For the first time since her ex-husband was exposed as an alleged sexual predator, Georgina Chapman has spoken about how the scandal affected her career and her family.
In an interview with Vogue that features in the magazine this month, the fashion designer broke down crying when talking about her and Harvey Weinstein’s children, India, seven, and five-year-old Dashiell.
“I have moments when I just cry for my children. What are their lives going to be?” she told journalist Jonathan Van Meter, sobbing. “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!”
The 42-year-old New Yorker said it took her a while to process the news when in October last year and in the months that followed dozens of women shared their accusations of sexual harassment and abuse against her then-husband.
“At first I couldn’t [go to a therapist], because I was too shocked. And I somehow felt that I didn’t deserve it. And then I realised: This has happened. I have to own it. I have to move forward,” she said.
“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!”
Although “humiliated”, Georgina responded to the earliest revelation within a fortnight by announcing she was separating from her husband.
“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time,” she said in a statement to People in October.