Karl Lagerfeld: “I personally only like high-class escorts”

Celebs at Karl Lagerfeld Fall-Winter 2010/2011 ready-to-wear collection show in Paris

I got the link to this totally epic, completely real interview with Karl Lagerfeld from Gawker, in a piece Gawker titled “Karl Lagerfeld Prefers Hookers to Heartfelt Sex”. So you know from the start it’s going to be good! Oh, Anger Bear. I love you. And by saying that I love you, I ensure that you’ll never want to have sex with me. Dry heave. Sidenote: Karl is known as “The Kaiser”. Coincidence? Actually, yes. Moving on! Let’s get to the good stuff, shall we?

Karl on his personal philosophy: “Down-to-earth. Sophisticated down-to-earth. I love paradoxes. Truth is only a question of point of view.”

On his sunglasses, which he doesn’t like to be photographed without: “They’re my burka. A burka for a man. I’m a little shortsighted, and people, when they’re shortsighted, they remove their glasses and then they look like cute little dogs who want to be adopted. I want to stay shortsighted or else I will need glasses for reading. But I don’t want them because I sketch, I do everything without glasses, except for speaking to strangers. Especially if they wear glasses, too.

Anger Bear tells a special story: “I had an interview once with some German journalist—some horrible, ugly woman. It was in the early days after the communists—maybe a week after—and she wore a yellow sweater that was kind of see-through. She had huge tits and a huge black bra, and she said to me, “It’s impolite; remove your glasses.” I said, “Do I ask you to remove your bra?”

“Everything comes from the same place”: “Yes, exactly. Everything comes from the same head. The three things I like best in life are fashion, photography, and books. There are a lot of other things I may like but that I’m not gifted for. I’m not gifted for music. I’m not gifted for singing. I don’t like to act because my life is a pantomime anyway.”

On fame: “You cannot fight against it. There’s a price you have to pay for fame, and people who don’t want to pay that price can get in trouble. I accepted the idea of celebrity because of a French expression: “You cannot have the butter and the money for the butter.” And now I cannot cross the street. I cannot go anywhere. I have bodyguards. I have big cars… I don’t travel commercially. Whenever I go around the world I go on private jets.

Is he interested in both high and low culture? That is because there is only culture. I like to know everything; I like to be informed. I am not pretentious. I can speak several languages. I can read in every language.

On political correctness: “hard work is like being politically correct. Be politically correct, but please don’t bother other people with conversation about being politically correct, because that’s the end of everything. You want to create boredom? Be politically correct in your conversation. It means people talking about charities. Do it, be charitable, but don’t make a subject of conversation out of it because then you bore the world to death. It’s very unpleasant. But I don’t go out a lot so I’m not so exposed to people.”

On being against gay marriage and children: “Yes, I’m against it for a very simple reason: In the 60s they all said we had the right to the difference. And now, suddenly, they want a bourgeois life. For me it’s difficult to imagine—one of the papas at work and the other at home with the baby. How would that be for the baby? I don’t know. I see more lesbians married with babies than I see boys married with babies. And I also believe more in the relationship between mother and child than in that between father and child. If I were interested in children, I would be a godfather—or a godmother. I don’t like the idea of taking people out of their lives and their contexts. If there were a child I wanted to adopt, I would try to find the family of the child and give them the money for an education in his life and his context.”

On AIDS: “I don’t want to go back through that age. In those days it was a hopeless case. It was horrible. Beyond horrible. It killed a whole generation of people.”

On being gay: “When I was a child I asked my mother what homosexuality was about and she said—and this was 100 years ago in Germany and she was very open-minded—“It’s like hair color. It’s nothing. Some people are blond and some people have dark hair. It’s not a subject.” This was a very healthy attitude. Some people make drama out of it. I don’t even understand. It’s not a problem. It doesn’t exist. It’s not a subject. For me it never was.

On politics: “I’ve never voted in my life—for any kind of politics. I’m in fashion. Politics is not my job. I don’t vote in France even though foreigners here can. I will never vote in my life.

On porn & escorts: “I admire porn. And I personally only like high-class escorts. I don’t like sleeping with people I really love. I don’t want to sleep with them because sex cannot last, but affection can last forever. I think this is healthy. And for the way the rich live, this is possible. But the other world, I think they need porn. I also think it’s much more difficult to perform in porn than to fake some emotion on the face as an actor. I admire porn actors.

