Los Angeles: Naomi Campbell has claimed that she is not just a "petulant diva", and only 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.
The catwalk queen was punished for attacking airline staff on a British Airways flight.
She also 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.
And now Campbell insists that she has calmed down since and learned to understand where her rage comes from.
In a candid interview with US talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, Campbell explained that 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,” Contactmusic quoted her as saying.
"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 behaviour... I`ve taken that it`s wrong,” she added.