Patrizia Reggiani, the former wife of Maurizio Gucci.
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It’s hard not to listen when Patrizia Reggiani talks. The ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci – the man who was once the head of the Gucci fashion house – is cold, smart and was also accused of arranging the murder of her ex-husband. While they were still together, Maurizio had a long-standing affair with a woman named Sheree McLaughlin, which partially prompted him to leave Reggiani. Maurizio reportedly packed his bags, told Reggiani he was going on a business trip and never came back. On the day of his murder, Reggiani wrote a single word in her later seized diary: paradise. Greek for paradise.
Reggiani’s eccentricities are not limited to her ideas about murder and marriage. While she was in San Vittore Prison in Milan, her legal team convinced authorities to let Reggiani’s ferret live with her. The ferret, named Bambi, died after another inmate sat on him. Reggiani, of course, is reluctant to admit she was in prison, referring to her incarceration as “my stay at Vittore Residence.” With her twisted proverbs and cruel self-confidence, it’s easy to see why Lady Gaga remained the character of Patrizia for nine months during filming. House of Gucci.
In the Ridley Scott-directed film that follows Reggiani’s plot to kill Maurizio, Lady Gaga’s portrayal of “Lady Gucci” is as captivating as Reggiani herself, something Gaga has spoken about. “I don’t wish to glorify anyone who would commit murder,” Lady Gaga said earlier British Vogue. “But I do want to pay tribute to women throughout history who have become experts in survival and the unfortunate consequences of pain. I hope women will see this and remind themselves to think twice about the fact that people hurt and people hurt. And it’s dangerous. What happens to someone if they are pushed over the edge?”
With that in mind, here are some of the craziest things Patrizia Reggiani has said about wealth, her marriage to Maurizio, and life as Gucci. Buon appetito.
Perhaps one of Reggiani’s most famous sayings, “It’s better to cry in a Rolls-Royce than to be happy on a bicycle.”
by the GuardianWhen an Italian reporter asked why Reggiani had hired a hit man, she said, “My eyesight isn’t very good. I didn’t want to miss.”
“There was no hatred,” she told an Italian newspaper, according to the London Time. “I didn’t hate Maurizio, I never hated him. It was my irritation – he irritated me.”
In 2011, while Reggiani was still in prison, she turned down an offer of parole because it would have required her to get a job. “I’ve never worked in my life and I don’t plan to start now,” she is said to have told her lawyer. She accepted a later offer and was released on parole in 2016 when she started working for the Milan-based jewelry company Bozart.
During an interview in 2016 with the Guardian, the interviewer complimented Reggiani’s outfit, saying, “That’s a nice dress.” Reggiani replied, ‘It’s Zara. I don’t earn enough here to buy good clothes.” Then she cast ‘a disgruntled look’ at her employers at Bozart.
“I don’t like computers. They’re pretty bad,” she told the Guardian. According to the publication, her employers actually removed her computer from their internal network after Reggiani permanently deleted Bozart’s entire photo archive.
She once said, according to the book House of Gucci is based on: “Few women can really conquer a man’s heart. Fewer still manage to own it.”
In her diary, which was later collected as evidence, Reggiani is said to have written, “There is no crime that money cannot buy.”