"I'm glad somebody said it. Even if it is a little soon.”
Cara Delevingne has hit back after Jameela Jamil has criticised the outpouring of tributes after Karl Lagerfeld’s death, slamming him as a “fat-phobic misogynist”.
The Good Place star said the fashion icon was “talented for sure, but not the best person” after he died from pancreatic cancer on Tuesday morning.
Her outburst on Twitter came after a legion of stars including Courtney Love, Lily Allen, Kylie Minogue and Cara Delevingne rushed to pay tribute to the Chanel boss.
Sharing an article that criticised Lagerfeld, she wrote: “I’m glad somebody said it. Even if it is a little soon.”
But Delevingne has now responded and urged Jamil to not “call him a bad human.”
“Everyone has their own opinion and I felt the need to voice my own. All I want is for everyone to love each other no matter what,” Cara tweeted.
“Just please understand that it’s an extremely emotional time and we must try use love instead of hate.”
“All of these things should have been addressed while someone is living, not the day after someone’s death”.
After a brief back and forth, Delevingne apologised for appearing to “offend” Jamil.
Jamil replied: “I didn’t find you offensive.
“I just think it hurts a lot of fat people, and people who he was racist about, and people who were affected by his toxic misogyny, to see someone like that hailed as if he was a saint. We have privelege so he was nice to us. He hurt a lot of people.”
As the discussion drew to a close, Delevingne concluded: “Cara, his cruel words weren’t directed at you because you’re thin, and white, and incredibly privileged. So you don’t feel the pain of his bad behavior.
“There is never a good time to talk about this really. So much glory to someone who punched down, frequently. I’m sorry. X.”
It comes after Lagerfeld described Adele as a “little too fat” in 2012, before retracting his comments and claiming to be a big fan of the singer.
Her damning indictment of Lagerfeld is in contrast to model Delevingne, who hailed him as a “visionary and a genius.”
“He also introduced me to some of the most important and special people in my life. He is a visionary, a genius but more than that…. a dear friend. Outside of fashion, he was one of the most interesting and caring men I have ever met,” wrote Delevingne.
“I am so lucky and grateful to have had him in my life, worked with him and been able to spend time with him…. Although now, I wish it had been more. His legacy will live on forever. I miss you more than I could ever try and describe. I wish I had been able to tell you how much you meant to me.
“I love you @karllagerfeld all I can say is thank for the bottom of my heart.”
Other tributes came from the likes of Rihanna, Pharrell Williams and Courtney Love.