After the controversy surrounding Harvey Weinstein surfaced in October, his now ex-wife Georgina Chapman retreated from the spotlight. As the devastating allegations of sexual misconduct piled up, the Marchesa designer waited some five months before making a public appearance. And when she first met with a Vogue reporter in February, she appeared understandably flustered to the reporter. Still, the designer was willing — if hesitant — to make some candid remarks about life as she knows it now.
When asked about her decision to refrain from making public appearances for five months, Chapman said: "I was so humiliated and so broken . . . that . . . I, I, I . . . didn’t think it was respectful to go out. I thought, Who am I to be parading around with all of this going on? It’s still so very, very raw. I was walking up the stairs the other day and I stopped; it was like all the air had been punched out of my lungs.”
Chapman has been seeing a therapist, though it took her some time to commit to that. "At first I couldn’t, because I was too shocked. And I somehow felt that I didn’t deserve it. And then I realized: This has happened. I have to own it. I have to move forward." She added: "There was a part of me that was terribly naive — clearly, so naive. I have moments of rage, I have moments of confusion, I have moments of disbelief! And I have moments when I just cry for my children."
On the topic of the two children she shares with Weinstein — India, 7, and Dashiell, 5 — What are their lives going to be?” She has been crying through most of this, and now she breaks down into sobs loud enough that her assistant appears with a box of tissues. “What are people going to say to them?” She is crying so hard she has to take a moment. “It’s like, they love their dad. They love him.”
When asked about her immediate reaction to the daming New York Times and New Yorker profiles that were released on Weinstein in October, Chapman said: "[I] lost ten pounds in five days. I couldn’t keep food down ... My head was spinning. And it was difficult because the first article was about a time long before I’d ever met him, so there was a minute where I couldn’t make an informed decision. And then the stories expanded and I realized that this wasn’t an isolated incident. And I knew that I needed to step away and take the kids out of here."
Of her former marriage with Weinstein, the designer said: "That’s what makes this so incredibly painful: I had what I thought was a very happy marriage. I loved my life.” She added that she never had any suspicions about her husband's behavoir: “Absolutely not. Never,” she said. "For one thing, he traveled constantly. And I’ve never been one of those people who obsesses about where someone is.”
Chapman also opened up about what first drew her to the disgraced producer. "He’s charismatic. He’s an incredibly bright, very learned man. And very charitable. He paid for a friend of mine’s mother, who had breast cancer, to go to a top doctor. He was amazing like that. He is amazing like that. That is the tough part of this . . . this black-and-white thing . . . life isn’t like that."
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