In his first interview since his disgraced exit from Dior in 2011, John Galliano has given a frank account of his struggles with drugs and alcohol. The designer opened up to Vanity Fair's contributing editor Ingrid Sischy in a piece that will hit the newsstands tomorrow. In it he says that at his lowest ebb, "I had all these voices in my head, asking so many questions, but I never for one second would admit I was an alcoholic. I thought I could control it."
He was wrong, as his illness led to the terrible outburst of racist vitriol, which was responsible for his downfall. Galliano confessed, “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 fucking angry and so discontent with myself that I just said the most spiteful thing I could.”
The designer's honesty has led many to start the process of forgiving with Sischy herself confirming his sincerity. She said: “It’s a good red flag when someone isn’t genuine, your stomach kind of tells you. My stomach was saying, ‘This is the real thing.’” WWD reports that the interviewer and Vanity Fair had been pursuing Galliano for two years since his sacking and subsequent admittance to rehab, with the designer only agreeing when he felt ready. The magazine was keen to run the story, but would only do so with Galliano's compliance. Sischy explained: “It was important to tell it the right way, and by the right way I mean with the cooperation of the person the story was about. It seemed to us that done the right way it could be a story that mattered. This isn’t just a story of a designer. It’s a story of successful people who run into trouble. It mattered to the magazine the story was told with John’s cooperation.”
The British designer claims rehab had a profound effect on him, telling Sischy, “I have rediscovered that little boy who had the hunger to create, which I think I had lost. I am alive.”
Sischy's verdict? "Get ready for his second act.”
Find out what our fashion director Susannah Frankel has to say about Galliano's interview.