Who was Sophie's partner Tzef Montana? How their queer love story crashed and burned after shocking accusations
The two of them met for the first time in 2016 during the shoot of Charli XCX’s 'After The Afterparty' music video in Los Angeles
Sophie, a queer icon who is well-known for producing music for the likes of Madonna was reported dead on Saturday, January 30, and the official confirmation came from her agency. It was confirmed that her death was a result of a sudden accident and Tzef Montana who had lived with Sophie in Greece before their break up posted an all-black panel on Instagram that was indicative of her mourning a loss.
Tzef and Sophie's love story is one that would make even cynics hopeful about romance and love, or that was at least what many believed when they saw the couple walk the Grammy's red carpet before their breakup. In an interview with Vogue in 2019, just a while after the couple moved away from Hollywood to Greece for a quiet life near the Aegean Sea, the two of them had shared their love story. Turns out, they had started by being annoyed at each other.
The two of them met for the first time in 2016 during the shoot of Charli XCX’s 'After The Afterparty' music video in Los Angeles. Tzef, a model and dancer of Greek, Ethiopian, and Belgian descent, was cast as a zombie in the video that was produced by Sophie. Tzef had said then, "I looked in the mirror and saw her coming," and added, "I thought the way she looked was over the top — curly hair and high-waisted pants, like a hybrid of a cute poodle and Michael Jackson at his hottest."
Sophie, on the other hand, had shared, "The first thing Tzef said was, ‘Why are you late?’ I couldn’t believe someone who didn’t know me would talk to me like that.” She had then added, "We were both really annoyed by each other, and it stayed like that for a long time.” It was Tzef who had tried to bury the hatchet and she had taken Sophie out for dinner. That turned out to be their first date and this date also inspired Sophie's song 'Sunscreen'.
The reason behind their chemistry, Tzef said, was their shared experience. She had explained, "To be seen as a woman by someone who also understands,” adding, “[Cis] women I was dating before didn’t really quite have my experience. It’s nice that we share that." Sophie then added, "We can have a dialogue." However, not too long after, right when Sophie had released her 'Heaven' set, Tzef had claimed that she had broken up with Sophie, accusing her of not being a transwoman.
From her Instagram story update in July 2020, it seemed that Tzef had accused Sophie of not being a transwoman. She had also explained that that was the reason why she had broken up with Sophie. She also said that she wanted everyone to know the truth about Sophie. The fact that Tzef decided to accuse Sophie of something so serious did not go well with fans who called Tzef toxic. Since then, the album that Tzef and Sophie had been working on and the song video titled 'Transnation', which was reportedly being shot, has also not been released.