Allegra Gucci opens up about her father’s murder: “My mother is drawn to darkness” | Culture

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Allegra Gucci, daughter of Maurizio Gucci and Patrizia Reggiani, on a yacht in 2001.ADRIEN DENNIS (EFE)

It’s the most salacious episode in the more than 100-year history of the Gucci fashion house: the murder of Maurizio Gucci in 1995 by a hitman hired by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani. Many books have been written about murder, and it’s also the subject of Ridley Scott’s film. Gucci Housewith Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci and Lady Gaga as Patricia Reggiani.

The film was quickly denounced by the Gucci family, who claimed that the filmmakers were “stealing a family’s identity to make a profit, to increase revenue for the Hollywood system”. “Our family has an identity, an intimacy. We can talk about anything, but there is a line that cannot be crossed,” Patricia Gucci, one of Maurizio’s first cousins, told The Associated Press.

Gucci and Reggiani’s daughters – Alessandra and Allegra Gucci – avoided speaking to the media about the incident that sent their mother to prison for 17 years. When the Italian court system awarded Reggiani an annual payment of 1 million euros ($1.10 million) from Maurizio’s estate, as part of the divorce arrangements, the women remained silent. The two challenged the decision in court, but even though they made endless headlines, they refused to speak to the press.

Today Allegra Gucci, 41, broke the silence with Fin dei giochi (Where, Game over), a book that tells his side of the story and refutes the official account of the Gucci affair. Allegra was 11 when her mother underwent surgery for a brain tumor that changed her personality. When she was 14, her father was murdered and two years later her mother was sent to prison for masterminding the murder. Little is known about the youngest daughter of the fashion mogul.

Allegra said she decided to release her version of events in response to the hype caused by the film. Gucci House, which she defined as “an awful caricature”. Speaking to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, she said she wrote the book so her two children would grow up knowing the truth about their family. “Scott’s film portrays my father as a weak and broken person. It’s all wrong. And my mother was a beautiful woman he looked up to. She would never crash a party [as depicted in a scene in House of Gucci]. Dad was brilliant, a hard worker,” she said in the interview.

Our grandmother manipulated us with feelings of guilt. And she manipulated others with her acquired economic power

Allegra Gucci

In the book, she recounts the confusion of those years, how their friends abandoned them, the disappointments she faced, her relationship with her grandmother – who she says cared more about money than of his granddaughters – his experiences visiting his mother in prison and how his understanding of the murder changed after hearing new information on television. “I was sure of her [Reggiani’s] innocence. This intense conviction sustained me as I took packages to prison, the years I spent visiting him, studying the trials, trying to bring his innocence to light once and for all,” a- she declared. Corriere della Sera.

But her mother’s statements shook Allegra’s certainties. “I’m not innocent, but I’m not guilty either,” Reggiani said on television. “She half admitted it. The “not guilty” referred to manipulation by people who had taken advantage of his fragility. I called her and asked her for an explanation. Eventually, she confessed, “Everything I did, I did for you two.” So she had done something. I felt an emptiness under my feet, an abyss,” Allegra confessed to Corriere della Sera. “I have no truth, but I have one certainty: my mother was a good woman, but she was very vulnerable.” In her book, she adds: “My mother is the complete opposite of a moth. She is drawn to darkness.

Allegra also refutes the idea that her parents’ marriage ended because of Paola Franchi, a former model who became Maurizio Gucci’s partner after the divorce. “The separation dated back at least seven years before his relationship with her,” she said. vanity lounge magazine. “Secondly: The cohabitation agreement attests to my father’s desire not to remarry. He repeated it to everyone: he would never create a family again because his family was us, my sister and me.

When her mother was found guilty in 1998, Franchi showed up in juvenile court offering to protect the sisters and their interests. “Another slap. I, the daughter of a murdered father and an imprisoned mother, had to suffer this too,” she said in the vanity lounge maintenance. “At that time I also had to think about defending myself, going before a judge to explain what I felt, what was mine in life, justifying myself to avoid another attack. Paola Franchi did not tell us never given a break. And she continued. I don’t understand how you can pounce on a little girl like that. Or maybe I know: she was looking for a reward because her actions are contrary to her professed intentions of care. and love.

In her book, Allegra also recalls her memories of her grandmother, Silvana Barbieri, with whom she and her sister lived after their mother’s arrest. Later, they discovered that Barbieri had hidden some of the money intended for them and transferred it to his own account. She also put one of the family mansions, which the sisters continued to pay for, in her own name. “I blindly trusted him. But I quickly understood that for Silvana, there was only money and the power that goes with it. She manipulated us with feelings of guilt. And she manipulated others with her acquired economic power,” Allegra said. vanity lounge.

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