Cara Delevingne says making documentary Planet Sex was life changing

‘I thought about ending my life’: Cara Delevingne says making documentary Planet Sex changed her after bisexual and gender fluid model’s internalised homophobia left her suicidal

  • Cara Delevingne says making her documentary Planet Sex has changed her life after she was left suicidal over her sexuality
  • The model, 30, who is gender fluid and bisexual, insists she is more comfortable with herself than ever after battling internalised homophobia and crippling self-shame
  • Actress Cara, who has more long-term relationships with women than men, hopes the film will help other people who are suffering through similar experiences
  • On her sexuality, she added: ‘I couldn’t talk to anyone about it. I had a lot of internalised homophobia and shame… I thought about ending my life’
  • For confidential 24/7 support in the UK, call Samaritans on 116 123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details 

Cara Delevingne says making her documentary Planet Sex has changed her life after she was left suicidal over her sexuality.

The model, 30, who is gender fluid and bisexual, insists she is more comfortable with herself than ever after battling internalised homophobia and crippling self-shame.

Actress Cara, who has more long-term relationships with women than men, hopes the film will help other people who are suffering through similar experiences. 

Life altering: Cara Delevingne, 30, says making her documentary Planet Sex has changed her life after she was left suicidal over her sexuality

Life altering: Cara Delevingne, 30, says making her documentary Planet Sex has changed her life after she was left suicidal over her sexuality

She told the Mirror: ‘It has very much changed my life. Now I’m happier than I’ve ever been. I feel really, really proud of what we created.’

On her sexuality, she added: ‘I couldn’t talk to anyone about it. I had a lot of internalised homophobia and shame. I thought that I was abnormal.

‘I thought about ending my life, like I had multiple times, and I’m so glad I didn’t because if I can help any other kid that means the world to me. It means the world to that little queer kid I was. Or I am.’

Difficulties: The model, who is gender fluid and bisexual, insists she is more comfortable with herself than ever after battling internalised homophobia and crippling self-shame

Difficulties: The model, who is gender fluid and bisexual, insists she is more comfortable with herself than ever after battling internalised homophobia and crippling self-shame

Cara rose to fame after she was signed to modelling agency Storm as a teenager and she has acted in a number of films, including Suicide Squad and Paper Towns.

The star’s documentary is about desire and attraction and she said it has ‘made me want to be louder about what I believe in. It’s time to stop hiding.’

Cara admitted she had never been to Pride before and said most of her friends identified as straight but making the documentary made her feel more connected to the LGBTQ+ community: ‘I have a lot more queer friends now,’ she said.

On screen: Cara is seen poking her tongue out as she visits a temple in Tokyo with Japanese LGBTQ+ advocate Kodo Nishimura, a Buddhist monk and make-up artist, in the series

On screen: Cara is seen poking her tongue out as she visits a temple in Tokyo with Japanese LGBTQ+ advocate Kodo Nishimura, a Buddhist monk and make-up artist, in the series

While filming the programme, the supermodel gave researchers a sample of her blood before and after experiencing an orgasm so they could study its effects on her body chemistry.

She agreed to the research as part of an investigation into the ‘gender climax gap’, a term used to describe why men are more likely to have an orgasm during sex than women.  

Speaking outside a hospital in Germany, Cara tells viewers of her new six-part series: ‘I’m here to have an orgasm and donate it to science.

Searching: Cara tours the world to explore her sexuality in Planet Sex, the £10million show coming to BBC Three

Searching: Cara tours the world to explore her sexuality in Planet Sex, the £10million show coming to BBC Three

‘I think female sexual desire has definitely been repressed. I know from my own love life just how sexual women can be so you’d think in the 21st Century men and women should be having equally satisfying sex lives, right?  

‘Well, prepare for a shock. When it comes to the orgasm there is a definite gender gap.

‘Scientists say that 95 per cent of straight men orgasm during intercourse but only 65 per cent of straight women do.

Test: Cara took part in research to discover more about the ‘gender climax gap', a term used to describe why men are more likely to have an orgasm during sex than women

Test: Cara took part in research to discover more about the ‘gender climax gap’, a term used to describe why men are more likely to have an orgasm during sex than women

‘To be honest I think that sounds way too high, most of my straight female friends say it’s probably more like 15 or 20 per cent.

‘Lesbians and queer women definitely seem to have it better.’  

The experiment measured the levels of endocannabinoids in her system before and after orgasm.

Similar to the active molecule in cannabis, the chemical reduces anxiety, increases euphoria and amplifies the pleasurable response to sex.

Planet Sex With Cara Delevingne is on BBC3 at 10pm this Thursday.

For confidential 24/7 support in the UK, call Samaritans on 116 123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details 

Enriching: Cara said the documentary made her feel more connected to the LGBTQ+ community: 'I have a lot more queer friends now'

Enriching: Cara said the documentary made her feel more connected to the LGBTQ+ community: ‘I have a lot more queer friends now’

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