Repellent 'controversial' photographer Terry Richardson has confirmed that he is expecting twins with his girlfriend Alexandra Bolotow, who was once his intern and then assistant.
Richardson announced the pregnancy on Instagram, revealing that he and Bolotow, 32, had been struggling with fertility issues and were elated at the prospect of parenthood.
Those who have followed the numerous allegations about Richardson's sexual misconduct over the years will be less elated.
Bolotow and Richardson met when she was a student at NYU. She was described by Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes as a 'a rich girl who wanted some culture.' She has posed for 90 explicit photos that appeared in one of Richardson's books, including a photo of her performing fellatio on him with the word 'Slut' written on her forehead.
That will be fun to show the kids!
Bolotow has stood by Richardson through all the impassioned charges against him by models who spoke of being pressured to perform sex acts on him and threatened with the loss of their career if they refused.
In a particularly disturbing 2014 profile on Richardson in New York magazine, Bolotow countered the allegations with this argument:
I think part of being a strong woman is owning the decisions that you’ve made in your life. Trying to put the onus onto someone else for your own decisions is really cowardly and kind of dishonest.
This defense of Richardson's behavior was taken as a blame-the-victim insult to the young models whose stories were widely published online and in print.
The allegations and resulting outcry against Richardson's untouchable status with high-end agencies did seem to bring about change. Some magazines and fashion brands commented in public statements, promising to refrain from hiring Richardson in the future.
The Instagram announcement came after Page Six posted the pregnancy story, confirming a rumor spreading among the photographer's friends. Richardson told his Instagram followers this:
Babies' first Page Six shout out! We weren't planning to make this news quite so public quite so soon, because we are very cautious after going through some very difficult and heartbreaking losses, and always afraid of jinxing it, but since the cat is out of the bag... Skinny and I are very excited to let you guys know that we are expecting TWINS in the spring!!! This has been a difficult journey and we are so thankful to be surrounded by so much love and support from our friends and family, and some incredibly smart doctors! I'm sure the kids will be excited to use this as a Throwback Thursday one of these days!!!
Will fatherhood tame Terry Richardson or bring out a protective side we have yet to see? Or is it cause for concern, given his reputed conduct with young women over the years?
Is it too much to ask for social services to keep an eye on his twins? Or should we just hope they aren't girls?