While many in Hollywood resorted to pearls-clutching reactions to President Donald Trump’s victory on Election Day, vowing to flee the United States, one big name was packing his bags to return to his home country.
Well-known fashion designer and film director Tom Ford said in an interview last week with Women’s Wear Daily that Trump’s victory over former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton “made me want to come back even more.”
“We have a tremendous number of people in this country who feel disenfranchised and clearly we are not relating to or speaking to them,” said the Texas native, who has been living in London for nearly two decades. “I am at my core American, and it made me want to come back. It didn’t make me want to run away.”
That doesn’t mean, though, that Ford is on board with all of Trump’s political beliefs. After all, the fashion icon hosted a $15,000-a-head gala for then-President Barack Obama in 2012 when he was running for re-election.
But he did admit that Trump’s message resonated with a “big part of the country” — many in the Midwestern states — who felt abandoned by the political class. As he gets older, Ford said, he is “pulled back” to rural America.
Rather than run from opposition, as a Democrat, Ford said he sees Trump’s ascension to the White House as “a wake-up call.”
“I think when you sense that there is a divide in your country and that there are people who perhaps you’re not relating to, and that those of us who are fortunate enough to live in a world of very liberal human rights and privilege, it’s a wake-up call that we’re not addressing a big part of the country that does feel disenfranchised,” he said.
“It made me feel more nationalistic, if anything,” he continued. “The whole country is not like New York and [Los Angeles], and the world that I am used to living in.”
After finishing his role as director of the 2016 film “Nocturnal Animals,” which led Ford to live in Los Angeles for nearly a year, the accomplished entrepreneur said he was reminded of the California sun after 18 years in “dark London.”
Ford, along with his husband Richard Buckley and son Jack, is in the process of moving to Los Angeles after purchasing a massive estate previously owned by Betsy and Alfred Bloomingdale and worth an estimated $39 million.
As for all those Tinseltown stars who promised to leave the U.S. if Trump became president, it doesn’t appear any have fled the country now that the billionaire businessman has become the commander in chief.