[From Vice Magazine]

There is literally so, so much more, but I just wanted to get those quotes out there. I mean, Karl is insane. But I kind of love him too. He’s horrible and angry and crazy, but you know what? He’s got a strange kind of existential, morose consistency that I kind of admire. He’s a true misanthrope.

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  1. bellaluna says:

    Well, judging by your title alone, he should give lessons to famous married people and their spouses. Then most of that other shite we’ve been reading so much about wouldn’t exist. Professionals have a work ethic, if you will, and confidentiality is one of them. The also know they are just a paid piece, and don’t get all delusional about being a “mistress.”

  2. Dorothy says:

    So he’s not gay? I always thought he was… I hate that people are still against gay marriage.

  3. Popcorny says:

    (interviewer): “It’s impolite; remove your glasses.”
    (Karl): “Do I ask you to remove your bra?”


  4. snowball says:

    “I’m not pretentious.”

    Hahahaha. Hahahaha. Ouch, I hurt myself. Oh yeah, hahahaha.

    He’s nuts. I’d hate to work for him, being his assistant must be the worst job in the world, ahead of septic tank cleaners even.

    Where did I miss him saying he wasn’t gay? He said he’s against gay marriage, that he wouldn’t personally adopt a child, that his mother told him being gay was no different than having another hair color and he likes porn and escorts, both of which could be male.

    I’m undoubtedly not reading something right, I don’t get the affection for this turd.

  5. mila says:

    He is gay, Dorothy. He’s against gay adoption though. It’s not quite uncommon- I know some gay people who totally accept themselves and yet the don’t think gay adoption is such a good idea.

    On topic: “I can read in every language”
    . How can I NOT love this man?

  6. Gemini says:

    I dug this interview! He is stating the opinion of a rich, presumably Gay man. He makes a lot of sense. He is very worldly. I can relate, since I have very strong opinions also that aren’t politically correct or fair even. But I am entitled to my opinions! The end.

  7. canadianchick says:

    That guy is a few bobbins short in the sanity department. For someone who doesn’t like AIDS then why promote porn and escort sex, there is no risk of AIDS, right?

  8. Jackson says:

    I totally agree with your take on this freak Kaiser. He is just so….I don’t even know. I’m looking forward to reading the entire article. And his pic. Oy. He looks exactly as if he were a made-up corpse ready for the grave. He just needs to be horizontal and there you go.

  9. Roma says:

    Karl is very much gay, he just doesn’t desire gay marriage. Sometimes he comes across as being manically crazy, but I think he has very strong positions in his mind.

  10. Petra X says:

    @Dorothy – he IS gay, but he’s against gay marriage.

  11. DoMaJoReMc says:


  12. Risa says:

    I wonder what his hair looks like when it’s not spray painted….

  13. Lala11_7 says:

    I’m sorry…I ALWAYS kinda of liked Karl…

    He lives in a luxurious bubble…and he LOVES IT…

    You can’t hate the playa…you CAN however hate the game (i.e., stop buying his over priced wares and MAKE him fly commercial and deal with ugly people on a consistent basis)…

  14. Mistral says:

    I love the “larger-than-life” Karl; he’s such a character. He’s ridiculously talented, and completely sure of himself. He’s also very, very sharp (intelligence-wise, and in the way he expresses himself). I love that he’s a straight-shooter and says exactly what he thinks. He’s right about political correctness. You know where you stand with Karl.

  15. irishserra says:


    Anyone who believes there exist high-class escorts is an idiot.

  16. lucy2 says:

    Well, they’d have to be high class (high paid) escorts to get with that. Yikes.
    He comes across as more of a caricature than a person. I wonder if he’s truly like that, or if that’s just his public persona.
    If he doesn’t want marriage or children for himself, fine, but it bothers me when people feel others should conform to what they want to. Especially for someone who was (very wisely) taught from an early age that homosexuality is just another trait like hair color. If that’s how he’s always thought about it, his anti-gay marriage ideas don’t make much sense.

