According to a report by The Daily Mail (dailymail.co.uk), the daughter of Donatella Versace has been battling anorexia.
Allegra, 20, is the heir to half of the Versace label of designer clothes, accessories, watches, eyewear, perfume and home furnshings. Allegra inherited her share of the fashion design house on her 18th birthday. Allegra’s share of the company is valued to be approximately 280 million dollars.
Allegra’s parents, Donatella Versace and Paul Beck, released a joint statement. According to The Daily Mail the statement read, “Our daughter, Allegra, has been battling anorexia, a very serious disease for many years. She is receiving the best medical care possible to help overcome this illness and is responding well. As parents, we are doing our best to protect our daughter. However, due to numerous media reports, we want to let everyone know that we appreciate their concern for Allegra, and we ask that her privacy be respected at this time.”
Reportedly, the statement was made to counteract rumors that Allegra was in treatment and “barely hanging to life.” A spokesperson for Versace said that Allegra is not in the hospital, as has been suggested in reports. The spokesperson said that Allegra is in the United States, where she is a student. (dailymail.uk).
There were reports in Italy that Allegra was receiving treatment in a specialized clinic. Rumors have been flying over Internet chat rooms. The statements made by the company spokesperson were intended to discredit the rumors.
Allegra is the niece of Gianni Versace, who doted on her and called her “my little princess” according to The Daily Mail. Gianni Versace was murdered at his Florida home in 1997 by gay serial killer Andrew Cunanan.
Gianni Versace left Allegra 50 Percent of his fashion empire, valued at 300 million Lbs. . He also left his beloved niece magnificent properties in Milan and on Lake Como. The rest of the fashion company is split between Donatella and Gianni’s brother, Santos.
Two years ago Donatella went into rehab for cocaine addiction. At that time it was said that she was under pressure from the strain of running the family business.
Gianni Versace was born in Italy in 1946. He worked as an apprentice at his mother’s dressmaking business, before working as a freelance designer. At the age of 25 Gianni was creating designs for the top fashion houses of the time. The Gianni Versace Company, with the help of his brother, Santos, in 1978. The Versace empire grew into an international fashion innovator. Gianni Versace counted among his friends and clients, Princess Diana and singer Elton John. Gianni Versace died in Miami, Florida in 1997.(versace.com).
Donatella Versace is the younger sister of Gianni. Donatella worked at her brother’s company, becoming an integral part of the decision making process. Today, Donatella is the Vice President of the Board and Creative Director of the Versace Group.
Santo Versace is the older brother of Gianni. Santo helped to found the Versace company. Today Santo is the President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Gianni Versace.
Allegra is the niece of Gianni and Santo. She is the daughter of Donatella. Allegra has been attending a fashion design school in New York.
Anorexia Nervosa is an illness that usually occurs in teenage girls. People with Anorexia are obsessed with being thin and are terrified of gaining weight. Anorexia is more than a problem with food or weight. People with Anorexia are attempting to use food and weight to deal with emotional problems.(familydoctor.org).