Naomi Campbell insists she's not a "petulant diva" who throws phones at maids and slaps drivers when she doesn't get her own way - she just gets angry when people she trusts let her down.

The supermodel has had to address her anger issues professionally after a series of well-publicised outbursts.

She was punished for attacking airline staff on a British Airways flight and pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless assault against her employee Ana Scolavino, and was sentenced to five days community service in New York and ordered to attend two days of anger management classes in January 2007.

She insists she has calmed down since and learned to understand where her rage comes from.

Speaking candidly to talk show queen Oprah Winfrey as part of a program which aired on Monday, Campbell explained she often sees "red" when those close to her disrespect her and then she sees "nothing" as anger takes over.

She told Winfrey she's not just a bad-tempered diva: "It comes from a deeper place than that with me. It comes from another type of emotional disorder because it's not just, if I don't get what I want I throw... It comes from, I think, an abandonment issue and it comes from also trying to just build up a family around me that's not my immediate family and if I feel a mistrust, then... all my cards go down.

"I think it's also a fear issue because anger comes from fear... It's not an excuse, I don't have an excuse for my behavior... I've taken that it's wrong."

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