updated 03/25/2010 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 03/25/2010 AT 11:15 AM ET
Maybe a little time off is all they needed.
“It was a half year for which I am very grateful,” the Israeli supermodel, 24, tells her country’s top-selling L’Isha magazine. “I needed it. I came to understand a lot of things about myself. ”
“I worked on myself [and] I grew up,” Refaeli says. “I didn’t know what ‘alone’ was like. Today I know that a relationship can work only if you know you can be alone and you are not afraid. Today I m not afraid of being alone.”
She may not be alone – but Refaeli and DiCaprio aren’t engaged either.