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

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

My thoughts and love go out to the Mandela family. Rest in Peace Madiba. You will be missed, but your impact on this world will live forever


There will never be words to say what I'm feeling right now. I am saddened to the depths of my soul. Truly.