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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is one of the most beautiful women in the world, but things haven't always been so pretty for her mentally.

In a new interview with Elle magazine, the former Victoria's Secret "Angel" said she used to suffer from terrible anxiety.

"It's a horrible feeling," told the mag for the January 2017 issue. "There was one particular time when I had terrible anxiety attacks. But I got through it."

Although she didn't specify when that time was, she said, "Those rough patches are always times you can look back on and in hindsight, you can be quite proud of … It gives you a deeper understanding of yourself."

Time can also be a friend to weed out nonsense that is taking up too much time in your life.

"Each year, that understanding gives me so much more," she said. "It's true what they say: you get more confident, and grounded..."

One place she finds solace in is the gym, but don't expect her to ever be working out with her actor fiance Jason Statham, whom she met during her first foray into acting in 2011 (they've been together since).

"Going to the gym is my time, I don't want to be distracted and don't want to be goofing around," she said. "It's a time when I feel I need to be focused on myself because it's like a form of meditation."

She adds, "I don't like to be told what to do by my other half. If he's like, "Do another squat," I'm like "No!'"

Her body certainly reaps the rewards of her workouts and she likes how her body feels in active wear, thanks to her fitness.

"I love to see my posture and physicality: seeing my body doing the things it's supposed to do," she said. "I feel there are a lot of different things a woman's body is expected to be, but my favorite way to see mine is when it's being physical. That's when I feel my sexiest and most powerful."