It's not easy being a princess. But at least you get some nice jewelry out of it.
Anne Hathaway's ex-boyfriend, "Vati-con" playboy Raffaello Follieri, 30, just copped to fraud and conspiracy charges yesterday, and today W Magazine publishes her first interview on the matter since the scandal broke.
Hathaway, 25, gave the style mag the interview a mere three weeks after Follieri's June 24 arrest. She had dumped him only a week before that.
"Right now I don’t have the wherewithal to be anything except professional,” she admits in the October issue of W. “As soon as I found out about the arrest, I had to get on a plane to Mexico to do a press tour for 'Get Smart.' And then I spent a week in shock at a friend’s house. And then I had to go back and do more press, and I haven’t stopped since."
She refused to discuss details of their relationship, the breakup or the scandal, but does speak of the aftermath. “I have to find a place to live,” she told W. “It’s a situation where the rug was pulled out from under me all of a sudden. But just as suddenly, my friends threw another rug back under me.
"One said, ‘Go stay at my house.’ And Steve Carell [her Get Smart costar] stepped up for me during an interview when someone asked a question [about it]. He said, ‘At some point you’re going to have to talk about this time in your life. You don’t have to do it this week. I’ll take care of anything that comes your way.’
“I’ve been shown such kindness,” she continues, wiping away a tear. “Not everyone gets that. A lot of people go through tough times alone.”
Meanwhile, federal prosecutors yesterday revealed the pricey gifts Follieri lavished on the "Princess Diaries" starlet, which were "recovered" from her last month.
The royal haul includes two Rolex watches, gold and silver, a silver chain and cross pendants with "blue and clear stones," a pair of silver earrings with "blue and clear stones," two jewel-encrusted gold rings, and a Louis Vuitton box.
The Feds don't give an estimate of worth for any of the items given to Hathaway, but it's sure to be a princely sum.
Italian businessman Follieri on Wednesday pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy charges following years of posing as a Vatican representative and telling investors that the Roman Catholic Church would sell him property with deep discounts.
As part of his plea, he admitted misappropriating at least $2.4 million of investor money, sending it to foreign personal bank accounts that were disguised as business accounts.
He will face up to 5 years and three months in federal prison at his sentencing on October 3.