Socialite Libbie Mugrabi has revealed she would have stayed married to her art dealer ex-husband David but says he filed for divorce which kickstarted their bitter $100million court battle.
Mugrabi, 41, settled her divorce with her art collecting ex-husband David, 47, in December. It’s unclear how much she walked away with, but she’d asked him for $100million and was ‘very happy’ with the settlement she received.
She said that while her husband was ‘very nice’ and a ‘lovely man’, he was too short for her. She didn’t give his height, but she is 5ft 7 and he is smaller, she said.
She shared her hopes of meeting someone taller to date next.
David’s Syrian family are worth an estimated $5billion and are legends in the art world.
The pair have two children together, Rosemary and Joseph, who are believed to be around 14 and 12. They got married in 2005, a year after meeting at The St Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado.
In an interview with podcaster Avery Andon that is now on iTunes, the pair gushed over art, her recent move to Miami and her divorce.
Libbie Mugrabi with her ex-husband David in 2010. She says he filed for divorce and that she would have stayed married to him until their kids were 18 but now wants to date a ‘tall guy’ because her ex was ‘too short’
Mugrabi in court in 2018. She and David fought for three years over his fortune before they reached an undisclosed settlement in December 2020
She also said that she would have stayed in the marriage until the kids were both 18, but that her ex blindisded her by filing, even though they had been discussing separation.
‘I gave David the book, Consciously Uncoupling, three years ago when we were first talking about breaking up. I don’t know why…he thought it was funny.
‘I meant it – we have two children together, they’re beautiful. We are both really lucky.
‘We have a great life and there was absolutely no reason to enter a bitter divorce,’ she said.
She went on to say that she grew up with divorced parents and ‘understands it’ whereas her ex-husband does not.
After her ex-husband, Libbie dated child actor turned Bitcoin billionaire turned presidential hopeful Brock Pierce. She says he too was ‘too short’
Now, Mugrabi says she is eager to work on her ‘lifestyle brand’ – Libbie
‘My parent are divorced, I know divorce. The problem is he doesn’t. He’s not from here, he’s not American. I don’t know what he wanted or wants… I know what I want,’ she said.
She also said she ‘probably’ would have stayed married until their children were 18 but that he filed.
‘Yeah, probably. We have kids. I think I would have waited until the kids were 18
‘He got angry…he got more bitter,’ she said.
Now that the pair are divorced, she says she wants to move on with someone taller.
‘My ex-husband was short. I don’t know how I ended up again with a man that was at my height, or shorter. But I did, and I will not go out with a short man again … I couldn’t wear heels. It worked in the summer, I’d go shoeless, but when the fall comes … I need a tall guy,’ she said.
The other ‘short guy’ she was talking about was Brock Pierce, a child-actor turned bitcoin trader.
‘Short men have a Napoleon complex. They aren’t happy about their height so they have to make up for it in other ways,’ she said.
She and Andon also discussed Mugrabi’s fear of getting COVID-19, which was the driving force behind her leaving New York City for Miami, where she held a 50-person Art Basel party despite the art festival being canceled due to the pandemic.
The party was at the Faena hotel and Libbie – whose parents are plastic surgeons but who says she’s been around art her entire life – was seen climbing a Damien Hirst golden unicorn at it.
The 41-year-old has moved into a suite at The Setai hotel in Miami where she says she feels ‘safe’ because there are staff, she knows the owners and ‘times are dangerous’
She insisted that her guests wore their masks throughout the party except for when they were eating and drinking, but said she will not be taking the vaccine when it becomes available to her.
In her interview with Andon, Mugrabi also said that she ‘doesn’t believe’ in plastic surgery and she herself does not need it.
‘My family collected art – my grandfather was a pioneer of plastic surgery. He brought something called rhinoplasty to New York City.
Mugrabi also says she has not had any plastic surgery, doesn’t need it and continues to only use Botox and sugar strands in her face which she says are natural
‘I’ve never had any. I don’t believe in plastics surgery… if you need it – I don’t need it. I do Botox, I do sugar strings – they’re natural – for my face. They build collagen,’ she said.
She also asked Andon if he ‘likes the Black Lives Matter people’, and said she does not ‘trust’ anyone who has COVID-19 antibodies.
Mugrabi now lives in a suite at The Setai, which she says she had to ‘gut renovate’ to her standards when she moved in.
She said she feels ‘safe’ there because she ‘knows the owners’.
‘I need a very, zen beautiful home. I rented a place here at The Setai… I had to gut renovate it.
‘I didn’t want to live in South Beach. I only rented for six months. My friends own the hotel so I feel safe there.
‘The times are dangerous, we don’t know what’s going on. I like having the service and I know the owners… it’s easy for me right now,’ she said.
She said her 2020 had been like a ‘rollercoaster’ and was surprised to be told by Andon that service industries and lower income groups had been ‘crushed’ by the pandemic.
‘Have they? Nobody wanted to give me a discount, so I don’t know’ she replied.
Mugrabi is also profiled in the new issue of Tatler in the UK.
She said she spent time in London during 2020, ‘when no one wanted to travel’ and that she was ‘fortunate’ to be the ‘only person in business’ on one flight.