About two years ago, pictures came out of Cara Delevingne and her then-girlfriend Ashley Benson giggling and laughing as they lugged a box containing a $700 sex bench into Cara’s home? People loved those pictures, but Cara did not. And it’s not because they exposed her as the sex bench-owning type. They gave away her home address, which isn’t great when you’re trying to live a life free of random internet creeps who know your exact location.
Personally, all I saw in those pictures were two gals about to have a whole lot of fun (and maybe a potential minor injury, in the event they assembled it wrong). But others saw evidence of where Cara lived. And if I’ve learned anything about the internet, it’s that if someone has enough time, determination, and access to Google Maps, they can solve even the most difficult celebrity personal life puzzles, like Cara Delevingne’s street address.
Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson are seen carrying a leather SEX BENCH into their Hollywood home https://t.co/avkryMyrKJ
— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) May 29, 2019
Cara recently spoke to Cosmopolitan about the sex toy company she co-owns, Lora DiCarlo, and they talked about that sex bench. Cara thinks the pictures are very funny, but that sex bench caused her a ton of headaches, and not because someone took a metal support bar to their head during use.
“The picture is hysterical,” says Cara, two years later. And sure, it’s funny now, but it did lead to security concerns (the front of her house was suddenly identifiable) and even break-ins. Eventually, she had to move out. And yet, for the most part, she says she still feels better able to shield herself and live her life in Los Angeles as opposed to her native England, where the tabloids and paparazzi are “so fucking mean.”
Having strangers know where you live is scary, and she’s not kidding about the break-ins. A few months after those pictures of the SEX BENCH were published, a 22-year-old man was arrested for misdemeanor trespassing after he was caught hopping over the wall to her home. The good news for Cara is that no creeps or weirdos will know where she currently lives. Well, so long as they don’t invent some kind of radar homing device that detects contractor-grade vagina tunnels.
It’s also very funny that Cara describes English tabloids as being so mean. She’s not technically wrong – The Daily Mail’s use of the all-caps SEX BENCH makes me imagine an uptight old British lady dropping her dainty teacup in extreme judgement. And for what? It’s just pictures of them moving a sex bench! There are way worse things the general public could see you doing. If Cara could go back and delete any example of her doing something embarrassing on camera, I bet she’d Men in Black mind-erase that video footage of herself singing that terrible celebrity cover of “Imagine.”