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June 5, 2013 12:03 pm

Designer Galliano Conducts First Interview About Anti-Semitic Rant: ‘It’s the Worst Thing I Have Said in My Life’

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Fashion designer John Galliano has opened up in his first interview since the anti-Semitic comments he made in 201o that led to his dismissal from fashion house Dior, as well as a conviction in a Paris court for “public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity.”

“It’s the worst thing I have said in my life, but I didn’t mean it. . . . I have been trying to find out why that anger was directed at this race. I now realize I was so f****** angry and so discontent with myself that I just said the most spiteful thing I could,” Galliano told Vanity Fair Magazine in an interview for its July issue.

Galliano said that he was at such a low point at the time because of drinking and drug abuse that “I was going to end up in a mental asylum or six feet under.”

In fact, Galliano had such a history of drug dependency that he told Vanity Fair this was the first interview he’d ever given sober.

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Galliano also told Vanity Fair that he couldn’t recall having made the anti-Semitic remarks, which were caught on video, only that when he learned of the matter he was horrified.

“When everyone came over to tell me that I had done these terrible things, I was walking round and round and round not really knowing what had gone down. My assistant told me about the video. When I saw it, I threw up. The feeling was like I was about to take a step out onto the street and a bus or truck whooshed past me and the blood was drained from my legs. I was paralyzed from the fear.”

But Galliano also expressed his appreciation for what occurred, saying, “it sounds a bit bizarre, but I am so grateful for what did happen. I have learned so much about myself. I have re-discovered that little boy who had the hunger to create, which I think I had lost. I am alive.”

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  • Bathsheva Gladstone

    He’s alive, as are we all. I’m alive and free to buy Israeli and Jewish haute couture.