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NATURAL BEAUTY: Cameron Diaz has turned his back on Hollywood cinema (Image: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Hollywood beauty regimes are notoriously grueling, time-consuming and exorbitant. The stars spend hours each week exfoliating, moisturizing, beautifying and plumping, applying anti-aging creams, lasers, Botox and injectable fillers in a desperate pursuit of their rapidly receding youth. Not so Cameron Diaz. Or at least not anymore.

And the 49-year-old star of blockbuster films such as The Mask, There’s Something About Mary and Charlie’s Angels is happy to no longer be trapped for hours a day battling the ravages of time.

“Literally, the last thing I think about on a daily basis – maybe not at all during the day – is what I look like,” she revealed.

“I literally do nothing. I never wash my face.”

Yet without layers of makeup and artifice, she remains one of the most beautiful women in the world.

But don’t look for her in the next movies. Indeed, think about it again and you won’t remember seeing her in recent movies.

Quietly, without fanfare, Cameron Diaz left Hollywood eight years ago at the height of her success to focus on love, marriage and, later, parenthood.

Away from the public eye, she relishes her role as the loving wife of Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden and mother to their two-year-old daughter, Raddix.

Premiere of Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

Premiere of Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (Image: GETTY)

Leaving Hollywood, she believes, saved her life after heartbreak, career challenges and disastrous beauty treatments.

Diaz now looks back on years of being scrutinized under the lens of a camera, and hours spent in studio makeup chairs self-critically staring at her flaws in a mirror, and admits, “It’s toxic. You’re just starting to stand out.”

It all ended in 2014 when she left Hollywood without looking back.

“I’ve given more than half my life to the public,” she says, after rising to fame aged 21 in her 1994 film debut The Mask opposite Jim Carrey, following a modeling career successful.

“I feel like it’s good for me to take some time for myself now, reorganize myself and choose how I want to come into the world – if I choose to. I don’t miss playing.”

She was tired of being offered blonde bimbo roles in her 40s and was exhausted from the long hours of Hollywood – even earning £15m a film.

“I just decided that I wanted different things out of my life,” Diaz confessed during a 2020 chat with her friend Gwyneth Paltrow.

“I’ve been working so hard for so long, working, making movies, and it’s so hard. And I haven’t made room for my personal life.”

WITH THE FANS: Cameron Diaz at the Sex Tape premiere

WITH THE FANS: Cameron Diaz at the Sex Tape premiere (Image: GETTY)

Filming can be tough: “You’re there 12 hours a day for months. You don’t have time for anything else.”

Finally, she had had enough.

“I decided to quit making movies and really focus on my personal life, my personal relationships with my family, my friends,” she explained.

As she nears her 50th birthday in August, Diaz is embracing life away from the cameras. “For a long time, acting consumed his world,” an insider said. “Now she feels much more balanced and healthy.”

Another said: “Cameron is so content and happy in her bubble with Benji and their daughter.”

After eight years away from the Hollywood gaze, Diaz has happily gone wild.

“I’m like a wild animal, like a beast!” she told RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage on her Rule Breakers podcast earlier this month.

Diaz left Hollywood after six grueling months of shooting three consecutive films at the end of 2013: playing Miss Hannigan in the musical Annie, co-starring with Jason Segel in the comedy Sex Tape, and a vengeful mistress in The Other Woman. .

Cameron Diaz on the red carpet for the Australian premiere of Shrek the Third

Cameron Diaz on the red carpet for the Australian premiere of Shrek the Third (Image: GETTY)

Taking a break from the spotlight, she soon found herself caught up in a whirlwind romance with rocker Benji Madden, six years her junior, after years of broken romances with high-profile lovers.

Diaz had dated Matt Dillon for three years in the 90s; dated Oscar winner Jared Leto for four years before splitting in 2003; went on a fling with pop star Justin Timberlake; had another fling with Jennifer Aniston’s ex, British model Paul Sculfor; and dated American baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez before moving on to an engagement with Jennifer Lopez.

A hopeless romantic, Diaz confessed, “I’d rather have my heart broken a thousand times than never love at all. I have so much love to give.” She lavished it on Madden, the couple getting engaged seven months after meeting and getting married three months later in January 2015.

“I love being married,” Diaz confessed to close friend Gucci Westman in 2020. “The best thing that ever happened to me was finding my husband.”

WHIRLWIND ROMANCE: Diaz married Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden after just 10 months

WHIRLWIND ROMANCE: Diaz married Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden after just 10 months (Image: GETTY)

Although absent from Hollywood, Diaz has been busy, writing anti-aging guide The Longevity Book in 2016, a sequel to her 2013 beauty volume The Body Book.

She dedicated her most recent tome to husband Madden, writing, “I never knew what love was until I found you. How could I live without your love, your friendship, your brilliant mind, your awesome sense of humor and your enormous love, beautiful heart?”

The pair were introduced by reality TV star Nicole Richie, who is married to Madden’s twin brother Joel. The foursome are close friends, often hanging out at Diaz’s £16m mansion in Los Angeles. “But Cameron and Benji also make time for date nights and little trips,” a friend explains.

Diaz tries not to rely on nannies, preferring to be a busy mom, getting her hands dirty in the garden and cooking dinner for her family while she watches TV and Madden takes care of Raddix.

“He’s such an amazing dad,” Diaz says. “He puts it down and I go to the kitchen and pour myself a good glass of red wine. I start my cooking, I do my show, whatever it is.”

This glass of wine is often the product of his small parallel activity: the sale of organic wine under his Avaline label.

Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz

Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz (Image: GETTY)

Despite being 49, Diaz is open to expanding her family, most likely using a surrogate for the pregnancy, like they did when Raddix was born in 2020.

“Benji wants to have two more children, while Cameron leaves it to the universe,” says a friend.

“I love being a mom,” Diaz says. “I’m so grateful and so happy and it’s the best thing ever and I’m so lucky to be doing it with Benji and we’re having the best time.”

She is happy to have put the intense Hollywood spotlight on her appearance behind her. Diaz suffered from acne in her early films and admits, “I had terrible, terrible skin. It was embarrassing. I always felt bad about myself.”

Studios and critics aggravated it.

“Benji was disgusted,” says a friend. “Cameron is one of the most beautiful women in the world, and here she was being criticized for something beyond her control.”

Botox injections of Botox cured Diaz of the desire to find beauty patches in a needle, lamenting, “It changed my face in such a weird way.”

She is now content to age gracefully: “I would rather see my face age than a face that no longer belongs to me at all.

She’s even willing to dip her toe in Hollywood waters, in a cameo or a small supporting role.

Her only role in the past eight years is a five-second appearance in a zero-budget video short. And she couldn’t be happier.

“It’s been a fun journey that brought me here,” Diaz says.

“I just felt comfortable not knowing what’s going to happen. I have complete faith that things will work out.”