By Bebe Leone
It was the beginning of the 90s. Grunge was setting in, lifestyle became more essential and compared to the previous decades, love itself became more private. It was worn out in hotel rooms rather than in celebrity-crowded hot spots. Kate and Johnny’s love story came to define this era of ’90s cool, and helped form the woman and man we know today as trend icons.
Settings: New York, L.A.1994-1998
Leading Actors: Kate and Johnny, no need to add more
Plot: They met in New York City at Cafe’s Tobaco in 1994. Kate the British model who had with her careless, chic-grunge style shifted people’s attention from early 90s slick supermodels, the likes of Claudia Shiffer and Naomi Campbell, and Johnny the hell-raiser, talented actor with a couple of iconic roles already under his belt. When their relationship went public, the whole world went crazy about them; people thought they were eccentric, but admired their way of carelessly and freely carrying out their relationship.Their love story was bright and true, yet sometimes socially inappropriate. One such event that will always be associated with their relationship is when Johnny trashed his hotel room at the Mark Hotel in New York after an argument with Kate. On the other hand he was also the one to organize Kate’s 21st birthday party at the Viper Room and had Gloria Gaynour sing for her. Their romance defines a time when love was more about a state of mind and passion came from taking care and being taken care of. Kate recently told Vanity Fair about the agony that followed the break up with Johnny: ‘There’s nobody that’s ever really been able to take care of me,’ she said. ‘Johnny did for a bit. I believed what he said. Like if I said, “What do I do?” he’d tell me. And that’s what I missed when I left. I really lost that gauge of somebody I could trust. Nightmare. Years and years of crying. Oh, the tears!’ Similarly just months after their split, Johnny said in an interview, ‘Kate is somebody I care about deeply… she’s a great, lovely, sweet, pure girl – really a great kid, and I care about her. I love her on a very deep, profound level”
The couple reunited in October 2013 to star in Paul McCartney’s Queenie Eye Video. Sharing the scene with a bunch of stars gathered at Abbey Road Studios from all over the world, it was the first time they appeared together after their split up.
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