• Paul Beck is Donatella Versace's ex-husband and a former fashion model
• They met in 1980 and married in 1983, having two children together; Allegra and Daniel
• Paul enjoyed travelling and reportedly cheated on Donatella, leading to their divorce in 2000
• Donatella is the chief creative officer of Versace and has worked with numerous celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Nicki Minaj, and Lady Gaga
• Donatella struggled with drug addiction before entering a rehabilitation program in 2004

Who is Donatella Versace’s ex-husband? Paul Beck Wiki Bio

Paul Beck was born in the USA in the ‘50s – he holds American nationality, and is a former fashion model, who rose to prominence after he married Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace.

Early life and education

Paul was raised by his parents in a middle-class family – he attended a high school in his hometown, and was discovered by a modelling scout when he was 16, thus he focused on his career rather than enrolling at university.

Career as a model

Paul launched his modelling career in the US before being noticed by Donatella, who invited him to start modelling for her brand Versace – it’s believed that she’s to be credited with his success in the modelling industry, as he wasn’t popular before meeting her and starting to work for Versace.

Love life and marriage with Donatella

Paul and Donatella met in 1980, but haven’t to this day disclosed the details regarding how they met for the first time – they married in 1983. with only their closest friends and family attending.

Donatella gave birth to their daughter Allegra Versace Beck on 30 June 1986. After the death of Allegra’s uncle Gianni, Allegra inherited 50 percent of the Versace company, which is today worth over $6 billion. Paul and Donatella also have a son named Daniel Versace, who was born in 1989 – the two divorced in 2000.

After the divorce was finalized, Donatella went on to marry Manuel Dallori in 2004, but the marriage lasted for only a year, as they divorced in 2005.

Likes and other interests

Paul’s main hobby throughout the years has been travelling, and his job as a model has taken him around the world – it is believed that he and Donatella divorced due to him travelling too much, while it’s also rumored that he was cheating on the fashion designer. Paul was hoping to launch a career in the film industry as well, but only appeared in a few movies, such as “Waking Life” in 2001, “A Scanner Darkly” in 2006, and “The Eyes of Me” in 2009 – his favorite actor and actress are Mel Gibson and Anne Hathaway, while his favorite movies are “Braveheart” and the “Mad Max” franchise.

Paul is a shopaholic, and enjoyed going shopping for clothes several times each week in the past – his favorite ‘color’ is black, and he’s very keen on wearing suits.

Appearance and net worth

Paul is around 64 years old. He has short brown hair and blue eyes, is 5ft 8ins (1.72m) tall, and weighs around 152lbs (69kgs). His net worth is over $1 million, while Donatella’s is reputedly still over $200 million, as of  mid-2024, despite the relative demise of the Versace brand in recent years.

Donatella Versace

Who is Donatella Versace, Paul’s ex-wife?

Donatella Versace was born in Milan, Italy on 2 May 1955 – her zodiac sign is Taurus and she holds Italian and American nationality. Donatella is a fashion designer and businesswoman, best known for being the chief creative officer at Versace, which was founded by her brother Gianni.

Donatella was raised in Reggio di Calabria in Southern Italy alongside her three siblings – her mother Francesca was a dressmaker, while her father Antoni worked as a salesman. When she was nine, her sister Tina who was 12 died due to an improperly treated tetanus infection.

In 1975, Donatella began learning knitwear design in Florence, Italy, together with Gianni who went on to launch the Versace clothing brand. In the ‘80s, as a sign of appreciation for being his muse, Gianni launched a perfume specially made for Donatella called “Blonde”. When he was murdered on 15 July 1997, Donatella inherited 20 percent of the Versace company – she is currently in charge of overseeing the production of numerous collections ,and has helped design advertising campaigns for Versace which have included celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Nicki Minaj, and Lady Gaga among numerous others.

In 2000, she designed the Green Versace dress for Jennifer Lopez which she wore to the 42nd Grammy Awards, and which made Donatella famous worldwide – she is also credited with designing the Palazzo Versace Dubai Hotel, which opened in November 2016.

Donatella has won numerous awards throughout the years for her designing skills, including the FGI Superstar Award in 2008 – in 2012 and 2016, the “Glamour” women’s online magazine named her the fashion designer of the year. She received the fashion icon of the year award at the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Awards in 2017, and in 2018 became the first woman to become the designer of the year at the 2018 GQ Men of the Year Awards.

Donatella could have been seen in many movies, including “Zoolander” released in 2001, while she also appeared in “The Devil Wears Prada” hit movie in 2006. Because of her looks, many people have parodied her on TV in shows such as “Saturday Night Live” and “Ugly Betty”. In 2013, Gershon played Donatella in the “House of Versace” biographical film – as she was Lady Gaga’s friend, Gaga wrote a song for her in 2013 entitled “Donatella”.

Donatella became addicted to drugs after her brother was killed in 1997, as stated in an interview with the “Vogue” magazine – ‘I couldn’t stand the pain. I had to hide my feelings. What better way to hide your feelings than with drugs?’ The addiction lasted for over six years, before she entered a rehabilitation program in 2004, and although reovering somewhat, has periodically relapsed again, apparently to a lesser degree.

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