'Project Runway:' Meet the Judges' Spouses
The fashion design reality show, "Project Runway" had contestants amaze viewers with their designs for a whopping 17 seasons from 2004.
While fans of the show saw the creative working side of the judges, we looked at their romantic lives behind the glitz and glamour of their careers.
Heidi Klum is a newlywed, mostly. The former Victoria Secret model is married to the singer-songwriter and keyboard player for the band Tokio Hotel, Tom Kaulitz.
The couple has a mutual friend who introduced them, and they started dating around March 2018. On Christmas Eve of that year, Tom proposed, and the two secretly wed on February 22, 2019, exactly a year after they first met.
To share their special union with family and friends, Heidi and Tom held their wedding ceremony aboard the Christina O yacht in Capri, Italy, in August 2019.
Both originally from Germany, Tom and Heidi also have been previously married. Heidi divorced from her first husband, celebrity hairstylist Ric Pipino in 2002 after five years and married Seal in 2005, followed by their divorce in 2014. Tom's marriage to Ria Sommerfeld fell apart after three years of marriage in 2018.
Even though Heidi and Tom have a 16-year age gap, it doesn't into factor in their relationship. “My boyfriend is many years younger than me, and lots of people are questioning that and asking about it. That’s really the only time when age seems to be shoved in my face, and I have to give an answer for it,” Heidi told InStyle.
Tim Gunn hasn't been in a romantic relationship for years. While growing up, Tim knew himself to be different from others, and so did his family, even if they didn't accept it at the time.
“In my parents' home, the term 'gay' wasn’t even in our vocabulary. If I tried to talk about anything remotely related, they’d say, 'We’ve never heard of this!' But I think they knew that 'this' was what I was, and that’s part of why they sent me to shrinks constantly," Tim said in September 2010.
After overcoming a childhood stutter at the age of nineteen, Tim fell in love with a man he dated for almost a decade. However, when Tim's boyfriend told him that he had been unfaithful numerous times, it broke his heart, and that's how it stayed.
"I’ve always been kind of asexual. That breakup was a cold shower to last a lifetime. When people hear I haven’t had a boyfriend since 1982, they often whisper, 'Does he not have sex?' That’s right! Could I get Psychiatric help? Probably. It’s a little late,” Tim added.
Nonetheless, Tim is happy by himself and cherishes having a job that he loves, friends, and fans that show their support.
The fashion journalist and "Project Runway" judge is married to businessman David Conrod for over a decade. Along with their two children, the couple lives in New York, where his business is based.
With a Master's degree in Business Administration, David founded the FocusPoint Private Capital Group in 2010. Seven years later, David co-founded a lending firm for smaller businesses, Rise Line Business Credit, and is also a member of LANDC Investment, a financial services platform.
Fashion designer Michael Kors married his longtime partner, Lance Lapere, on August 16, 2011, during a ceremony on Dune Beach in Southhampton, New York.
The couple exchanged vows barefoot in the sand while Southampton Mayor Mark Epley reportedly officiated the ceremony.
The couple first met while Lance interned at Michael's Paris office 21 years before New York's law would permit gay marriage, and as soon as it did, the pair got the ball rolling with a marriage license they obtained on August 3, 2011.
Designer Zac Posen started dating the French stylist Christopher Niquet in 2008, and the couple has been together ever since.
In 2017, the couple upscaled their living quarters with the purchase of a two-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom duplex penthouse in the Upper East Side of New York.
Zac also owns a five-room apartment house in Midtown street in New York, which he bought early in 2013.
Designer Rachel Roy married the record executive, film producer, director, and actor, Damon Dash, on January 15, 2005.
However, two children and four years later, Rachel filed for divorce, which became final in 2011. But their court dealings were far from over.
A custody battle ensued that resulted in Damon, the co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records losing physical and sole custody of both his daughters, as well as a three-year restraining order even though the court granted him supervised visits.
Days after losing custody of his daughters, Damon sued Rachel for the mismanagement of their joint fashion company, Royale Etenia.
In April 2019, The Blast obtained court documents filed by Damon, wherein he demands joint physical and legal custody of their eldest daughter Tallulah.
Model Karlie Kloss met her future husband, brother to the senior presidential adviser Jared Kushner, Joshua Kushner, on June 8, 2012. Rumors about their relationship started swirling when he showed up as her date at Victoria's Secret Show after-party in November that year.
Even though both are public figures, the couple kept a low profile on social media with posts of them together every now and then, until Karlie announced their engagement on July 24, 2018.
