Georgina Chapman is opening up about her estranged husband Harvey Weinstein for the first time since over 60 women accused him of sexual misconduct.
In an interview with Vogue, the fashion designer says she “was terribly naive” about the situation and that her main focus right now is their children, 7-year-old India Pearl and four-year-old Dashiell.
“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,” Chapman 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!”
When describing the days after the scandal broke last fall, the 42-year-old says it took two days for her to actually absorb the information.
“I lost ten pounds in five days. I couldn’t keep food down,” she described. “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.”
As The Blast reported, Chapman announced she was leaving Weinstein in October, issuing a statement reading, “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.”
When asked if she was ever suspicious of his behavior, she answered, “Absolutely not. Never.” Later in the interview, Chapman has an interesting answer when the Vogue interviewer asked about his state of mind: “Clearly when I was married to him I didn’t know anything about his state of mind, so I’m probably not the best person to ask.”
As far as she knew, up until The New Yorker article, they were in a “happy marriage.”
“That’s what makes this so incredibly painful: I had what I thought was a very happy marriage,” Chapman said. “I loved my life.”
“He’s a wonderful father to my kids,” she added. “He was a wonderful partner to me. He was a friend and a confidant and a supporter. Yes, he’s a big personality. . . . And . . . but . . . I don’t know. I wish I had the answers. But I don’t.”