As a centrepiece of the much-famed Italian family of fashion and drama, Gucci, Patrizia Reggiani, played by the sulphurous Lady Gaga, is quite an unapologetic character to say the least.
Captivating in all aspects of her personal life, Maurizio Gucci’s ex-wife is a convicted murderer with more than one sneaky tale and trick up her sleeve. With the very anticipated House of Gucci having released earlier this week, we wanted to zero in on her.
The film, which follows the young couple from their love-drenched rise to their riddled demise, paves the way for more than one of us to want to know more about the intriguing stories behind the famous name. That’s exactly what we’re here to do.
Here are five facts you definitely need to know about Patrizia Reggiani
She led a lavish lifestyle
Born to a wealthy family who made a fortune in trucks in the suburbs of Milan, Reggiani was known for spending countlessly, and the same applied as a newlywed. With over several secondary residences across the world, including a chalet in St Moritz or a 9,000-square-foot penthouse in Manhattan’s Olympic Tower, she and Gucci were known to have some surprising expenses and that’s not even to mention the hefty $10,000 bill spent on orchids monthly. Used to this train of life from the youngest of age, one simple quote could sum up Patrizia’s state of mind: “I’ve never worked in my life, and I don’t intend to start now” as “It’s better to cry in a Rolls-Royce than be happy on a bicycle”.
She hired a hitman to murder her husband
Patrizia literally saw red when she was made aware of her husband’s new love affair and will to divorce from her. Following this piece of news, she claimed that she was furious and even “went around asking everyone, even the local grocer, is there someone who has the courage to murder [her] husband?”. The request, unfortunately, echoed with a pizzeria owner that agreed to settle for an amount around $200,000 to get the deed done and over with.
She had no regret in doing what she did
Following the assassination of her husband, she showed no remorse by publicly claiming that following the incident she “slept a lot” and “took care of [her] plants [and] Bambi”, her pet ferret.
She lives and breathes Gucci
Even after the bloody events, Patrizia still considers herself as a fully-fledged member of the Gucci family and that despite her involvement in the fashion house’s scandal. She told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that the Italian label needed her as she claimed that she “still feels like a Gucci – in fact, the most Gucci of them all” – a statement that will surely make the family’s blood boil.