Marc Jacobs Was a Heroin Addict—But Not a Fat One

By McCarton Ackerman 06/08/12

The fit fashion icon gives the skinny on his addiction and puts an odd rumor to rest.

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You can call Marc Jacobs a former drug addict. Just don't call him fat. The fashion designer opened up to Interview magazine about the heroin addiction that saw him go to rehab in 1999, and again in 2007 after a relapse, but he seemed most offended by the rumors that he became overweight while he was on drugs. "That was the stupidest thing I ever heard because first of all I was never a fat heroin addict," Jacobs says. "I was a skinny heroin addict, and I got over that luckily…I was fat when I stopped doing drugs, not fat while I was doing drugs. I don't know anyone who's fat when they're doing drugs." It seems like Jacobs took the words to heart, as he developed a ripped physique and added a few tattoos after his second stint in rehab. But even though he's been able to kick heroin, Jacobs hasn't been able to stop smoking—and doesn't seem to have any interest in quitting. He says that smoking is "the best," and combined with sleeping, is one of his "favorite things."

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.