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Naomi Campbell: I will treasure Nelson Mandela in my heart for the rest of my life

Naomi Campbell will 'treasure Mandela in my heart'. Photo: ITV News

Supermodel Naomi Campbell has told ITV News she will treasure Nelson Mandela's memory in her heart "for the rest of her life", as she attended a memorial service for the former South African president.

She told ITV News:

It's been an amazing service and everyone has come together.

Only Mr Mandela, Madiba, Tata, could bring everyone together like this.

I got to know him for 20 years and it's an honour and a blessing and I'm truly in awe and will always be eternally grateful.

Sharing, forgiving and a lot of things. he means a lot to me and I have a lot of wonderful memories...He is someone that I will treasure in my heart for the rest of my life.

It's about celebrating his life, we feel sad and grieve but it's not all I think he would want.

He wants us to celebrate his life and his legacy.

– Naomi Campbell

She has previously referred to Mandela as her "honorary grandfather" and spoken about how he helped her in her personal life.

Campbell and Mandela in 2001. Credit: Reuters

Singer Bono said that his thoughts were with the family and told ITV News he was honoured to be asked to attend:

The memorial to Mandela saw many celebrities from around the world gather including South African actress Charlize Theron.

Charlize Theron during Nelson Mandela National Memorial Service. Credit: Sydney Mahlangu/Sports Inc/Press Association Images

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