Luxury designer Tom Ford opens up about growing up, brand, being a father and feeling less sexy in a tell all interview...
Tom Ford reveals he feels less sexy in recent times as he opens up on his sexuality, fatherhood and his successful brand.
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In an interview with Mr Porter journal, the fifty four year old designer got candid as he opens up about fatherhood, his growth over the years and more, “I feel less sexy now that I’m a father – and actually there’s a scientific reason for that,” he says. “I read that men who are the primary caregivers of children have lower testosterone levels. It drops, according to some reports, because nature wants the man to stay with the children and not let them wander off… Now I don’t know if my testosterone levels have dropped or not, I haven’t had them tested, but I feel less sexy, definitely. ”
He continues, "I suppose stopping drinking made me feel less sexy, too,” “I think that being drunk all the time used to fuel, and I don’t mean my sex drive, but my… you know, I did a lot of things with [risqué fashion photographer] Terry Richardson, that I wouldn’t have otherwise done".
"I used to plan what I was going to look like at 50 years old. Yeah, I was going to have some grey right here – which I have decided not to have for the moment – I was going to have more hair [he smiles], but other than that I am exactly what I thought I was going to be"
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On what his typical day feels like, he offered "I get up and make myself a gigantic iced coffee, I then answer emails and work until about 6am. Then I will head upstairs and have a second giant iced coffee and lay in the bathtub. I don’t like warm drinks of any kind. I lay in my bathtub with a bendable straw in my coffee and no lights and only one candle lit. I love that time in the morning when no one else is awake, and I’m alone, and then I can slowly come to life.”
On his grooming routine which he insists is often low-maintenance, “Today, because I was having an interview, it consisted of trimming my beard.” After that I get dressed and wake Jack up at 7.30am. “Richard [he has been to his husband, Mr Richard Buckley, an editor, for 28 years] and I have breakfast with our son until about 9am and then I leave for the office.”
Thomas Carlyle "Tom" Ford is an American fashion designer and film director. He gained international fame turning around the now famous Gucci brand and the creation of the Tom Ford label. He also directed the Oscar-nominated film A Single Man.