For the first time, Georgina Chapman is speaking out about her estranged husband, Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct, including rape. (Weinstein denies allegations of nonconsensual sex).
In an interview with Vogue, Chapman maintains she never knew anything was amiss.
- “That’s what makes this so incredibly painful: I had what I thought was a very happy marriage. I loved my life,” she said, adding, “I’ve never been one of those people who obsesses about where someone is.”
- Chapman reveals that she was shocked when she heard the allegations: “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.”
- She continues, saying she is concerned about her two childrens’ future: “There was a part of me that was terribly naive — clearly, so naïve. 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. What are their lives going to be? What are people going to say to them? It’s like, they love their dad. They love him. I just can’t bear it for them.” (Weinstein, 66, and Chapman, 42, share India 7, and Dashielli, 5).
- The Marchesa designer says she spent the first five months following the reports of Weinstein’s behavior in hiding with her close friend, actor David Oyelowo and his wife in London, and then her parents.
- Chapman left Weinstein in October and reportedly received an eight-figure settlement in January after 10 years of marriage. She adds that she still sees good in him.
- “Well, he’s a wonderful father to my kids,” she said. “But initially? 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. … He was a wonderful partner to me. He was a friend and a confidant and a supporter.”
- Vogue editor Anna Wintour devoted her editor’s letter to Chapman and spoke out on her behalf, urging fans to not punish her for her husband’s misbehavior.
- On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Wednesday night, Wintour applauded Scarlett Johansson for being the first star to wear a Marchesa design to a high-profile event.
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