Simons is extremely sensitive — you can make him cry — and extremely masculine. When I saw him a month later, in Vienna, where he was finishing a five-year stint as visiting fashion professor at the University of Applied Arts, he said that, with people with whom he is close: ”I really like that it becomes very romantic. Not only in a relationship but also in the friendships.”
He went on: ”People who don’t know me look at my world as something very hard-core, and I don’t feel it that way. It’s not what attracts me. We go to the sea, five or six of us, and we’re all in pajamas with candles around and watching movies. O.K., maybe we’re watching a good movie, but we also watch trash movies. We’ve never really been that kind of group that goes to the scenes where all the cool people hang out.”
The Belgian designer Veronique Branquinho, who was Simons’s girlfriend between 1995 and 2000, agreed: ”In a way, he’s very much a family man. He likes to be at home. He’s very cozy about his family.”
Life is a set of juggling balls (family, friends, work, relaxation, blog, health/fitness, appearance, culture..) and it is IMPOSIBLE to keep them all in the air at once. Something has to give. The question is, how many can you keep off the floor at once..