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V&A Museum will benefit from New York’s nastiest divorce

V&A Museum will benefit from New York's nastiest divorce 2

V&A Museum will benefit from New York’s nastiest divorce as US socialite Libbie Mugrabi says she’ll use some of her £78m settlement to fund museum and aims to launch British version of the Met Gala

  • Mugrabi, 42, settled her divorce with art collecting ex-husband David in 2020
  • She said she would use some of the £78million settlement on the V&A Museum
  • She is hoping to turn the Fashion in Motion into something like the Met Gala
  • The Mugrabi divorce was labelled the ‘nastiest’ due to acrimonious exchanges 

Kensington’s Victoria and Albert Museum will benefit from New York’s nastiest divorce as US socialite Libbie Mugrabi says she will use some of her £78million settlement to fund its fashion programme and launch a British version of the Met Gala.

Mugrabi, 42, settled her divorce with her art collecting ex-husband David in December 2020 having asked him for $100million (£78million).

Following the divorce, Mugrabi said she would use some of her settlement to sponsor the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Fashion in Motion programme, which was due to be axed because of cost-cutting following the pandemic.

Mugrabi told Tatler the programme’s entertainment would be the ‘perfect partner’ for a divorcee post marriage.

Mugrabi said her dream for Fashion in Motion is to turn it into something similar to the annual Met Gala in New York, which raises millions for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Libbie Mugrabi, 42, settled her divorce with her art collecting ex-husband David in December 2020 having asked him for $100million (£78million)

Libbie Mugrabi, 42, settled her divorce with her art collecting ex-husband David in December 2020 having asked him for $100million (£78million)

Following the divorce, Mugrabi said she would use some of her settlement to sponsor the Victoria and Albert Museum's Fashion in Motion programme, which was due to be axed because of cost-cutting following the pandemic

Following the divorce, Mugrabi said she would use some of her settlement to sponsor the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Fashion in Motion programme, which was due to be axed because of cost-cutting following the pandemic

She said she was approached with the ‘exciting’ offer on her birthday in November, making her ‘cry with excitement’.

She told Tatler: ‘I got divorced and just didn’t want to do anything that I was doing before. I wanted a new life, a rebirth.’

The V&A told the Times: ‘I can confirm that Libbie Scher Mugrabi is the current supporter of our Fashion in Motion programme.

‘It was always our intention to continue the programme and we are extremely grateful to Libbie for her support, which has enabled us to realise the full potential of these free-to-attend live fashion shows.’

Born to a plastic surgeon mother and father, Mugrabi was raised between New Jersey and Florida, where her parents had a home a few doors down from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago. 

She was 22 and on holiday in Aspen, Colorado, when she met David, the youngest son of Israeli business mogul Jose Mugrabi and his wife Mary.

The couple enjoyed the high life together and at one point had ‘a huge mansion in New York City… a big mansion in the Hamptons, cars coming out of my nose. A chef, a driver, three nannies, three cleaners and probably 30 vacations a year’, she said previously.

The morning after a Fourth of July party in 2018, Mugrabi claimed she woke to find her husband naked and asleep on top of a brunette house guest, who was also naked. The house guest later claimed ‘nothing sexual’ happened.

Acrimonious exchanges between the pair - who got married in 2005, a year after meeting at The St Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado - led to the tussle being dubbed 'the nastiest divorce in NYC' by the tabloids

Acrimonious exchanges between the pair – who got married in 2005, a year after meeting at The St Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado – led to the tussle being dubbed ‘the nastiest divorce in NYC’ by the tabloids 

Divorce papers were filed, bringing their 13-year marriage to an end. Mugrabi claimed the couple spent some $3 million per year.

Mugrabi also accused David of physically assaulting her when he caught her trying to move a $500,000 Keith Haring sculpture out of their home. The New York Supreme Court heard the incident was reported to the police but David was never arrested.

The acrimonious exchanges between the pair – who got married in 2005, a year after meeting at The St Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado – led to the tussle being dubbed ‘the nastiest divorce in NYC’ by the tabloids.

The pair have two children together, Rosemary and Joseph, who are believed to be around 15 and 13. 

David’s Syrian family are worth an estimated $5 billion and are legends in the art world, with the world’s largest private collection of works by Andy Warhol.

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