Talk about a short squeeze.
Fresh off her multimillion dollar divorce from art collecting scion David Mugrabi, Libbie Mugrabi says of any future relationships, “I need a tall guy” — and has called her loaded ex in a new interview, “a starter husband.”
Libbie reportedly sought $100 million in the split, and walked away “very happy” with the deal, while also getting a collection of blue chip artwork and multiple homes. She revealed to art insider Avery Andon on the latest episode of his “ArtLife” podcast: “It’s sad, it’s a little sad, divorce is a death and it’s not fun for anybody.”
Over the summer, Libbie was seen on the arm of child star-turned-Bitcoin billionaire-turned independent presidential hopeful Brock Pierce in Manhattan, the Hamptons and LA. (They’ve both described the relationship as friendly.) But Libbie told Andon of the liaison, “He was a little bit short for me… it’s not for me. I had to wear flats, I was hunching over, I couldn’t stand up straight.”
She added that, “My ex-husband was short. I don’t know how I ended up again with a man that was at my height, or shorter. But I did, and I will not go out with a short man again … I couldn’t wear heels. It worked in the summer, I’d go shoeless, but when the fall comes … I need a tall guy.”
She added of her new romantic height requirement: “Five-nine works, I’m five-seven. Short men have a Napoleon complex. You know who he is? Napoleon?”
Libbie reportedly got artwork in the divorce by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Damien Hirst, “a ton of stuff,” she reportedly tells Tatler in an upcoming splashy profile.
But she’s apparently no fan of — or even familiar with the work of — performance art legend Marina Abramović. On Andon’s podcast, Libbie recalled a recent pop-up show she attended in London that was curated by Abramović, by telling the podcast host, “There’s a woman by the name of Marina Abramović.” When Andon replies, “Of course! One of the best performance artists in the world, ever,” Libbie wondered, “No, no no. Is she an artist?”
“Yeah she’s a performance artist,” Andon assured her. “She is? Maria? Maybe Maria? She’s very goth looking to me. She has black hair,” Libbie recounted.
“Yeah, she’s a performance artist,” Andon again asserted.
“I didn’t know she was an artist … She curated the show there. That’s her curation,” Libbie said. After Andon pointed out some of Abramović’s more famous work — like her interactive MoMA show in 2010, “The Artist Is Present” — Libbie surmised, “For me, performance is a musician or a singer … I don’t know about this chick, something about her rubs me the wrong way… this is not for me.”
Libbie also dished on the podcast that she and her ex-husband were once painted by famed artist George Condo. But while she was portrayed in the work as a goddess, she said that her ex didn’t like the way he looked (“like a stick figure”), and the painting has not be shown.
Libbie, who hails from a line of notable plastic surgeons, told Andon, “I’ve never had plastic surgery. I don’t want plastic surgery. I do Botox and things like that.”
She’s created a “Libbie”-branded accessories line with artist Mickey Eskimo in Maui, Hawaii, which he’s producing out of a former Libby’s canned pineapple factory, and includes hats and condoms. She said on the podcast, “I really like a brand called Supreme. Supreme is for boys. Libbie will be for girls, and men can buy it too if they want.”
She said she first gave her ex-husband the book “Conscious Uncoupling” three years ago — as inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow’s split from rocker Chris Martin — though the divorce was settled last August and finalized in December. “He was mad,” she told Andon of the book, but, “David is a very nice man, I’ve known him since I was 22.”
The proceedings were so bitter that Libbie’s side even testified the exes once “wrestled” over a $500,000 Keith Haring sculpture. But a source told us that last summer they’d “reached an amicable conclusion. They’ve buried the hatchet — not in each other.”
Andon has also interviewed Incubus singer Brandon Boyd on his show.
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