DESPITE being one of the most recognisable faces in the world, Karl Lagerfeld believes that his beloved cat, Choupette, is now more famous than him. The German-born designer is renowned for his attachment to the pampered pet, who often travels around with him on his private jet.
“You know, personally, I don’t even think I’m that famous,” said Lagerfeld. “Now, Choupette really is famous. She has become the most famous cat in the world. I even get propositioned by pet food companies and things like that, but it’s out of the question. I’m commercial. She’s not. She’s spoiled to death. Obviously.”
The Chanel creative director goes to great lengths to ensure that Choupette - which means ”sweetie” in French - is sufficiently attended to at all times while he’s working: she has three maids, and pays a visit to the vet for a check-up every 10 days. ”I don’t take her,” he told The Independent. “I don’t want her to be furious with me.”
Lagerfeld is thought to paying the ultimate tribute to his cat, by naming a new Chanel bag after her - a rumour which has yet to be confirmed by the fashion house. A Twitter account set up in Choupette’s name currently has over 10,000 followers on Twitter.