In a rare interview Allegra Versace has opened up on her time away from the public eye following her battle with anorexia.
The 25-year-old daughter of Donatella Versace and Paul Beck has spoken about how a difficult adolescence made her crave anonymity.
"I call this my period of absence, I was lost in other thoughts and couldn't confront reality, with my eyes shielded from everything," she told Italian publication La Repubblica.
"Above all, I wanted one thing - to be no one, to not be recognised, not be hunted down.
"I studied theatre, and it pleased me greatly to play parts in little independent films that perhaps no one went to see...
"Still, anywhere I went, I was Versace. I couldn't escape, and it did me harm. I hated Los Angeles."
Allegra - the adored niece of Gianni Versace – was left 50 per cent of the family empire by her uncle, who was murdered in 1997.
She inherited this when she was 18, and has now been appointed to the Versace board of directors.
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