Georgina Chapman, the estranged wife of Harvey Weinstein, has broken her silence after leaving the Hollywood mogul late last year. The British fashion designer, 42, has stayed away from the media since her former husband’s violent, predatory past was revealed. Now, she has opened up to Vogue about life after Harvey.
“I don’t want to be viewed as a victim, because I don’t think I am. I am a woman in a shit situation, but it’s not unique”, she said. “What makes this so incredibly painful [is] I had what I thought was a very happy marriage. I loved my life.” And she never suspected her husband of infidelity. “Absolutely not. Never… He was a wonderful partner to me. He was a friend and a confidant and a supporter.”
Chapman hasn’t been out publicly for six months, admitting that she was too embarrassed and shell-shocked. “I was so humiliated and so broken…I…didn’t think it was respectful to go out,” she confessed. “I thought, Who am I to be parading around with all of this going on? 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.”
Ultimately, Chapman says it’s her children she is thinking about going forward. “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?” She asks. “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 has been accused of rape, sexual assault, and harassment over the past three decades by dozens of women around the world.