Naomi Oni made her first television appearance since her former friend, Mary Konye, was found guilty of throwing acid in her face.
The 21-year-old appeared on ITV’s This Morning today, talking openly about the life-changing attack.
She wore a black wig with a thick fringe, and spoke about how she felt when police asked her if she had thrown the acid on herself.
I was told there was no way of finding who this person was and after being questioned by the police and realising they were looking at me, trying to say that I done it to myself.
Knowing that someone had burnt your face, literally burnt you alive, that is horrific and to look at yourself in the papers and see something else.
Then to be told that you’ve done this to yourself – I had no clue what was going to happen to me. That should not have happened to me and I should not have been accused.
Naomi explained that she felt isolated throughout her ordeal and believes she didn’t recieve adequate support.
I felt like I was left alone. I felt like authorities and support teams that I should have been getting didn’t want to help in terms of my housing and I felt like someone has randomly attacked me, destroyed my life, taken my face, and now my whole life was being taken away from me.
I don’t feel like a normal young girl. I felt like “this has happened to you, deal with it” – it does make you feel suicidal.
Disguised in a Niqab, Mary Konye followed Naomi as she made her way home from work in December 2012. Out of jealousy, she disfigured her friend and even pretended to comfort her, showing up to Naomi’s surprise birthday party after the incident.
The morning of the day it happened. I remember that she messaged me and I spoke to her in the evening and told her what happened.
She seemed shocked and told me she wanted to come and see me in hospital.When I first had some surgery, I remember crying on the phone to her asking “who would do this to me, who hates me? I would never wish this on my worst enemy”.
She told me not to worry, that I’d be okay and she even attended my surprise birthday party and got me flowers and a gift card.
Naomi told Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that although Mary had changed her life, she had failed to destroy it.
How do I feel about her now? I think she’s a sad person. I think I will always be the person I was and no one can stop me from that.
And like I said before I even knew it was her, whatever the person tried to do, they failed, and I stand by it. She failed and will continue to be an amazing person.
Konye, was found guilty of the the acid attack at Snaresbrook Crown Court last week and will be sentenced next month.
Watch the full interview here.