L'Wren Scott's loved ones may never understand what drove the model-turned-fashion designer to take her life on Monday, March 17. But they're trying to. Speaking about his longtime friend in an interview with Entertainment Tonight on March 18, Vogue contributing editor Andre Leon Talley said she must have been under "tremendous" pressure because of her career.
"I think the pressure must have been tremendous for L'Wren to continue to compete as she was on the top…to be on this calendar twice a year in New York or London or Paris is extreme pressure for anyone," he told ET of the designer, who was found hanging in her apartment in New York City. "Yet, she rose to the occasion. She was a small designer with a huge international following. She was almost like a great cult. She was like a rock star herself."
Her nearly 13-year relationship with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, Talley added, was her escape from that world. "You would go to L'Wren Scott's shows and Mick always was there taking pictures, and Mick was very, very verbally supportive of her…L'Wren spoke to me about how much she loved the family side of her life with Mick and his children," the Zappos artistic director explained.
"She loved going away with them, and I think she loved the balance that it gave her in this very tough and ruthless, heavily pressurized world of fashion," he told ET.
Talley went on to say that he "never thought for one second or ever heard that L'Wren was suffering from depression or tried to harm herself or take her life, ever. I felt close to her and I feel that I knew a lot about her," he said. "There are no words I can articulate because I feel I've lost a friend and I feel I've lost a surrogate big sister."
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