Nemcova Moves on Post-Tsunami, Without Boyfriend
July 20, 2005
Supermodel Petra Nemcova has come a long way since that devastating tsunami hit, and now, the amazing survivor is coming straight to "Extra."
"I can't even believe that it has been seven months already," Nemcova admitted. "It seems not long ago. Lots of exciting things are happening, so I'm very happy."
Nemcova opened up to our Tanika Ray about her new outlook on life since the tragic loss of boyfriend, photographer Simon Atlee. "I do get signs [that he's with me]," Nemcova revealed. "He's always connected to me. I lost the love of my life, but now I live for both of us."
Nemcova spent several challenging months recovering from a shattered pelvis and learning how to walk all over again after the tsunami hit. And while she says she is now 98 or 99 percent healed, she admitted, "Everyday was a new challenge to be able to just sit down or to move my legs."
The supermodel recently went back to Thailand, of which she told us, "It was a very hard experience because the place over there I couldn't recognize it. The whole landscape has changed. It looks like a cemetery."
Now Nemcova is reaching out to other victims, including the more than 1,200 children who were left orphaned after the disaster. "The hardest thing was to see this blank look in the eyes of those children," she admitted. "They don't look at you, they look through you. It was very heart breaking."
So to help the cause, Nemcova created the charity Happy Hearts Fund, which rebuilds schools and dormitories.
"The second thing, which I find very important as well, is to help emotionally and psychologically to bring those stars back in their eyes," Nemcova said.