Why did Maurizio Gucci leave Patrizia? True story behind 'House of Gucci' murder
Maurizio Guccia and Patrizia Reggiani had a happy married life until 1985, when Gucci left his wife suddenly
The upcoming Ridley Scott movie ‘House of Gucci’ revolves around the lives of Maurizio Gucci and his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani. Based on the novel ‘The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Glamour, and Greed’ by Sara Gay Fordon, chronicles the journey of the renowned Gucci family and its legacy. The movie will show viewers how Gucci became such a big brand and it will also show that the world’s biggest brand has a dark past attached to it.
The movie features Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani and Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci.
Maurizio and Patrizia met each other in 1970 and got married after dating each other for 2 years. For the initial part of the marriage, everything went well and they lived as the happiest couple on earth. Patrizia also became an influential figure in no time and was friends with some of the biggest names in the country. In 1976, the duo welcomed their first child, Alessandra, and in 1981, Patrizia gave birth to Allegra.
However, everything changed in 1985 when Maurizio told Patrizia that he was going on a small business trip to Florence. But, he never returned. So, what happened exactly? And why did Maurizio leave Patrizia? Let’s dig a little deeper and find out the truth.
Why did Maurizio Gucci leave Patrizia Reggiani?
It all started in 1984 when Maurizio was visiting the town of Porto Cervo on Italy’s Costa Smeralda. The Gucci heir was in the town for a Class World Championship in Sailing. On the other hand, a girl named Sheree McLaughlin was also present there. She was also a seasoned sailor herself and wanted to accompany one of the film crews in a small motorboat headed out to capture the race.
Over the next few days, Sheree taught the crew about sailing and ended up staying almost four years. She met a man on the boat who knew everything about sailing and was happy to be out there. Sheree was struck by the fact that someone liked being out there on the water. But she had no idea who he was and they didn’t even try to strike a conversation because they both were married.
Out of curiosity, she asked the American sailors about the guys and they tell him that the guy’s name is Maurizio Gucci, the heir to the world’s most famous brand, Gucci. After the death of his father, Rodolfo, Maurizio wanted to take the brand in a new direction and make it something bigger. So, he decided to join the sponsors of the 1987 America’s Cup challenger. The decision of being attached to the race worked because it attracted most of the rich people in the US and Europe.
Meanwhile, Sheree and Maurizio started to have a good friendship. Both would go out for motorcycle rides together and talk about sailing when her husband was not around. One day, the entire sailing crowd had dinner together and there was some music playing which encouraged Maurizio to ask for a dance with Sheree. They danced under the stars and shared good moments with each other. She flew out the next day. However, he started missing her and called her every day. It was at that time, Maurizio started telling her how big of a responsibility he has on his shoulders. He was the brand’s single largest shareholder, but it was not enough to run the company.
Maurizio also told her that he is unhappily married to Patrizia, but never told the reason why. They took a trip together to France and that was the first time they felt they felt something for each other.
In 1985, Maurizio told his wife Patrizia that he was going on a business trip to Florence. On the other hand, Sheree got divorced a year later. Maurizio rented him a small apartment in New York and flew back and forth to spend time with her. But, Maurizio started panicking. A few years pass by and Sheree was getting frustrated with the fact that she was living alone for the most part of the year and couldn’t take this. Also, she was feeling a bit scared as she felt that one of Maurizio’s drivers was spying on them for Patrizia. In the second half of 1989, Sheree lost her patience and decided to end their relationship because she wanted to settle down and start a family together.
On March 27, 1985, she received a call from Maurizio’s lawyer who told her that his ex-partner had been shot and was dead. Two years later, Patrizia was arrested for hiring a hitman to kill his former husband.
It’ll be interesting to see if ‘House of Gucci’ shows how Maurizio and Sheree spent their lives together. If yes, the viewers will get a better idea about why Patrizia was forced to take such a drastic decision.
‘House of Gucci’ is scheduled to hit theatres on Wednesday, November 24.