Kaia Gerber was ‘lonely’ and mental health suffered but therapy helped

Kaia Gerber’s ‘lonely’ world: ‘Shy’ model says work took a toll on her mental health but therapy helped: ‘I’m only 21… I’ve lived a whole life already’

Cindy Crawford‘s brunette bombshell daughter Kaia Gerber, 21, started modeling as a teen which forced her to travel alone all around the world while her parents stayed in Malibu.

And in the February issue of Elle, which she has posed for the cover of, the beauty shared that sometimes she felt ‘lonely’ without her family nearby which impacted her mental health, but now she is working from home more. She added it helps to have a therapist as well.

‘I’m only 21, and I feel like I’ve lived a whole life already,’ the Marc Jacobs model told the fashion magazine. 

Solo road: Kaia Gerber , 21, started modeling as a teen which forced her to travel all around the world while her parents stayed in Malibu. In the February issue of Elle the beauty shared that sometimes she felt 'lonely' without her family nearby which impacted her mental health

Solo road: Kaia Gerber , 21, started modeling as a teen which forced her to travel all around the world while her parents stayed in Malibu. In the February issue of Elle the beauty shared that sometimes she felt ‘lonely’ without her family nearby which impacted her mental health

But she remained a pro when working full time as a teenager. Kaia recalled: ‘Even when I was really tired, or wanted to go home, or felt lonely, I would remind myself how lucky I was.’ 

Kaia learned a lot while traveling to places like Paris and Milan for her job.

‘Having the opportunity to travel taught me so much from such a young age,’ said the girlfriend of Austin Butler.

‘I got this really amazing education,’ added the high school graduate.

And now she has a career to look back on at age 21.

‘I have this catalog of images that has recorded my growing up. You’re growing, and you’re changing: your body, what you like, your taste. Being surrounded by so many creatives shaped my taste. I’m very much an observer, and I retain a lot,’ she added.

She is better now: The star shared that she has a therapist these days. 'I'm only 21, and I feel like I've lived a whole life already,' the Marc Jacobs model told the fashion magazine

She is better now: The star shared that she has a therapist these days. ‘I’m only 21, and I feel like I’ve lived a whole life already,’ the Marc Jacobs model told the fashion magazine 

Mommy Cindy was there to coach the young model.

Some of the wisdom Cindy imparted to Kaia included: ‘Be on time. Take the time to learn people’s names, and be nice to everyone. If you’re not grateful and happy to be there, there’s someone who would be.’

But she found friends in the modeling industry to lean on, and she didn’t see the cattiness or competitiveness she had been warned about.

‘I fell into the trap of believing that,’ said Kaia of the catfights on the catwalk that she feels don’t really exist.

‘Especially at that time, I was really shy,’ noted the star who booked huge jobs at 18.

Wise words: But she remained a pro when working full time as a teenager. Kaia recalled: 'Even when I was really tired, or wanted to go home, or felt lonely, I would remind myself how lucky I was.' Kaia learned while traveling to places like Paris and Milan for her job

Wise words: But she remained a pro when working full time as a teenager. Kaia recalled: ‘Even when I was really tired, or wanted to go home, or felt lonely, I would remind myself how lucky I was.’ Kaia learned while traveling to places like Paris and Milan for her job

‘I kept to myself, and I was nervous. You’re coming from high school girls who are so scary, and so I assumed that that would be the culture. I got lucky meeting incredible people from all over the world who took me under their wing. I felt so much comfort in having this family away from my own family,’ noted the cover girl.

Some of her models friends are Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber.  

But she was able to reconnect with her family during lockdown from Covid.  

‘Honestly, it came at a time when I really needed it, and it was a really difficult time in the world, but I really had reached a point where I just felt like I was falling out of love with it [modeling], and I didn’t know that you could ask for a break,’ said the star.

In the new Alaia ads: 'Having the opportunity to travel taught me so much from such a young age,' said the girlfriend of Austin Butler. 'I got this really amazing education,' added the high school graduate

In the new Alaia ads: ‘Having the opportunity to travel taught me so much from such a young age,’ said the girlfriend of Austin Butler. ‘I got this really amazing education,’ added the high school graduate

‘I was forced to stop, and I realized how badly I needed one. 

‘When you’re being told what to do every day, you don’t have time to sit and reflect. But I had gone through so many changes and had so many massive things happen to me over the years that I was modeling. 

‘I had four or five years of processing to do,’ noted the California native.

‘I felt so lucky that I got to be with my family because I’d spent so much time away from them, and I realized I had so much guilt about missing birthdays and things. I had been traveling since I was a teenager, and so I got to develop an adult relationship with my family.’  

It was a healing time for her.

Lockdown allowed her to chill out: 'I was forced to stop, and I realized how badly I needed one. When you're being told what to do every day, you don't have time to sit and reflect. But I had gone through so many changes,' she told Elle

Lockdown allowed her to chill out: ‘I was forced to stop, and I realized how badly I needed one. When you’re being told what to do every day, you don’t have time to sit and reflect. But I had gone through so many changes,’ she told Elle

‘I developed so much deeper relationships in my life, and also a connection to myself. When you’re forced to sit with yourself, all of a sudden, you’re aware of all the stuff you haven’t dealt with. 

‘There wasn’t communication happening between me and myself, and I felt out of body sometimes. Once I developed that, I was like, “This isn’t something I want to give up.”

‘My personal life and my mental health are not something I’m willing to sacrifice for my job ever again. Right now, I’m getting to work at home, which is a beautiful thing, and not traveling all the time. I come home, and I’m with my dog. I have friends, and I’m cooking dinner. I see my therapist, and I see my family.’

Kaia is also pursuing a movie career. She was in American Horror Stories, and, more recently, had a small part with Brad Pitt in Babylon. Next is Bottoms with Ruby Cruz for director Emma Seligman. 

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