Vivienne Westwood is a treasured global fashion icon, but her rise to stardom wasn’t always so smooth.
In her upcoming eponymous memoir, the 73-year-old doyenne opens up about her rocky and enigmatic relationship with Malcolm McLaren, best known as the former manager of the Sex Pistols.
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“I didn’t want him for my boyfriend. He didn’t look after himself. And I started trying to cook for him a bit and stuff like that,” Vivienne writes. “And, well, that’s how it started. He wasn’t well one time and he didn’t have a bed.”
In her writing, the striking septuagenarian describes the relationship as a matter of circumstance. “So I made him sleep in my bed in the daytime to get over a fever, and he stayed in there for days and then he wouldn’t get out. And that was how we ended up having sex,” Vivienne adds.
The union would later give way to the Brit’s second child, Agent Provocateur co-founder Joseph Corré, but even carrying Malcolm's baby didn't spark the flames of love.
Vivienne reveals that amidst the chaos of being pregnant, she still didn’t want to be in a relationship with Malcolm. She writes, “The point is, I didn’t want Malcolm at first, but I did, in fact, end up getting pregnant by him. Even then, I didn’t really want him.”
While advancing her career, the fiery-haired designer says she wasn’t a fit mother.
“I neglected my children because I had to do certain things, which meant that I couldn’t be there for them – in order to do ‘fashion,’ because, at that time, I thought fashion was a kind of crusade,” she pens in her upcoming memoir.
Vivienne Westwood will be in book stores on Oct. 9.