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At the end of 2018 I am 34 years old, 35 pounds over my goal weight, missing a good amount of my hair and wearing many new wrinkles. I am alive, I am loved, and I love. I am a version of happy that has no connection to “things” and at times is unfamiliar to me because it is steeped so deeply in appreciating all the things that I had no appreciation for in my younger years, but that I know now are essential to sustaining every fiber of my being. I am living a smaller more purpose driven life filled with only those that I love unconditionally and who I undoubtedly know feel the same. 2018 was a year that I thought might break me, in fact many times it did. It was grossly ugly as it was happening, and as all things are, tonight with a glass of wine in hand and some reflection, it’s oddly beautiful. That perfect storm of everything i’ve ever dreamed of finally coming true and my worst nightmares rushing in at exactly the same time. But here’s the thing about perfect storms, if you survive them and after they bring you totally to your knees, the only place to go from there is up, and you’re always a little bit stronger. I did, and I am. This year I dreamed bigger than I ever could. I put on two shows that I am very proud of, we expanded our business to four collections, we told stories and created images that had heart and soul, we launched collaborations that gave back to younger kids like myself, we dressed women privately and publicly that I am proud to know, and I started a new job on a TV show (!) All of those things are thanks to many women and men who so selflessly devote themselves to my crazy dreams, and whom I love very dearly. No man is luckier than me to have friends and family from around the world that so seamlessly come together and rally during good times and bad, of that I am completely sure. This year my sister was married, my Mom got sick, children were born, and through it all, a tremendous love and bond was revealed. And lastly, I ended this year the same way I started this year, next to a great guy that I don’t deserve, saying I love you, and knowing that it’s both true and absolutely all I need. It doesn’t get much better than that. ❤️ #2018
Since then, Brandon became a designer for stars like Naomi Campbell, Meghan Markle, Michelle Obama, and Lady Gaga, with whom he shares a close bond.
Jesse began a career as a producer and photo editor, so when Brandon started The Brandon Maxwell brand FW 2016 campaign, the couple collaborated as directors, and again the following year.
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Wow, what an incredible night. I was blessed to even be invited! Thank you to Anna Wintour @voguemagazine for just being super kind. Thank you to my date @ladygaga for a decade of friendship and for making me truly believe I could have the life I dreamed of. Thank you to @sandraamador.xx & @tomeerebout for your years of friendship and fearless vision. To @fredericaspiras & @sarahtannomakeup for creating beauty in a way that matches your souls. To @marlaweinhoff for always bringing every dream to life, and to every single member of my team who worked tireless hours with so much love to help bring this dream to life, team members, pattern makers, seamstresses, you’re the real stars of the Met Gala. And mostly to @wonderfulboy for always telling me that the dreams I dream are valid and reachable, it’s because of you that I try. Biggest love to @ralphlauren @tiffanyandco & @jessica_o_ for being so kind in getting me ready! To any young people reading that are dreaming of this life, if I can do it, you absolutely can. See you there soon! 💕
"We really enjoy working as a team and developing the project. There’s so much conversation that takes place before we show up with the camera, and since we’ve been creatively involved for over a decade, we have a lot of shared references and a similar vocabulary when deciding on how we will approach the direction," Brandon said.
Christian Siriano started dating Brad Walsh the year before he became the winner of "Project Runway" in 2007. The couple became engaged in 2013 and made it official by wearing matching engagement bracelets instead of rings.
However, the couple called off the engagement in early 2015, but then reconciled and wed the following year at their Connecticut country house on July 8, 2016.
Brad broke the news of their separation on June 25, 2018, because he didn't want news outlets sharing it first, and wrote on his Instagram Story:
“Bit more than a month ago my husband and I separated. I was contacted by a writer for a website who somehow found out, so rather than let them break it, I’m telling you myself. It’s nobody’s business and I don’t want to discuss, but that’s what’s up.”
Elaine and her fiance, musician Jonathan Singletary's history, go back to their childhood when they grew up together, attending the same church in the Bay area.
They sang in the same youth choir "for like two seconds," and reconnected years later when Jonathan went to New York for business in 2013.
The pair met for drinks, and the undeniable chemistry led to their engagement three years later in December 2016.
Jonathan is a classically-trained pianist and became the lead singer of Harville while he has opened for the likes of Bruno Mars and Stevie wonder as part of his solo career.
Relatedly, Heidi Klum became the target of online body-shaming after her honeymoon with Tom Kaulitz earlier in 2019.
Heidi posted various pictures, where the former model posed topless facing the sunset away from the camera didn't sit well with netizens.