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Winona Ryder felt ‘part of her life was over’ following 2001 shoplifting scandal

Winona Ryder has confessed to feeling “part of my life was over” as she reflected on the “cruel” tabloid culture of the early 2000s.

The 50-year-old actress made headlines after she was caught shoplifting at Saks Fifth Avenue department store in Beverly Hills in 2001, after which she was found guilty.

She made the confession to accompany a beautiful cover shoot for Harper’s Bazaar‘s July 2022 issue, in which she sees a smart figure in a black blazer suit.

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“There was a lot of meanness out there!” Winona Ryder has admitted she felt ‘part of her life was over’ after falling victim to ‘cruel’ tabloids following her 2001 shoplifting scandal

When attacked by the press during the scandal, the Stranger Things star said: “I absolutely backed down. I was in San Francisco. But I didn’t get any offers either. I think it was a very mutual breakup.

“It’s so interesting when you look at the early children. It was kind of a cruel time.

“There was a lot of meanness out there… And then I remember coming back to LA and — it was a rough time. And I didn’t know if that part of my life was over.’

Oops!  The 50-year-old actress made headlines after she was caught shoplifting at Saks Fifth Avenue department store in Beverly Hills in 2001, after which she was found guilty (pictured in 2002)

Oops! The 50-year-old actress made headlines after she was caught shoplifting at Saks Fifth Avenue department store in Beverly Hills in 2001, after which she was found guilty (pictured in 2002)

She shocked Hollywood when she was caught shoplifting at a Beverly Hills department store in 2001.

Winona was eventually convicted of stealing designer items worth nearly £4,000 from an exclusive department store.

She was found guilty of grand theft and vandalism, but not guilty of second-degree burglary on Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills on December 12.

During her shopping expedition, she bought several items, but stole many more.

Stunning: She made the confession to accompany a gorgeous cover shoot for the July 2022 issue of Harper's Bazaar, in which she cut an oversized blue skirt

Stunning: She made the confession to accompany a gorgeous cover shoot for the July 2022 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, in which she cut an oversized blue skirt

Her loot of stolen goods included designer hats, tops, socks, bags and hair accessories ranging in price from £10 to £500.

She also stole a white Gucci dress worth just over £1,000.

Shortly after arriving in Saks on December 12, Ryder bought a pair of Gucci shoes worth around £200.

She spent a total of more than an hour and a half in the store and on a security videotape that the jury had seen, she wandered around and grabbed arms full of designer clothes.

Candid: When the press was targeted after the millennium, the Stranger Things star said,

Candid: When the press was targeted after the millennium, the Stranger Things star said, “I absolutely backed off. I was in San Francisco. But I didn’t get any offers

She caught the attention of Saks’ security boss Kenneth Evans when she knelt and stuffed several hair accessories and socks into a hat she was wearing.

The star of The Girl, Interrupted enjoyed a quiet few years after her conviction, but was unable to turn her back on acting.

Now in a happy relationship with her long-term partner Scott Mackinlay Hahn, she gushed over the pair ‘connecting on so many levels’

Winona revealed how she “loves it” that the fashion designer, 51, who she has been with since 2011, is not in the acting business, but they have ‘so much in common’.

Revealing: 'It's so interesting when you look at the early years.  It was kind of a cruel time.  There was a lot of meanness out there…”

Oh no!  “And then I remember coming back to LA and — it was a rough time.  And I didn't know if that part of my life was over'

Revealing: ‘It’s so interesting when you look at the early years. It was kind of a cruel time. There was a lot of meanness out there… And then I remember coming back to LA and – it was a rough time. And I didn’t know if that part of my life was over’

Uh oh: Winona was eventually convicted of stealing designer items worth nearly £4,000 from an exclusive department store

Uh oh: Winona was eventually convicted of stealing designer items worth nearly £4,000 from an exclusive department store

She said, “It was amazing that he’s not in this business. I really tried to keep it quiet.’

The Golden Globe winner remembered their first meeting and reflected on how he didn’t even recognize her despite her worldwide fame.

She joked, “He thought I was Milla Jovovich. He told me I was great at The Fifth Element.”

Speaking of pressure from young movie stars to cement their place in Hollywood, Winona said, “This company is brutal. You’re constantly working, but when you want to take a break, they tell you, “If you slow down, it stops.” And then it slowed down.

Wow!  Winona was eventually convicted of stealing nearly £4,000 worth of designer items from an exclusive department store

Wow! Winona was eventually convicted of stealing nearly £4,000 worth of designer items from an exclusive department store

Moving on: Now in a happy relationship with her long-term partner Scott Mackinlay Hahn, she gushed about the pair 'connecting on so many levels'

Moving on: Now in a happy relationship with her long-term partner Scott Mackinlay Hahn, she gushed about the pair ‘connecting on so many levels’

Looks good: Winona was photographed by Dan Martensen and styled by Caroline Newell for the gorgeous cover

Looks good: Winona was photographed by Dan Martensen and styled by Caroline Newell for the gorgeous cover

“So then you hear, “It’s going to be impossible to come back.” And then that changes to, “You’re not even part of the conversation.” For example, it was brutal.’

Since 2016, Winona has starred in the Netflix hit Stranger Things along with teenage actors Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Noah Schnapp.

On the advice she gives them, she told the magazine, “I want the kids to understand, this isn’t happening,” about a show so timely that people are screaming for your attention.

‘This is really unusual. And I always tell them, “The work is the reward!” Because when I was that age, it was so hard to enjoy the fruits of my labor.’

It follows reports that Winona feels that Scott is her soul mate, according to UsWeekly

Couple: Winona revealed how she

Couple: Winona revealed how she “loves it” that the fashion designer, 51, she’s been with since 2011, isn’t in the acting business, yet has “so much in common” (pictured May 2022)

But while they are on very good terms, they have no plans to get married and have children, the insider added.

The source said: ‘They may eventually get married, but it’s never been a priority, nor has it been to start a family. [Winona] loves what they have and [they] are completely satisfied.’

Winona has an interesting love life as she was engaged to Johnny Depp in the early 1990s and dated Matt Damon in 2000.

She has also been associated with Val Kilmer (2005), Pete Yorn (2001), Jimmy Fallon (2000), David Duchovny (1996), David Pirner (1994-1996), Christian Slater (1988) and Rob Lowe (1986) .

Talented: The Girl, Interrupted star enjoyed a quiet few years after her conviction but couldn't turn her back on acting (pictured in 2002)

Talented: The Girl, Interrupted star enjoyed a quiet few years after her conviction but couldn’t turn her back on acting (pictured in 2002)

The insider added: “Winona has found her soul mate in Scott, who is a true gentleman and super successful, but likes to fly under the radar and enjoy his success in a quiet way like her,” the source added. .

“They spend their time up north, near San Francisco, although she does commute back and forth to LA for work and to see friends, and she often takes him with her.”

And Winona loves a committed relationship.

“I’m a serial monogamist,” the actress said Net-a-Porter’s The Edit in 2016.

‘I was single and dating for a while and I just didn’t know how to do it! I’ve always been like that. But getting married? I don’t know.’

“I’d rather never be married than get divorced a few times. Not that there’s anything wrong with divorce, but I don’t think I could do it if that was a possibility,” Ryder said.

“When your parents have been madly in love for 45 years, your standards are really high.”

Winona has stared at the Netflix hit with teenage actors including Millie Bobby Brown since 2016, advising them: 'I want the kids to understand, this isn't happening'

Pals: Winona (left) has starred on Stranger Things with teenage actors including Millie Bobby Brown (right) since 2016 and revealed she gives them advice all the time (pictured in 2017)

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