Every time there’s a Tom Ford interview, we brace ourselves for either a hysterical story or an incredibly offensive comment. This interview with The Talks has neither of those, but instead the designer comes off as pretty somber and reflective on his life so far.
Ford opened up to the website about his depression post-Gucci, being a Virgo, his loner tendencies, and how much he wishes someone would just flirt with him. From some of these quotes you wouldn’t guess the man was only 50.
On leaving Gucci:
Leaving Gucci was devastating for me. Devastating because I had really put everything into that for fifteen years and all of a sudden I had no identity. “Who am I? What am I doing? I have no forum to speak to anyone anymore or to convey my thoughts or ideas.” Maybe I drank a little too much – living in London that’s a very easy thing to do. The emphasis in my life maybe switched to things that were not the important things. So yeah, I had a bit of a midlife crisis.
On avoiding the glamourous fashion scene:
I am really a loner after all; I am really not a social person. Because of my job people think I am out every night, but I really hate all that. I am somebody who likes to be alone and see some close friends. I am a shy and introspective person. I did have a tough time dealing with [the Hollywood lifestyle] and I have learned how to separate it. It is a performance; it is me playing a role.
On becoming the Tom Ford people expect him to be:
It takes me a long time in the morning to become the person that other people expect me to be. When I feel depressed and I have a bad day or something terrible has happened or I have to face something, I go through a very precise ritual getting dressed in the morning. In a sense it is armor; I’m building up a layer. If everything in my material world is in order, I will be able to get through it. That perfectionism comes from me being a Virgo.
On how few people flirt with him:
Honestly, I don’t meet very many people. I am married but no one comes on to me, ever. It is like I don’t exist sexually. No one, no one…No one, no one flirts, no one comes on to me. I am not saying I would act on it, but it would be nice.
Read the rest of the interview, where Ford talks dogs and God, here.