age 50.
Naomi said she wanted to welcome a child with a partner, stating: ‘I do want a father figure. I think it’s important. It’s the way I feel today, sitting here talking to you’
She also hinted at wanting a traditional family set up when she announced: ‘I want the same things as every other woman: the house, the kids, the lot’
In another interview she said: ‘I’d love to have kids. I don’t discount anything in life. I love kids and always will.’
Speaking to ES Magazine back in 2017, she said: ‘I think about having children all the time. But now with the way science is I think I can do it when I want.’
Asked if she would have the child herself rather than adopt, she replied: ‘Maybe. Maybe… Maybe.’
However, the Vogue cover girl insisted that she did not want to be a single parent so would find a suitable partner first.
She said: ‘I do want a father figure. I think it’s important. It’s the way I feel today, sitting here talking to you.’
In another interview she admitted: ‘I want the same things as every other woman: the house, the kids, the lot.’
The following year she told Vogue magazine that she would ‘love’ to have a child and wouldn’t rule anything out for the future.
She explained: ‘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.’
Despite continuously expressing a desire to have children in the years prior, she then said that she was ‘not ready’ for motherhood in 2019.
Asked if she would have any kids, the model, then 49, told Metro: ‘Not yet… I’ll see what the universe brings me. For now, what the universe has delivered is very much in the spirit of a chosen family.’
She made the statement shortly after she broke off a fling with One Direction star Liam Payne, 27.
The same year she was also forced to deny claims she had adopted a child after fans got the wrong end of the stick when she posted a picture cradling a newborn baby on Instagram on Mother’s Day.
Despite the outpouring of congratulations, Naomi’s representative revealed that she hadn’t adopted and the picture had been taken when Naomi visited an orphanage for abandoned children in Lagos.
Prior to dating boyband singer Liam, Naomi was in a relationship with grime artist Skepta, 38.
The couple reportedly dated for around five months in 2018, with the rapper even referencing her in the song Interlude, claiming she wore sexy underwear for him during a video call.
He penned: ‘How can I fall asleep when I’m on this FaceTime with Nao… shh. She got them Victoria Secrets that she’s tryna show me.’
In August 2018, Naomi unfollowed Skepta after he posted a baby scan on Instagram, leading fans to question whether or not they might be expecting.
Skepta welcomed daughter River the following year but has never revealed who the baby’s mother is.
Neither Liam or Skepta have spoken out publicly on Naomi’s baby news.
Although fans were left reeling, Naomi’s celebrity pals were quick to congratulate her on the happy news.
Singer Rita Ora, 30, said: ‘No one deserves this more’ while actress Zoe Saldana, 42, commented: ‘Oh my goodness congrats lady! What a blessing!!’
Designer Marc Jacobs, 58, appeared to have some inclination that Naomi was to become a mum, writing: ‘Oh my God!!!! Today is the day?? How absolutely incredible. How lucky she is and how lucky you are! What a wonderful mother you will be. Blessings all around.
Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner, 25, simply commented a love heart on Naomi’s heartwarming post while Jamie Winstone, 36, said: ‘Wow congratulations Naomi. BIG, BIG LOVE, wow you’re a Mama.’
British Vogue editor Edward Enninful, 49, appeared overwhelmed by Naomi’s news, but also hinted the model’s post may not have been the first time he’s seen the new mum and her daughter together.
He said: ‘Seeing the two of you together made my year. You will bring each other so much joy @naomi.’
Celebrity fans: Although fans were left reeling, Naomi’s celebrity pals were quick to congratulate her on the happy news
Naomi previously hinted at her joyous news when she insisted 2021 would be ‘an amazing year’.
Naomi said earlier this year: ‘At the end of 2020, my main reflections were on the need for us to move upward and forward. We have to rise to every challenge and walk through it.
‘And we will get through it. 2021 is going to be a great year, we’ve just got a few more bumps to get through first. Nothing disappears overnight, but we just need to get through this first quarter.
‘After that, I believe that this is going to be an amazing year. Actually, I don’t just believe it will be; I feel it will be.’
