Kanye West saved my life, says Amber Rose

Updated: Jun 22, 2010, 08:53 AM IST

London: Rapper Kanye West`s on-off girlfriend Amber Rose has praised him for "saving" her life and helping to kick-start her modelling career.

Rose grew up in poverty in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but shot to fame last year when she began dating West and the couple became a mainstay at red carpet events, reports contactmusic.com.

The couple, who briefly split last summer, were recently rumoured to have parted ways once again - but that hasn`t stopped the model from crediting the hip-hop star with boosting her career opportunities.

"Honestly, Kanye saved my life, and I don`t even think about what I would have been; I just think about what I`m going to be," she told YRB Magazine.

Rose refuses to let her newfound star status inflate her ego and she`s constantly amazed when fans recognise her on the street.

"I don`t look at myself as a celebrity. I`m just a dope chick from South Philly! I mean, it`s crazy when fans come up to me and cry and just want a hug from me. It bugs me out! But it`s really cool," she said.

But the constant paparazzi presence has begun to irk her and she struggles with anxiety every time a photographer is near.

"Sometimes it does get overwhelming because, for example, I like to be on the beach with my man with no top on. I`m very comfortable with my body. But there`s no privacy - that`s the only thing that overwhelms me. Every time I see a light flash, I think it`s the paparazzi. Those f****** give me anxiety."

Rose landed a contract with top modelling agency Ford Models last summer after posing nude with West to promote his new sneaker line with Louis Vuitton.