  17. princess pea says:

    I love Karl so much. There’s too much rationality in this interview though; he sounds so sensible and sane. I like him even better when the quotes are way out there in the land of crazy. I think I’ll save the “on being gay” though… that’s a good blurb.

    @ canadianchic, actually there’s far less AIDS in porn than you’d think. Reputable production companies require their stars to be tested really frequently. A “high-class escort” is similarly likely to be monitored for STIs. There’s a greater risk from street hookers and in fact, average people.

  18. sickofit says:

    i know someone who knows someone who worked for him. he is said to be very nice and polite, never gets loud on his staff. i like him hes just such a singular character. he is just wearing a mask, but he has to because of the world he lives in and the business he does. too me he is a genius because of his sense for business.

  19. Deens says:

    A few years ago there was a great 4-part documentary in French that showed how a Chanel collection is created. And, like someone else just said, Karl was actually very polite and pleasant to his staff. He showed utmost respect to his seamstresses, and personally thanked and chatted with many people after the runway show, even a tiny old lady who creates all the braided trim for the couture collection on her horse farm in rural France, and presented gifts to retiring staff members personally.

    As far as the gay marriage comments go, I think he merely revels in the notion that being gay (particularly in the ’60s and ’70s) meant loads of crazy kinky sex, and that maybe that perk of being gay will become watered down as gay couples settle down into the bourgeois complacency of monogamous and/or committed relationships.

  20. Sumodo1 says:

    I am (*gasp*)SPEECHLESS!

  21. annaloo says:

    you cannot have the butter and the money for the butter…

    I’m using this line everyday this week

  22. Ron says:

    Can you imagine being the hooker that shows up at that door? Jesus.

  23. KsGirl says:

    This interview…makes me like ol’ Karl. Most of what he says in it makes sense to me. I admire anyone with the strength of their own convictions. Yep, love him.

  24. Kim says:

    You gotta give it to the man for being honest and being true to who he is and not caring what public thinks. I like his commenst on being pc – so true. So many celebs now want press junket when they donate money to Haiti etc. Do it to be charitable not for the publicity. and his comment on fame and no butter w out the money is genius! so true with fame comes paparazzi etc. When are these self entitled stars going to realize they did sign up for that.

  25. Julia says:

    I have to say that there is a difference between desiring gay marriage for yourself and desiring that it be prevented for other people. As fabulous and above-the-plebian/commoner as he thinks he is, saying that other people should not be allowed to find their own bliss is rather crappy.

    I LOVE his mother’s explanation of homosexuality, though. Perfection.

  26. Gwen says:

    I sort of love him.

  27. snapdragon says:

    the thought of karl lagerfeld with an escort of any kind is cringe-worthy.

  28. danielle says:

    He’s batsh*t

  29. Aussie Mama says:

    Jesus, I never thought I’d say this…
    But after reading this interview, I’m a bloody fan. What a level headed, honest, no bullshit interview. I have to agree with everything he said. He is so right, on so many levels. Go Karl, love yer guts mate x

  30. anon says:

    Well, believe it or not many years ago I worked with Karl, when he was fat, he has always seen life in his own particular way and makes no apologies for it, for some reason he decided he liked me and invited me home to see his fan collection and from then on while I worked at Chanel, we were pals, but he insisted I always call him Otto because I reminded him of a long dead relative ‘?’ (didn’t make any sense to me either)…..but for the brief time we were acquainted he was fun not in your usual ‘fun’ way but certainly memorable and always chuckleworthy and one of the most brilliant designers on the planet crazy as a fox and tart as vinegar but also quite sweet and loyal as well,

    God bless his little silk socks.

  31. Heaven-bound says:

    Kaiser, thanks for including this interview with Karl, after reading it, I can truly tell you that I like the old man. It is true that you should not judge a book by it’s cover. I’m surprised that I too can agree with him in many points, and enjoyed the interview.

  32. Lisa says:

    Oh wow, I think I just became a fan of anger bear. That interview was full of crazy awesomeness.

  33. Luci says:

    Im going to boycott chanel until this being retires
    oh wait… I didnt buy chanel anyway 😛

  34. Emily says:

    I love what his grandma said! Not sure if I beleive that’s a true story, but I like to think so. And I usually enjoy a good interview with a psycho.