Georgina Chapman is speaking out for the first time since over 60 women accused her estranged husband Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.
In a profile for Vogue‘s June issue, the 42-year-old fashion designer describes the emotions she’s been dealing with since the scandal first broke last fall.
“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,” she emotionally explained. “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!”
Chapman claimed to the magazine that she “never” knew of her husband’s alleged behavior, making the revelations even more shocking.
“That’s what makes this so incredibly painful: I had what I thought was a very happy marriage. I loved my life,” she shared.
The Marchesa co-founder has been keeping a low profile since the scandal broke, canceling the runway show for the brand’s fall 2018 collection and calling her time out of the spotlight a “time for mourning.”
“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?’ “she said to Vogue. “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.”
In her June editor’s letter, Anna Wintour defended Chapman.
“I am firmly convinced that Georgina had no idea about her husband’s behavior; blaming her for any of it, as too many have in our gladiatorial digital age, is wrong. I believe that one should not hold a person responsible for the actions of his or her partner,” the fashion icon wrote. “What Georgina should be receiving is our compassion and understanding.”
Wintour also praised Scarlett Johansson’s decision to wear Marchesa at Monday night’s Met Gala during a visit to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Stephanie Petit