Karl Lagerfeld has spoken of how his Persian cat Choupette taught him to soften up. The fashion designer who has a fearsome reputation, said that the gray and white cat is the perfect pet, better than a dog as that would require going for walks – something he prefers not to do in case he is recognised.
Choupette belonged to a friend originally but after Lagerfeld cat-sat for two weeks he refused to let her go. During a Q&A session at the Lincoln Center in New York with friend and actress Jessica Chastain, the 80-year-old Chanel designer said of the pet: ‘She’s helped me to become a nicer person. There’s something very touching about her. Even if she is spoiled beyond. [She] is the most beautiful cat in the world and very clean.’