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2002-May-21: More from the Stella McCartney Interview

The Saturday, May 18 issue of The Scotsman published another Chrissy Iley story based on her Paris interview with Stella McCartney. (see May 12)

In this article we learn that as a child, Stella played with frogs, never owned a doll and was bullied in school, which Stella says, "was good because it taught me that people are not always nice".

She also spoke of her fondness for Scotland:

 "I especially love Scotland. It only has happy memories for me. I think it's the most free and spirited place in the world. I partly grew up there."
Stella talked about her horse, Blanket:
 "He's a stallion and the most beautiful thing in the world. We breathe to each other, Horse and English. He's so beautiful, such a person."
Stella had less to say about her boyfriend, Alasdhair Willis:
"I don't really talk about relationships.  I'm just saying, before you ask, I can't talk about these people. He looks after me very well and that's it. He's a good person. I'm not one of those tortured souls that likes to punish myself. I don't throw things in arguments. I'm quite balanced. In a perfect day, I would eat in bed, watch telly, read, ride my horse, kiss my boyfriend."
Stella guarded her family's privacy even as a child.  On a beach in Barbados, she once spotted a photographer snapping pictures of her family:
 "I got so annoyed that I ran up to him and threw sand in his lens. We had to leave the country the next day because of what I'd done.
And now she is a celebrity in her own right:
 "I find it very hard to see how I'm perceived. I don't really understand my level of celebrity.  I get embarrassed when I shop. If I go into the supermarket, I can feel people looking at the checkout counter. What's she eating? That's why I go to organic shops where everyone is cool and healthy eating is nice and non-death. But designer shops, on the whole, I find unapproachable. You feel people thinking things about you."
Stella still seems sad when she talks about her mother.  She admits that it took her a long time to actually say the words "my mother died":
"My mum was really cool. You don't get chicks like that, high-profile wives like that, do you?  They're all so manicured. Even the ones trying to be punk have had tit jobs. My mum and dad had such a way of being comfortable with themselves, of not caring what people might think of them, which is my way of doing things. You see it in those old pictures. My mum cut her own hair, and if you see a photo of my dad with a crazy hairdo, she probably cut his too."
Stella enjoys visiting the American south-west her mother loved and where she died. She also takes pleasure in looking at her mother's photography work:
"It's as if I'm looking through her eyes and seeing what she saw, looking at life like she did."
She carries on her mother's anti-fur campaign.  Referring to the interviewer fur collar, Stella scolded:
 "You shouldn't do this, babe. Anyone who buys fur should be ashamed of herself. Stop it. It's disgusting, barbaric. You're not cool. I'm the only designer speaking out. Everyone else is in the fur team and I'm the rebel. I find it very wimpy of this industry because not one single designer actually knows what happens to those animals. It's terrible. It's very difficult to stand out in this cliquey little industry."
Stella still seems a bit insecure about her own success:
 "Whenever I've been given a pat on the back, I've always questioned it. Did they like me or did they like my dad's music? ... (but) he's my dad. I'm not going to tell him he can't come to my shows."
And what about all the gossip?
 "Ah yes. And I have two lesbian lovers. My supposed lover Sam (Taylor-Wood ) rang me to tell me the Daily Mail had called her my 'companion with choice of clothing with overtly masculine overtones'.

"I love women. I think women are great. Oh s**t. What did I say? I didn't mean that. I meant we're a great breed and should support each other."
 

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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