"I saw her and heard her stories, stories that no one else has heard. The most important thing about her and her internal world was that she was lonely. There was no one who was really dear to her, except for her mother," the New York Daily News quoted Novgorodtsev, as saying.
Korshunova's mum, Valentina Kutenkova, who is in New York preparing to ship her daughter's body back to Almaty, Kazakhstan, for burial, told the Moscow-based Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper that Korshunova had problems in the past.
"She told me she had problems at work about a year ago, that she wanted to leave the modelling business. But lately, everything was normal. If she had problems with work, she would have told me," she said. Kutenkova did not go into detail, but friends of the model said Korshunova visited the Roza Mira Training Centre in Moscow in January and February, in search of peace.
Novgorodtsev said: "She had problems for months. She had a romance in Moscow, but nothing could happen because the young man was married." He further revealed that Korshunova was hard up for money, despite being a much-in-demand model who had graced the covers of top fashion magazines and lived in a luxury apartment on Water St.
"She was asking for money. Ten-thousand rubles would save her. That was 10 days before she committed suicide," Novgorodtsev said. Novgorodtsev said Korshunova hinted strongly she was being taken advantage of, but didn't mention who was doing so. "They barely paid her. She wasn't rich and all the money she had, she sent to her mother," he said.
A source close to the model from Roza Mira said Korshunova told them "she tried suicide five times in different ways." "She's tried it since she was 15, 16 years old. It was a loneliness that no one understood," the source added. While police and the medical examiner have ruled the model's death a suicide, her mother and friends still insist she would never have taken her life.