Made In Chelsea star Victoria Baker-Harber has revealed she is mother to a baby girl following a secret pregnancy.
The socialite, 32, told Hello! magazine she had welcomed her beloved daughter Gaia Grace one month ago with gallery owner partner Inigo Philbrick, 33 – who was arrested and charged with wire fraud in July during the designer’s second trimester.
Inigo, who is in custody in the US, has not met his daughter, with the reality star speaking of her heartbreak as she raises her baby alone.
‘She’s my entire world’: Made In Chelsea star Victoria Baker-Harber has revealed she is mother to a baby girl following a secret pregnancy (pictured in May)
The reality star said: ‘As hard as its been not to have Inigo around, I’ve been lucky to have amazing friends and amazing family.
‘I decided to keep my pregnancy under wraps because it’s sort of a private thing. It was only really my parents and closest friends I told to start with.
‘I am really excited for Gaia’s first Christmas, I am going to have all of my family around. Sadly probably won’t have Inigo around but as soon as I’m able to, I’m going to go and visit him so they can meet.’
Victoria added that Gaia had changed her ‘entire world’ and that she has become her number one focus.
Bittersweet: The socialite, 32, welcomed Gaia Grace one month ago with gallery owner partner Inigo Philbrick, 33 – who was arrested and charged with wire fraud in July (pictured together)
According to Vulture, the TV star and the entrepreneur embarked on a relationship in 2017, just months after he welcomed a baby girl with his then-girlfriend Fran Mancini – an Argentine part-time art dealer and perfumer.
It is unclear when Inigo and Fran broke up, but Victoria and his ex were believed to be acquaintances. MailOnline has contacted Victoria’s representatives for further comment.
The jet-setting art fraudster was arrested over the summer, after escaping the police for eight months following accusations he stole more than $20million (£15million) from art dealers.
The Connecticut native allegedly scammed collectors and dealers by selling them the same artwork for inflated prices before his fraud was uncovered in 2019.
It’s a spectacular fall from grace for the contemporary art scene’s wonderboy, who opened galleries in Mayfair and Miami, and seemed to have a ‘Midas touch’ for investing in works by emerging artists who went on to become successful.
Former partner: The influencer and the entrepreneur embarked on a relationship in 2017, just months after he welcomed a baby girl with his then-girlfriend Fran Mancini (pictured in 2016)
Inigo was arrested by the FBI in the Republic of Vanuatu, in Oceania, and charged with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, which could see him spend 22 years in prison, while his assets, estimated at $70million (£52million) , have been frozen.
The businessman, whose father was the former director of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut, started his career as an intern at the White Cube Gallery in London in 2010, after graduating from Goldsmiths College.
Founder Jay Jopling told Le Monde he was ‘clever, ambitious, he had a good eye and an incredible instinct for business’.
Inigo quickly ascended the ranks of the art world, opening his own gallery in Mayfair in 2013 and another in Miami.
Motherhood: In a new interview, the TV star revealed Gaia has changed her ‘world’ and is now her number one focus (pictured in 2017)
By 2016, he was making $55million (£41 million) a year thanks to his eye for emerging artists, buying works from up-and-coming talent, including Wade Guyton, Christopher Wool, Rudolf Stingel and Sterling Ruby.
This early success financed his taste for the finer things, jet-setting around the globe to St Moritz and Ibiza where he spent his money on drugs and partying.
Convinced he had the ‘Midas touch,’ the gallery owner started to tread on dangerous ground when he promised buyers he could get them ‘insane return on investments’ which failed to materialise.
For instance, he persuaded collector Aleksandar Pesko to buy a Basquiat painting called humidity for $18.4m, saying they could sell it for $35m at Christie’s,.
However, the sale never materialised, and an anonymous source from the acution house later said they’d never made an offer on it.
Between 2016 and 2017, he turned to another scheme in order to keep his business afloat.
It was revealed the millionaire would partner up with other companies to buy artworks and re-sell them without notifying the other parties.
Le Monde cites the example of a Picasso portrait from New York artist Rudolf Stingel, which the fraudster bought for $7.1million (£5.7million) with the German company Fine Art Partners, a financial services company specialising exclusively in the art market.
Without notifying FAP, the gallery owner sold the painting for $6million (£4,841,400) to offshore company Guzzini Properties and pocketed the money.
However, FAP was alerted to the coup when Guzzini Properties put the painting up for auction at Christie’s in 2017.
At the same time, Serbian financier Aleksandar Pesko revealed that Philbrick had sold him 50 per cent ownership of the same work of art for $3.35million (£2,704,555).
Last appearance: The media personality is best known for making cheeky remarks and leading a fancy lifestyle, as documented on MIC (pictured with Mark-Francis Vandelli in April)
After FAP sued Philbrick in 2019 in the hope of recovering other artwork they had bought jointly with the fraudster, it was revealed he had employed the same scheme to sell an installation by Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama to Saudi Arabia in 2019.
In 2017, Fine Art Partners had bought the Kusama for $3.3million from an auction house in New York through Philbrick.
It began suing Philbrick and his gallery in October 2019, seeking the return of art worth $14million (£11million) that had been purchased by Philbrick’s gallery, which included the pumpkin room.
Several other collectors have since accused Philbrick of fraud, including the billionaire businessmen, the Reuben brothers.
Facing a growing pile of accusations, Philbrick vanished in October 2019 and fled to Republic of Vanuatu in hopes to escape justice.
However, the was arrested by local authorities after an investigation and handed to the US in Guam.
‘As alleged, Inigo Philbrick was a serial swindler who misled art collectors, investors, and lenders out of more than $20 million,’ The US attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey S. Berman said in a press release.
‘You can’t sell more than 100 per cent ownership in a single piece of art, which Philbrick allegedly did, among other scams.
‘When his schemes began to unravel, Philbrick allegedly fled the country. Now he is in U.S. custody and facing justice,’ Berman added.