Last year, Beth Ditto confirmed that she’d broken up with her parter of nine years, Freddie Fagula. Now she’s telling Marie Claire UK it was inevitable because she fell hard for her assistant, Kristin. Beth tells the mag:
"It was something that I kept hidden deep inside of me. But everyone knew. Even people are parties and clubs would be like, ‘When are they going to get together?’ There was always a little guilt inside of me because I felt I was cheating, but I never cheated. We never did anything. … I dated Freddie for nine years, and I was always worried it was going to end. With Kristin I never worry about it ending, I just feel completely full and whole."
It sounds like she’s found love, and she’s also making plans to have a baby when she hits 37.
"But I do want to go to the doctor in the next year and start taking it really seriously. Once these clothing lines are out I can take space and think about the baby."
The clothing line she’s talking about is her collection for the UK plus size giant Evans. This fall, Beth will debut her second set of fashions for the outfitter after the first go was extremely successful.
Strangely, Beth is a much bigger star in Europe and has never been fodder for a U.S. Marie Claire article, compared to the several times she’s been in the UK version. Even the paparazzi follow her overseas, while in the US she’s only apt to show up in The National Enquirer for having a "not hot" body.
Ditto has graced the covers of countless international magazines, but has yet to land a a major interview with an American women’s fashion magazine, much less be on the cover of one. Of course the more stylish and eclectic lifestyle pubs like Paper and gay mags like Out have caught on, but Beth still isn’t the fashion and music icon in the States like she is elsewhere.
So why is she more loved in Europe? Are Europeans just more progressive and interested in people with talent instead of reality stars like Heidi Montag? Is Beth’s size threatening to our beauty standards in America but less so in the UK? Whatever it is, I’d like to urge the Marie Claires and the New York Times-type publications to open up their coverage and include some people worth knowing about. Until then, thank god for the Internet.