Moments after Gwen Stefani’s amicable breakup ode Cool plays, smug Evan Rachel Wood struts through posing for photographers at 7:45 p.m. Navigating through a maze of reporters – chatting with some, and not with others – she boldly sidles up beside Dita, 37, who is busy chatting away. At 7:50 p.m., the burlesque babe cups her hands to her face and scatters as soon as she realizes the girl who ruined her happy life is inches away when flashbulbs start popping.
Evan, 22, is added to the event at the last minute, so it is unclear whether she knew she would attend, but she seems completely caught off-guard.
Even before the lover of her ex-husband arrives, Dita is discussing heartbreak.
“I think I’ve become a little bit more careful in my selection now,” she says of what she wants in a man these days. “I look for people that keep me calm and bring happiness and joy to my life instead of the opposite of that. I look for elegance combined with someone who has great sexual chemistry with me. It’s the good parts of the bad guy and the good parts of the good guy, too. I like all of it.”
She tears up when asked how she bounced back from her 2007 divorce, telling me, “I’m not anyone to give relationship advice. I don’t want to talk about it anymore.”
Now dating Count Louis Marie de Castelbajac, 25, for seven months, the starlet is becoming bi-continental.
“He lives in Paris, and I just got an apartment there, so I’m really excited to go between L.A. and Paris so that I can really appreciate the great things about L.A. and the great things about Paris because there’s great things about both,” she says, her eyes still glistening between dark eyeliner. “I’m just excited about living in both places for awhile. But it’s still new. It’s seven months in. It’s in that great new stage.”
Dita is on hand to promote her cocktail Cointreau Teese, the drink of the evening, and present an award to designer Stephen Jones. We assume Evan just likes fashion and creating a stir, as she simply gives a knowing glance when asked how it feels to be here.
According to 2006 divorce papers, Evan was a factor in their split. Dita and Marilyn, 40, had been together since 2001, and their marriage ended after one year. Evan appeared in Marilyn’s 2007 video, Heart-Shaped Glasses. Both count themselves as his exes now.
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