Noemie Lenoir is finally speaking on why she attempted to take her life a year ago:
Last year the fashion industry was shocked when the former face of Marks and Spencer, Noémie Lenoir attempted to commit suicide in Paris. The stunningly beautiful model, now 31, has broken her silence over that dark time. In an interview published today, the mother of one reveals: ‘People say, “How could she do it, how could she try and kill herself, didn’t she think about her son?” But they don’t understand. I love my son so much. ‘But I didn’t think I was good enough, I thought I was poison. Poison for me and poison for him.
When I was depressed I felt like I was poisoning his life by being in it. I thought he would be better with his dad and my mum to look after him,’ she told the Guardian Weekend magazine. Nine months ago the model, who has also modelled for Next, Victoria’s Secret and Tiffany & Co., took an overdose of pills at the Paris home of her ex-partner, Claude Makélélé. She had recently moved back to Paris to attempt to reconcile with the footballer, who is the father of her six-year-old son Kelyan. She phoned a friend after taking the lethal dose, but fled to a forest when she realised the friend would call paramedics. Noémie was discovered by a passerby and ended up in hospital in a coma for a week.
Speculation swirled about what drove the beautiful model to take such a step, including that her four-year contract with M&S had ended weeks before the incident. But now she has set the record straight. Miss Lenoire admits: ‘I did something really, really stupid. ‘I came straight from New York to living in Claude’s house, and I really wanted it to work, and it didn’t work out. He hurt me… so I decided… I don’t know how to say this.
It was like a bad, bad depression, a very deep depression. I felt really alone.’Reports earlier this month suggested she was romantically involved with actor Jean-Paul Rouve, star of the 2007 Edith Piaf biopic La Vie En Rose, but she has dismissed the rumors. Instead, Noémie says she has stepped outside the industry and is dating a Jewish doctor.
Wow. That depression is no joke. Glad she is back healthy and in good spirits.