Rome: Allegra Beck Versace, the 20-year-old heiress to the fashion house that bears her name, is suffering from anorexia, her mother said on 28 March, in a statement aimed at stemming rumours about her daughter’s health.
“Our daughter, Allegra has been battling anorexia, a very serious disease for many years,” Donatella Versace said in a joint statement with Allegra’s father Paul Beck.
“She is receiving the best medical care possible to help overcome this illness and is responding well.”
A spokeswoman for the Italian fashion firm said Allegra was living at home in the United States where she is a student, and not in hospital, as some Internet gossip suggested.
“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”.
Allegra owns 50% of Versace which she inherited on her 18th birthday from her uncle Gianni Versace, the company’s founder who was murdered in Miami in 1997.
The girl Gianni called his “little princess” was only 11 when the fashion pioneer was gunned down outside his Miami Beach mansion by serial killer Andrew Cunanan.