In 2011, she attempted suicide at Claude’s home during one of their on-again periods.
She had a rocky relationship with French football player Claude Makelele, with whom she had a son, Kelyan, in 2005.
At one point he describes breaking down after receiving a letter from his parents, passed on by a kind German soldier, telling him that their town had been ‘cleansed of Jews’ and that ‘like other transports before us we are probably going to the extermination at Auschwitz’.
Ernst was finally liberated in Bavaria by American soldiers on 30 April 1945.
On 3 June 2004, she was one of the telecast judges during the 53rd annual Miss Universe competition in Quito, Ecuador. On 7 July 2007, she was a presenter at the American leg of Live Earth.
In 2005, Němcová published her autobiography Love Always, Petra (ISBN 0446579130).