A dalliance with Leonard DiCaprio, four years with Flavio Briatore and THAT Liam Payne fling… a look back at Naomi Campbell’s torrid love life as she surprises fans with news she’s a mother
Naomi Campbell has surprised her fans with the news that she’s become a mother.
The model, 50, who shared a snap of the newborn on Monday, has had her fair share of famous suitors ranging from Hollywood stars to oil tycoons and even a couple of hitmakers.
So as fans mull over the news that Naomi has welcomed her baby despite being thought to be single, here’s a look-back at her colourful and illustrious romantic history.
2019: Liam Payne
Naomi was linked to One Direction star Liam Payne, 23 years her junior, following her break-up from Skepta and his break-up from Cheryl.
They are said to have enjoyed a few dates but it was ultimately short-lived.
It began with a seemingly harmless flirtation on Instagram, liking and commenting on one another’s steamy posts.
Liam described her as ‘perfection in a person’, with her branding him ‘a beautiful soul’. They were then spotted at the concert of musician Davido at The O2 in London.
There were reports about Liam bragging about the couple’s ‘mind-blowing’ sex, but when Naomi was asked outright about the tryst on The Jonathan Ross Show she said the rumours were ‘humorous’. Any romance appeared to end shortly after this.
Short-lived: Naomi was linked to the One Direction star Liam Payne, 23 years her junior, following her break up from Skepta and his break up from Cheryl [pictured 2021]
Their raunchy cover of GQ magazine, in only their underwear, sent fans wild.
But rapper Skepta and Naomi’s tryst appeared to be done and dusted before too long.
Of the shoot, Naomi said afterwards: ‘We basically did that shoot on our own, it wasn’t for any publication, and once I saw the pictures I was like ‘no, no, no we should come out…’
‘And so then I started making some calls. It wasn’t like I was going to wait months for it to come out – it’s either got to come out in the next few or it ain’t coming out at all.’
Come out indeed it did, with the duo taking part in a joint interview at the time, playing coy about any romance. To this day it’s still unclear, but Skepta seemingly mentioned Naomi on one of his tracks in 2020. They are thought to still be close.
Hot off the press: Rapper Skepta and Naomi’s tryst appeared to be done and dusted before too long, shortly after appearing in a joint GQ shoot in their underwear [pictured 2019]
Unfollowed: In August 2018, Naomi unfollowed Skepta after he posted a baby scan on Instagram. He welcomed daughter River the following year and has not disclosed who the mother is
2017: Louis C. Camilleri
It was claimed in 2017 that Naomi was dating Egyptian multimillionaire Louis C. Camilleri, who was 66 at the time.
The supermodel was said to be enjoying a string of London dinners with the businessman, who was worth over £150 million.
Naomi reportedly met Louis through their shared love of Formula One as they frequented the same races and are said to have met and bonded at the events.
Vested interests: Louis Carey Camilleri is pictured at the Monza racetrack, in Monza, Italy in 2018
2016: Hassan Jameel
In July 2016, Naomi was pictured looking cosy with billionaire businessman Hassan Jameel when they attended the British Summer Time Festival together in London – although their romance was never confirmed.
In 2017, it was claimed that the supermodel had fallen out with singer Rihanna after she was spotted putting on a steamy display with Hassan, 32, in Ibiza.
The Sun reported at the time that Naomi was disgruntled that the singer and Hassan, who split in early 2020, had fallen so hard – as she hates feeling ‘second best’.
Snapped: In July 2016, Naomi was pictured looking cosy with billionaire businessman Hassan Jameel when they attended the British Summer Time Festival together
2009-2013: Vladislav Doronin
Thought to be her longest relationship, Naomi dated Russian billionaire Vladislav Doronin for five years.
They enjoyed lavish trips to the topics together and appeared to have a solid romance, but it ended in 2013.
Long-term love: Thought to be her longest relationship, Naomi dated Russian billionaire Vladislav Doronin for five years [pictured 2012]
2008: Marcus Elias
This dalliance was brief, but Naomi and Brazilian equity magnate Marcus Elias were said to be engaged at one point.
