"I cry for our children."
The estranged wife of Harvey Weinstein and Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman has spoken publicly about what it was like to live through her husband's scandal.
Harvey Weinstein's now estranged wife has spoken publicly for the first time since his sexual assault allegations came to light, and the designer says she had no idea about the incidents.
"I had what I thought was a very happy marriage. I loved my life," she told the June issue of American Vogue, adding that she felt "humiliated and broken" when the world's spotlight was turned on Weinstein and the more than 90 women who said they were assaulted by him.
The designer, who co-founded fashion label Marchesa, has two children with the now disgraced film mogul who she married in 2007. She announced her divorce on 10 October 2017, directly after the accusations threw Hollywood into a whirlwind and the #MeToo movement was in full force. Up until that moment, however, she was blissfully unaware of the behaviours of her husband, who was also said to have blackmailed actresses into wearing his wife's designs on the red carpet, attributing to the Marchesa label's success.
Since that time, Chapman has been a virtual recluse and fashion label Marchesa, once an A-listers go-to for red carpet events, was boycotted by celebrities at The Golden Globes and The Oscars despite the designer making every effort to distance herself from Weinstein.
As well as breaking her silence with the US glossy magazine, Marchesa also made a return to the spotlight when film star Scarlett Johansson wore a flowing red and pink gown to the much-hyped Met Gala this week. It was a move criticised by some, but which Vogue editor-in-chief and Met Ball host Anna Wintour fully supported.
“I totally agree with that,” Wintour said on US television. “Georgina is a brilliant designer and I don’t think she should be blamed for her husband’s behavior.
“I think it was a great gesture of support on Scarlett’s part to wear a dress like that, a beautiful dress like that, on such a public occasion."
Chapman's glossy shoot and interview teamed with the dress label's revival on the red carpet could mark a turning point for the British designer, who admits she lost "ten pounds in five days" when news of her husband's misconduct broke. While she is determined to move forward with her life and her business, she says the last six months have been painful and conflicting for her.
“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. What are their lives going to be? What are people going to say to them?"