John Galliano can't stop apologizing.
Following his interview with Vanity Fair earlier this month, in which he expressed remorse for his 2011 anti-Semitic rant, the disgraced designer sat down with Charlie Rose last night to express his regrets in his first televised interview since the scandal.
When asked if he recognized that what he said in that Parisian bar back in 2011 was "hateful, vile, anti-Semitic," Galliano, who looked notably different with a clean-shaven face and slicked back ponytail, took complete responsibility.
"I do. I apologize," said Galliano. "And I am trying to make amends in the best way I can."
Rose probed the former Dior creative director for answers as to what sparked the racist outburst. And though he admitted he didn't recall making his comments due to his drunken state, he did have theories as to why it occurred.
"At that point in my career I had become what is known as a blackout drinker," Galliano explained. "I discovered that when one is a blackout drinker, what happens is that you can—it can release paranoia of such a stage that it can trigger frustrations from childhood."
But Rose didn't let him get off that easy, reminding him that not all alcoholics resort to racist remarks.
"I've spent two years and three months in—you know, followed by therapists, working with top theologists and professors in France to find the answer," Galliano said. " It's true many people say, ‘In vino veritas.' I've since discovered that ‘In vino veritas' is not quite—it's not quite as simple as that. Yes, alcohol does loosen up inhibitions, and it's what's floating around in the self-conscious that can be called out."
Galliano's apologies follow what appear to be his stepped up efforts to make a comeback. He had a brief stint working at Oscar de la Renta's studio, and was slated to teach a course at Parsons until it was abruptly canceled.
For his part, Galliano is ready to return.
"I'm ready to create. I'm feeling fit. I'm feeling good. It really all depends on these steps I'm taking. And I mean, I hope that through my atonement that I'll be given a second chance," he said.
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