Karl Lagerfeld’s former confidant, Baptiste Giabiconi, has insisted that he wouldn’t have been mentioned in the designer’s will if the pair had been lovers.
The French model, 30, has contested rumors that he and Lagerfeld have something other than a father-son relationship in an interview with the YouTube channel Le QG.
He is said to be one of seven people who left a stake in the fortunes of Chanel and Fendi’s creative director, an estimated £ 178 million, when he died in February last year.
Speaking of his ‘special bond’ with Lagerfeld, Giabiconi has hit back at people who called him ‘Lagerfeld’s w ****’ and said his friendship with ‘the Kaiser’ wouldn’t last long if the pair had been lovers.
He called out his critics for their “horrific homophobia” and said sex was never part of his relationship with Lagerfeld.
French model Baptiste Giabiconi, 30, said he wouldn’t have appeared in the will of creative designer Fendi and Chanel Karl Lagerfeld if they had sex (pictured with Lagerfeld in 2013)
“I can guarantee that if I had had sex with Karl or had a romantic relationship with him, it would have withered pretty quickly,” said the model.
“And only one thing: who calls their w **** on their will?” he asked.
Elaborating on the bond that united the couple, Giabiconi said, “It’s a friendship that has continued over the years because it wasn’t based on any erotic or ambiguous sexual attachment.
“There were two pillars and we kept them separate: work, where we explored many things in the field of photos, and our father-son bond.”
The model, pictured in Paris in 2019, said he and Karl Lagerfeld kept their professional relationship and friendship separate
Giabiconi, met Lagerfeld in 2008 when he was an upcoming model. The designer quickly made him the face of Chanel, and the pair became inseparable and fueled rumors that Giabiconi was the designer’s toy boy.
The model and singer are now among the seven people who will inherit part of the designer’s wealth of £ 178 million.
It was long thought that the designer left all his € 200 million fortune to his beloved cat Choupette. However, the myth has since been debunked and seven beneficiaries have been identified.
But Giabiconi and the six other heirs, who count the designer’s close friends, his godson and his housekeeper, will have to wait to finally know who gets what.
Since the closure of his practice in late 2019, the designer’s trusted accountant has declined to answer the plaintiffs’ calls.
Lucien Frydlender, 87, is believed to be the only person with enough knowledge about Lagerfeld’s assets to assist him in his succession.
An inventory of the late designer’s assets is currently being compiled, including a bookshop, apartments in Paris and Monaco, his library and designer furniture.
Tensions have arisen between two heirs of Lagerfeld, his former muse and friend Baptiste Giabiconi and his right hand Sébastien Jondeau (left)
However, the process is complicated by the fact that Frydlender – who has in-depth knowledge of Lagerfeld’s assets – doesn’t include anyone, Le Parisien’s weekend supplement reported, according to Voici magazine.
Frydlander’s unnamed wife has defended her husband, explaining that he is not ‘running away to an island’, but just too sick to help with the will of the designer.
Tensions have arisen between two heirs of Lagerfeld, his former muse and friend Baptiste Giabiconi and his right hand Sébastien Jondeau.
Who was Karl Lagerfeld’s partner?
Despite rumors that Lagerfeld and Giabiconi were lovers, it was reported that the designer stopped dating 30 years after his 18-year-old friend’s tragic death in 1989.
Jacques de Bascher died at the age of 38 from complications from AIDS and left Lagerfeld with a broken heart.
Lagerfeld remained on the Bascher’s side until the end, even sleeping in a bed by his lover’s bed in the days before his death.
The couple had an unusual relationship in the sense that they were not having sex.
De Bascher was the well-known lover of the French designer Yves Saint Laurent.
Lagerfeld said in 2012 that he didn’t find sex very interesting and thought the topic was “overrated.”
Giabiconi, who was Choupette’s first owner and donated it to Lagerfeld, called herself the designer’s favorite.
There are seven important heirs to Karl Lagerfeld. My name is the highest on this list, I am the first heir. ‘
Giabiconi recently told French television that he had a “childlike relationship” with Lagerfeld after meeting him during a nude model session.
He said, “Because Karl was more interested in taste buds than sex, our relationship quickly became father-son.”
Le Parisien claimed that Giabiconi’s claim to the title led to ‘jealousy and disagreement’.
Meanwhile, in March, Voici magazine published an article claiming that the French model had lost contact with the designer before his death – stating that his heir is Jondeau.
“He’s not even on the list of people summoned to the notary for inheritance! the sources told Voici, insisting that Giabiconi and Lagerfeld had a falling out in recent years and were not in striking terms when the designer died.
Giabiconi quickly denied this and announced his intention to sue the publication for libel.
He went on to tell Le Parisien that none of Lagerfeld’s friends had dropped out – claiming that the designer would have “detested” reports claiming they had.
“We are all in the same boat,” he said. “We sail in the middle of the ocean and there is a beautiful sun and not the slightest storm.”