Galliano speaks – again

Sneak preview of his tell-all interview tonight

Post-Vanity Fair, it’s the interview we’ve all been waiting for. After news was confirmed that John Galliano would be speaking on US talk show host Charlie Rose’s show, the Twittersphere has been rife with speculation about how he’ll broach that anti-Semitic outburst that led to his dismissal from Dior.

Wait no longer: the interview will be broadcast in the UK tonight at 10pm on Bloomberg TV. Ahead of the airing, we’ve been given a few sneak peeks from the hour-long interview.


Those who are used to a Galliano in flamboyant fancy dress for the Met Ball are in for a shock. The designer is subdued, wearing a pale blue short and navy jacket.

When pushed by Rose – whose high-profile guests have included Hillary Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford – about his ‘hateful, vile, anti-Semitic’ outburst in a Paris café last year, Galliano says: ‘I apologise. And I am trying to make amends in the best way that I can.'


Opening up about his addiction, Galliano admits, ‘the drinking did creep up on me very slowly. It started cyclically. After each collection, after each creative high, there'd be this crash. And then were these – I used the drink to stop the voice.’ He suggests that at times he ‘was acting like God’.

Galliano also touches on the suicide of friend and colleague, Alexander McQueen. When asked by Rose if he understood it, Galliano claims rather mysteriously that he and McQueen are kindred spirits: ‘That loneliness, that pain, that – I mean, as addicts, we're in such perfection. We're setting that bar impossibly high. We don't understand why we're doing it. And people say 'wow, how are you going to top that?' And we're like, yeah, we're going to. Don't worry. That's what, you know, makes us wake up in the morning. I was very sad.’

Tune in tonight to hear more from the designer and let us know what you think @ELLEUK.

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