Julia Fox seems to have fast-forwarded through the stages of grief over a breakup, one with Ye, formerly known as Kanye West. She’s teleported straight into the land of acceptance. “It was the best thing that could have happened to me,” Fox told Entertainment Tonight at The Batman premiere in New York on Tuesday. “It kind of brought a spark back into my life that I had kind of forgotten about.”
The relationship ended around a fortnight ago. Ye appears to be with Instagram model Chaney Jones now, and anyone with sight has noted she was made in the image of Ye’s ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, who is legally single as of Wednesday. Fox originally drew comparisons to Kim as well, mostly thanks to their curvy body types. But no one can compare to Jones in the clone department; if you told me she had won a Kim Kardashian look-alike contest and the prize was her own 15 minutes with Ye, I wouldn’t fight you too hard on proving it. Around the end of Ye and Fox began Ye and Jones (though Fox says they’re still friends). This week, he posted a photo of himself and Jones together, and he’s rumored to relish her resemblance to his now ex-wife.
This kind of strange and public whirlwind, plus the clear overlap of romantic interests, might lead to bitterness in a person, a feeling of being used perhaps, but Fox’s party line has been straight acceptive. There are “shades of bitterness” around the breakup, according to a New York Times profile, but she also acknowledges the good things that flowed from her six weeks with Ye—even a kind of mutual use. Namely, she received some new courtesy-of-Ye connections to the fashion world, access to a new stratosphere of fame (she told The Times that being with Ye was “a crash course on how to be famous“), and a Birkin bag at her 32nd birthday party, plus precious Birkin bags for a handful of her friends.
Maybe receiving a Birkin bag is an expediting factor. From Birkins to acceptance that an infatuation is over in no seconds flat. And there is that gratefulness for bringing a “spark” back into one’s life.
Maybe we look for answers outside of the psychological community’s stages of grief, and instead to where all modern frameworks for understanding our world begin: television. Charlotte York of Sex and the City famously postulated that it takes half the time you were with a person to get over them. We are approaching the half-life of their time together, the three-week mark, and Fox seems to be counting on the fact that the world won’t discount her talents and personality despite her buoying-patrol moving on. As she told The Times, amid Milan Fashion Week as she got ready for the Versace show, “But I do think eventually I’ll surpass the Kanye narrative. Believe it or not, Kanye’s not the most interesting thing that’s ever happened to me.”
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