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Marc Jacobs shuts down journalist in open letter

The designer takes to Instagram to address a salacious article about him published in the New York Post

Earlier today, Marc Jacobs showed he is one member of the fashion industry you don’t want to start rumours about. The designer took to the app to post an open letter to Maureen Callahan, a journalist who wrote a 2000-word think piece on him for the New York Post.

Titled “What’s wrong with Marc Jacobs? Mystery of business struggles, bizarre behaviour”, the article was little more than a character assassination, questioning his brand’s financial transparency, the originality of his work and the relevance it has today – he “no longer generates excitement or desire”. The article also discusses his “full-blown heroin addiction” and an infection he had brought on by his “compulsive nail-biting”.

This morning, Jacobs took to Instagram to address Callahan directly, and publicly. “Girl, I think I understand your pain. You're a sick woman,” he begins. “It must be such a sad, unfulfilling and lonely existence to get paid for ‘writing’ (I use the term loosely) an article put together from out of context information ‘written’ by other journalists over a period of time, for different periodicals, in different countries.”

“Girl, I think I understand your pain. You're a sick woman. It must be such a sad, unfulfilling and lonely existence to get paid for ‘writing’ (I use the term loosely) an article put together from out of context information” – Marc Jacobs

“I can’t even imagine your suffering having made a life and name working for what has to be the worlds worst, trashiest, and most irresponsible of ‘newspapers’ (LOL)!” he continues. “I can imagine the powerful and fulfilling feeling you must feel with each piece you ‘write’ that helps yourself and your readers feel better about their lives by putting down others who are so fortunate as to have been blessed with a genuine passion for creation.”

“Those creative individuals who like everyone else has feelings, a sexual appetite, ‘issues’, character defects, and professional ups and downs,” he goes on to say. “If you were a real writer and not the parasite feeding off of the successes and failures of others I wouldn't bother writing my thoughts here. I do feel sorry for you.”

“Please know you are in my prayers,” he finishes. “I hope you will someday find something, somewhere that gives you pleasure...and not at another's expense. Should that moment happen for you, please don't thank me. I only wish the best for everyone. Even you. Sincerely and disrespectfully, Marc (Jacobs). #lethimwhoiswithoutsincastthefirststone #youwannacomeforme?”

He also responded to an article written for Page Six which accused him of hosting a “wild, 10-person orgy”. “Wild???” he wrote. “I’d say ‘MILD’. And to whichever guest benefitted from calling this misinformation into the Post, I only wish you good health, happiness, and a long life to enjoy taking advantage of the kindness of strangers and talking shit about others. #reallyqueen?”

It’s not the first time Jacobs has shown that he’s unafraid to do his own PR. Earlier this year, he used social media to respond to the people who criticised him for accidentally posting a nude selfie to Instagram. “Yeah. I accidentally posted a pic of my bare ass and took it down,” he wrote. “I was flirting with someone I met on Instagram. Meant to send it by DM. Oops, my mistake. I apologise to anyone it offended. I'm a gay man. I flirt and chat with guys online sometimes. BIG DEAL!”