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Insisting he is neither racist nor an anti-Semite despite the drunken, “I love Hitler,” rant that left him disgraced in 2010 and resulted in his firing from Dior in 2011, in the interview, Galliano connects drugs and alcohol as the catalyst behind the infamous videotape that went viral with his host of anti-Semetic comments.
“It’s the worst thing I have said in my life, but I didn’t mean it…I have been trying to find out why that anger was directed at this race. I now realize I was so fucking angry and so discontent with myself that I just said the most spiteful thing I could.”
Two years sober, Galliano is inching towards a steady comeback since his stint in an Arizona rehab facility in 2011 by continuing to apologize and attempt to make amends with the fashion world and reaching out to the Anti-Defamation League to learn from his mistakes.
“Even now I’m still learning every day how many people I hurt,” says Galliano.
The article speaks with industry heads and friends, including Kate Moss, Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg, Elton John, Anna Wintour, Naomi Campbell, members of the Jewish community, the head of the Anti-Defamation League Abe Foxman, and several addiction specialists and major retailers.
Read more from the sneak peek at VanityFair.com and get the whole article when the July issue drops in New York and Los Angeles on June 6 and nationally on June 11.