Their relationship both began and ended in 2008, however.
Runaway bride: This dalliance was brief, but Naomi and Brazilian equity magnate Marcus Elias were said to be engaged at one point [pictured 2008]
2007: Gerard Butler
Naomi and the Scots action star were rumoured to be an item in 2007 when they were seen hanging out together on multiple occasions.
Seemingly a friendly ex to many, Naomi has since been seen socialising with him at events, despite their alleged romance fizzling out.
Friendly exes: Naomi has been seen socialising with Gerard Butler at events, despite their alleged romance fizzling out in 2007 [pictured 2009]
2005-2006: Badr Jafar
Naomi and oil heir Badr Jafar were reportedly a couple for 10 months.
Apparently, for Naomi’s 35th birthday, he hired out eight floors of the Burj al Arab hotel in Dubai to throw her a £1 million party. He himself has an estimated worth of £2 billion.
Party hard: Apparently, for Naomi’s 35th birthday, Badr Jafar hired out eight floors of the Burj al Arab hotel in Dubai to throw her a £1 million party [pictured 2012]
It’s still unclear how romantic Naomi and music star P Diddy were, but they were linked in 2002.
Since, they have been very close friends and are thought to consider one another more as siblings.
Close but no cigar: Naomi and music star P Diddy were linked in 2002. Since, they have been very close friends [pictured 2017]
Flavio Briatore – the boss of Benetton – was with Naomi from 1998 until they parted ways in 2002.
The Italian – who is 21 years Naomi’s senior and worth £258 million – famously said after their split: ‘She’s great but better as a friend than a girlfriend!’
Naomi later told Marie Claire: ‘I’m not going to be a trophy. If you expect me to be in the kitchen cooking breakfast in high heels, looking as though I just stepped out of a fashion magazine, it’s not going to happen.’
Flavio of the month: Despite a lengthy dalliance, Naomi and Flavio Briatore split because, according to Naomi, he wanted her as ‘a trophy’ [pictured 2001]
Known for a revolving door of romances, a penchant for models and being seemingly disinterested in settling down, Leonardo DiCaprio was perhaps a kindred spirit for Naomi when they were linked in 1995.
The couple’s dalliance was fleeting, however. They appeared to have remained pally ever since, seen chatting at events on many an occasion since.
Still friends: Naomi and Leonardo Dicaprio are seen chatting at the Vanity Fair Oscars party in Los Angeles in 2007 – 12 years after being romantically linked
While she has never been married, Naomi was previously engaged to U2 bass player Adam Clayton after getting together in 1993 and despite their split in 1994, the stunner has always spoken fondly of the musician.
In a 2015 interview with the Irish Independent, she mused: ‘I’m friends with the whole [of U2]. The whole band were great. Their kids are all grown up.
‘It’s nice to know people for so long and still have a relationship… I only have very positive things to say about him. I am very proud of Adam.’
Nearly beloved: While she has never been married, Naomi was previously engaged to U2 bass player Adam Clayton after getting together in 1993
In the early 90s, Naomi was also briefly linked to Hollywood star Robert De Niro.
But, addressing her dating life at the time, she told WSJ: ‘For me, privacy is important to know each other, and I always worry that my job will not allow that.
‘But I have ways. I was taught that by Robert De Niro. Being alone doesn’t mean you are lonely. I don’t have time to be bored, and I don’t have time to be lonely.’
Spotted: In the early 90s, Naomi was briefly linked to Hollywood star Robert De Niro
Last year, in an interview with Times Weekend magazine, Naomi said she is on good terms with all her previous ex-boyfriends, but admitted she isn’t friends with her ‘last’ ex.
Discussing who she has dated, she said: ‘Why don’t you say it the other way round? Surely it was their privilege just as much as mine to be with them? But yes, I had some wild and exciting times until I changed my life aged 29.
‘Whatever they say about me, I have remained friends with all my exes… except the last one.’
Asked if she means Skepta, she simply said: ‘A lady never discusses the details of her private life.’