Linda Evangelista reflects on the impact her fat-freezing 'ugliness' has had on her relationship with her son

Linda Evangelista reflects on the impact her fat-freezing ‘ugliness’ has had on her relationship with her son

Linda Evangelista recently shared how a rare side effect from a fat freezing procedure she underwent five years ago left her “brutally disfigured” and reclusive.

Now, the 56-year-old supermodel speaks of the devastating impact that the effects of CoolSculpting, which increased her fat cells rather than reduced them, had on her relationship with 15-year-old son Augustine James Evangelista.

‘[Augie] said: “Mommy, remember when you were funny? Remember when you laughed all the time? Why don’t you laugh anymore?” I hate what it did to my relationship with him,” she told PEOPLE.

Difficult: Linda Evangelista, 56, shared the devastating impact her fat-freezing procedure went wrong on her relationship with son Augustine, 15;  Evangelista pictured with Augustine in May 2014 in New York.

Difficult: Linda Evangelista, 56, shared the devastating impact her fat-freezing procedure went wrong on her relationship with son Augustine, 15; Evangelista pictured with Augustine in May 2014 in New York.

The fashion icon revealed that while she has always taught her son, whom she shares with billionaire François-Henri Pinault, 59 (who is now married to Salma Hayek), that looks are not an indication of beauty, she fails to apply that reasoning to her own occasion.

“It’s very important for me to raise him knowing he’s beautiful and knowing everyone is beautiful,” she said, adding, “It’s so confusing that I honestly believe it, except it doesn’t apply to me.” “.

The sensation on the podium hid her condition from loved ones, so as not to “burden” them.

Painful: '"Mommy, do you remember when you were funny?"she recalled her son's words, adding,

Painfully: “Mom, do you remember when you were funny?” she recalled her son’s words, adding, “I hate what this has done to my relationship with him.”

“I should not be a burden to my child. He doesn’t have to support me. It’s not his job, she said.

Evangelista explained that she went into hiding from the public eye after undergoing a cosmetic procedure that was designed to reduce fat cells but actually increased her fat cells and bulges began to appear all over her body.

“No one sees me,” she said, explaining that she mostly suffered in complete seclusion, leaving the house only to walk the dog or to her son’s school events.

Her truth: In a new interview with PEOPLE, the supermodel shared her nightmarish experience with CoolSculpting, after which she developed a rare side effect that caused her fat cells to increase rather than decrease.

Her truth: In a new interview with PEOPLE, the supermodel shared her nightmarish experience with CoolSculpting, after which she developed a rare side effect that caused her fat cells to increase rather than decrease.

The Canadian native finally told her story in September 2021 when she opened up about the horror of cosmetic surgery in an emotional Instagram post.

‘I told [Augie] he can hear something and he said he didn’t care that he was by my side,” she said of her son’s support.

Evangelista said she underwent seven sessions of the procedure between August 2015 and February 2016 and insists she was not warned about the rare side effect, which is why she is now suing.

Isolation: Isolation:

Isolation: “No one sees me,” she said, explaining that she mostly suffered in total seclusion; Pictured left in 2017, AFTER the procedure, and R on May 4, 2015.

A rare side effect called paradoxical fatty hyperplasia (PAH), which she was diagnosed with in June 2016, affects less than 1 percent of patients.

“He told me that no amount of dieting and no amount of exercise would help,” she recalled the words of her doctor.

The Vogue icon detailed how she “stopped eating” and thought she was going crazy when bulges began to appear on her chin, hips and bust area, and how she is now “afraid to run into someone she knows” after decades of sensation on the podium.

She said, “I loved being on the catwalk. Now I’m afraid to run into someone I know. I can’t live like this anymore, hiding and ashamed. I just couldn’t live with this pain anymore. I’m finally ready to speak.

Revelation: The Canadian native finally revealed her truth in September 2021 when she opened up about the horror of cosmetic surgery in an emotional Instagram post.

Revelation: The Canadian native finally revealed her truth in September 2021 when she opened up about the horror of cosmetic surgery in an emotional Instagram post.

Body image struggles: The runway sensation shared photos on social media that appeared to obscure her chin area.

Body image struggles: The runway sensation shared photos on social media that appeared to obscure her chin area.

Last September, she filed a lawsuit against CoolSculpting’s parent company, Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc, seeking $50 million in damages. Linda claims that after the procedures she could not work.

In June 2016, Linda underwent a full-body liposuction procedure for which she claims to have paid. In July 2017, she underwent liposuction again.

Linda said she had to wear a belt, chin strap, and compression stockings for eight weeks after her liposuction to prevent PAH from returning, but said the condition did return after her second liposuction.

The model says she can no longer look in the mirror because “it doesn’t look like me.”

Before: Model says she can't look in the mirror anymore because

Before: Model says she can’t look in the mirror anymore because “it doesn’t look like me”; Pictured in 2004 in Sydney, Australia.

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