Stella Tennant’s husband spoke openly about their marriage years before her death, saying the secret to their 20-year marriage was “We want it to work”.
David Lasnet also credited the model for lifting him out of depression early in their marriage, but said she was unaware of the depth of support she gave him.
He made the comments in an open interview about their marriage nine years before her death. Tennant split from her two-decade-old husband earlier this year.
The aristocratic supermodel – famous for her androgynous punk style – was found dead at her home on the Scottish border this week.
Although the circumstances of her death are unknown, it was alleged that the model was concerned about the impact of Covid on the fashion industry and had concerns that she would not return to work.
Paris-born photographer Lasnet previously described his wife as “super supportive” and credited her with improving his mental health after suffering from depression in his twenties.
The couple met when Mario Testino hired him as an assistant after he was spotted by the legendary fashion designer drinking coffee outside a Parisian café.
David Lasnet and aristocratic supermodel Stella Tennant married in 1999 in Oxnam, a town on the Scottish border. The couple separated in August
Stella Tennant passed away just weeks after her 50th birthday this week. Pictured: At a shoot with daughters Jasmine and Cecily
He was hired as a set assistant after turning down the designer’s offer to model for him and instead asking for a job behind the camera.
“And that’s how I met Stella,” he recalled in a 2011 interview with the New York Times Magazine.
Tennant was invited to do a photo shoot with Testino in New York, and the two hit it off.
It was love at first sight, she remembered. The couple shared lunch after filming.
‘David sat across from me. I was so nervous that the rice kept falling off my fork. I had to stop eating, ”she recalled.
However, due to the language barriers between the French-born Lasnet and the aristocratic British Tennant, it took them a while to get together as a couple.
“The first six months were very dampened by our ability to communicate with one another,” he said earlier. “Stella taught me English”.
Tennant and her husband David Lasnet at their 1999 wedding in the small parish church of Oxnam, Scottish Borders
Tennant appeared in 2010 with her daughters Cecily and Jasmine, then nine and seven years old, for an H&M campaign
Lasnet recalled that his sanity also helped the relationship start off rocky.
The photographer, who is now trilingual, said, “I went through a period of depression between the ages of 18 and 20.
“Stella really picked me up without knowing it. She came from a completely different background and always gave me great support. From then on everything got better. ‘
Lasnet asked Stella to have children with her within two months of the start of their relationship. She replied “not yet”.
It was the beginning of a relationship that lasted more than 20 years that gave them four children, Marcel, Cecily, Jasmine and Iris, who are now between 15 and 22 years old.
The couple married in 1999 at the local church in Oxnam, Scotland – Stella’s hometown.
Their relationship seemed idyllic and they built a happy home on their estate on the Scottish border.
They moved from New York, USA, to the 18th century house where Lasnet had started a successful career as a photographer, while Stella excelled as a model.
Known for her androgynous looks in her heyday in the 1990s, the model became a muse for Karl Lagerfeld. The fashion designer attributed her resemblance to Coco Chanel.
In August it was revealed that Stella had quietly separated from her husband 21 years after they were married in the local church. In the picture: Model Stella Tennant walks down the ramp and shows the Rocco Barocco bathing collection in Milan in 1998
The couple’s move across the Atlantic inspired Lasnet to retrain and studied osteopathy – a career choice he remembers was initiated by his son Marcel, who developed whooping cough as a toddler.
When asked about the secret to the longevity of their marriage, Lasnet said, “Well, I think we want it to work, you know?
“There is nothing better than growing old together. And it’s very easy to destroy something. ‘
“When we moved here, Stella’s mother watched me cut trees and said, ‘Yes, it takes 10 minutes to cut a tree and 10 years to watch it grow. ”
In August it was revealed that Stella had silently separated from her husband for 21 years.
The neighbors were shocked to learn that since the split, David had apparently moved to Edinburgh, where the couple had a stable house, and continued to work as an osteopath while Stella had started horseback riding.
“She was very popular, warm and friendly. The opposite of a social butterfly that is pretty starry and all the more popular in the community, ”one of them said yesterday.
“I saw her on her horse recently and we had a good time. She seemed fine, but said she was very worried [the impact of] Covid [on fashion] because she thought it might mean she never went back to work.
She said if people were allowed to travel again and the catwalk shows resumed, she would be considered too old. But that was the only thing that gave the impression that she wasn’t entirely happy. “
In one of her recent interviews, Stella said she was delighted to be growing old gracefully and joked that at her husband’s request, she even stopped coloring her gray hair.
David Lasnet said Stella Tennant (pictured on her wedding day) taught him how to speak English
Stella Tennant is survived by her husband and four children, Marcel, Cecily, Jasmine and Iris between the ages of 15 and 22
“I don’t really follow my modeling in the same way. If it wants to haunt me, that’s another matter, but I am the way I am. I’m not going to dye my hair… I don’t want to pretend I’m something I’m not, ”she said.
“I am incredibly happy to be where I am. I have my children, my husband, work that I enjoy … I mean, what else is there really? ‘
News of her death was confirmed just months after their split and just five days after their 50th birthday.
Her family said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Stella Tennant on December 22, 2020.
‘Stella was a wonderful woman and an inspiration to us all. She will be missed very much.
Your family is asking that their privacy be respected. Arrangements for a memorial service will be announced at a later date. ‘
Her death is viewed as sudden, but police say there are no suspicious circumstances.
Mrs. Tennant was the granddaughter of Andrew Cavendish, the 11th Duke of Devonshire and Deborah Mitford. Pictured: On the cover of Vogue
Ms. Tennant was the granddaughter of Andrew Cavendish, the 11th Duke of Devonshire, and Deborah Mitford, one of the most famous aristocratic siblings, who died in 2014.
Stella’s mother was Lady Emma Cavendish, daughter of Andrew Cavendish, the 11th Duke of Devonshire, whose seat is the famous Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.
Her first shoot did the cover of British Vogue in December 1993, which Ms. Tennant later said was “accidental” and at the end of the day’s work she was asked to do a Versace campaign in Paris to cover it ended the Italian edition.
Ms. Tennant also appeared in numerous advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Hermes and Burberry before retiring in 1998 when she was pregnant with their first child.
She later returned to the runway and worked behind the camera on several campaigns.