Marc Jacobs Hasn’t Spoken to His Immediate Family in 20 Years: Understandable or Awful?
SodaHead Living 2011/12/19 22:10:44
In a recent interview with Vogue, fashion designer Marc Jacobs admitted that he hasn’t seen or spoken to his immediate family members, his mother, younger brother, or younger sister, in 20 years. In the past, Jacobs has told reporters that his mother is mentally ill and did not take good care of her children, one of the reasons he left home to go live with his grandmother when he was a teenager. Jacobs’s father died when Marc was six-years-old.
Jacobs insists that it’s not “a sad situation,” with his family, but that they just don’t “get along very well.” When questioned further, he revealed that he rejects society’s traditional attitude toward familial affection.
“I hate this idea that you have to love somebody because they are your family,” he said. “Nobody can tell me what I’m supposed to feel and who I am supposed to feel it for. I don’t blame them, I don’t hate them, I just know that I don’t feel love for them. That’s all. And I am not going to make the call or try to stay in touch because society says, But it’s your mother. Oedipus, Schmoedipus.”
And according to the Vogue writer, Jacobs seems to have made a family for himself among his closest friends. Some people admire Jacobs for his unrelenting authenticity and his refusal to force emotion. Others, however, believe that someday he’ll regret his attitude towards his family.
What do you think? Is it understandable or awful that Marc Jacobs hasn’t seen or spoken to his immediate family members in 20 years?
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