If you thought Karl Lagerfeld’s adorable 9 month old kitten Choupette was just your average household pet, lying around idly and eating out of dishes on the floor, then you don’t know very much about Karl Lagerfeld.
In perhaps one of his best interviews to date, Lagerfeld finally reveals, to WWD, what we knew all along–that beneath that tough, German exterior lies a cat lover. Sure, he also talks about his Little Black Jacket exhibit (it opens in NYC on Friday) and French and German politics, but his musings on Choupette, whom he calls a “famous beauty,” are lengthier and much more enthusastic.
We think he’s a little obsessed. When asked if he’d like to have kids, he said, “I don’t like the idea of responsibility. I don’t want any children. A cat is already a lot to manage for me.” Then, when asked, simply, “Do you have a cat,” a yes or no question, he responded with a paragraph-long synopsis of Choupette’s life story. It’s very glamorous and, if we’re lucky, might be the subject of Lagerfeld’s next book:
She is a famous beauty. She is nine months old. [Model] Baptiste [Giaconi] gave her to me for Christmas to watch for two weeks when he was away but then I refused to give her back. I thought she was too cute. She is like a kept woman. She has a strong personality. She has lunch and dinner with me on the table, with her own food. She doesn’t touch my food. She doesn’t want to eat on the floor. She sleeps under a pillow and she even knows how to use an iPad. She has two personal maids, for both night and day. She is beyond spoiled.
If you were wondering what exactly the maids do all day (considering cats generally do absolutely nothing and require very little attention), they apparently function more like cat diarists than maids:
We do keep a diary. When I am not there, the maids take down, in little books, everything she did, from what she ate, to how she behaved, if she was tired, and if she wasn’t sleeping. In the nine months, we already have almost 600 pages. Colette had written a lot about cats. I am not Colette, but I think it could be funny to make a little book of Choupette’s diary.
We think Lagerfeld could create some excellent cat literature, but don’t expect to see photos of Choupette in a cat-sized little black jacket. “No, I don’t like animals in human clothes. I think that’s very circuslike.” Fair enough.