Paulina Porizkova has given a behind-the-scenes look at her new apartment, revealing it’s actually next door to her first place in New York City.
After moving into her new pad earlier this week, the 55-year-old model shared a sultry photo of herself looking out her living room window while lounging around in a silk negligee.
‘Coming full circle. As I already mentioned, my new apartment is literally next door to my very first apartment in this city, which I rented in 1983! So here I am again,’ she wrote at the start of her candid Instagram post.
What are the odds? Paulina Porizkova, 55, showed off her apartment on Instagram on Wednesday, revealing it’s right next door to her first place in New York City
Keeping it real: Paulina followed up the optimistic post on Thursday with a photo of herself standing in her new bedroom, which was still covered with half-opened boxes
Paulina rented the place after selling the Gramercy Park townhouse she shared with her late husband Ric Ocasek for three decades.
‘I’m once again single and unsure of my future. But otherwise — there is a huge difference between the me now and the me then,’ she explained. ‘Back then, I was standing at the top of the cliff, ready to flex my wings, but having no knowledge of how much it hurts to learn to fly.’
‘The obliviousness of youth and the boundless hope that comes with it, made the throwing myself off the top of the cliff exhilarating,’ she continued. ‘Now I’m back on top of this cliff, having flown and crashed. Bruised and shaken, I’m all the worse for wear.’
Paulina admitted that her ‘confidence has taken a beating,’ but she feels wiser than when she first moved into the city as a rising model.
‘Now I know what my wings can do. I know the wind currents. I know how to steer and control my flight,’ she said. ‘Still, the knowledge of unexpected storms, wayward airplanes, confused birds and mythical dragons makes this second time jump off the cliff scary rather than exciting.
Back in the Big Apple: Earlier this week, she revealed she has returned to New York City and moved into her new apartment this week
Helping hands: The model struck a post with the movers she hired to help carry her large antiques and baby grant piano into her new rental, saying it only took them two hours
‘But this time I also know to fully feel and see and smell and hear and appreciate and marvel on my way back down. Hope lies not in the amazing things ahead but the amazing things on the way.’
Paulina followed up the optimistic post on Thursday with a photo of herself standing in her new bedroom, which was still covered with half-opened boxes.
‘Aaand — here is the “other” reality of my new apartment — my bedroom,’ she wrote. ‘Yesterday I had an idea I wanted to illustrate — today it’s just plain old boring truth. But I’ve never enjoyed unpacking as much. The sense of it being all mine is thrilling.’
The mother of two documented her move-in day on Instagram earlier this week, starting with a photo of herself sorting through her things in a storage unit.
‘A much happier moving out day. Moving out — from storage! More boxes. But this time I’m happy to be unpacking!’ she captioned the image, which shows her bundled up in a black puffer coat, a knit hat, and a face mask.
Paulina, who spent most of the pandemic quarantined in her home in upstate New York, hired Moishe’s Moving company to help her with the move, and she had nothing but praise for the team.
Celebratory drink: Paulina also shared a video of herself making instant coffee in her new apartment on her ‘moving-in day’ on her Instagram Stories
She shared a snapshot of herself posing with the movers in front of their truck while they were all wearing masks.
‘This team led by Alex had me moved in — in two hours, despite my baby grand piano and large antique pieces,’ she wrote. ‘Thank you Moishe’s! And no, this is not an add [sic], I pay like everyone else. Plus tip.’
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit star ended her post with a note about her silver puffer coat that resembled a poncho.
‘My wacko silver coat is by Norma Kamali — it’s called a sleeping bag poncho, and it really works like one,’ she said. ‘Yeah, ok, it also looks like one… But! Super warm!’
Paulina also shared a video of herself making instant coffee in her new apartment on her ‘moving-in day’ on her Instagram Stories.
The mother of two sold her former home in September for $10 million, a year after she found her estranged husband dead in the townhouse at age 75 on September 15, 2019.
Moving on: Paulina sold the townhouse where she lived with her late husband Ric Ocasek for three decades for $10 million in September
Difficult: Paulina shared a number of photos of herself packing up the home where she and Ric raised their sons Jonathan, 27, and Oliver, 22
‘Yes, the house that’s kept us all safe for thirty years, is now to embrace another family,’ she wrote at the time. ‘I had a little talk with it when it was being shown, and told it to woo the sort of people it wanted. Or I’d sell it to Russian developers.
‘The house picked its next family. And I must say: it couldn’t have picked a better family,’ she added. ‘The spirit of art and love will stay right here where it belongs.’
Paulina shared a number of photos of herself packing up the home where she and Ric raised their sons Jonathan, 27, and Oliver, 22, admitting she had never cried more than she had in the past year.
In late October, she revealed that she had been battling depression and anxiety since she moved out of the home.
‘This feeling of incredible physical heaviness, lack of energy, and constant tears — is, by the way, as much physical as it’s emotional,’ she wrote.
‘It started Friday, creeping up on me like a very stealthy cat sneaking up on its prey. While I thought a good night’s sleep would make it go away — I woke up Saturday with an utter lack of interest in anything. Including getting up.
Ready to go: The mother of two, pictured moving out of the townhouses, admitted that she had never cried more than she had in the past year
Hard to handle: Paulina, pictured in her home for the last time in October, struggled with depression and anxiety over the move
‘This for me is day three in which I feel like my bones are made of lead pipes.’
She later documented her hunt for an apartment to rent, revealing that she wished that she was able to buy a new place.
Paulina and Ric were married for three decades before they quietly separated in 2017, but they had not yet finalized their divorce when he passed away last year.
Before his death, Ric had cut his estranged wife out of his will, claiming that he was ‘abandoned’ by her, but because they were not legally divorced, Paulina, as his widow, may be entitled under New York law to an ‘elective share’ of his estate.
Ric specifically addressed the rule in his will, stating: ‘Even if I should die before our divorce is final…Paulina is not entitled to any elective share…because she has abandoned me.’
However, unless it can be proven in court that she did abandon him, she will likely be entitled to a one-third share of the musician’s assets, which are listed as $5 million in ‘copyrights,’ $100,000 in ‘tangible personal property,’ and $15,000 in cash.