Bad things happen to even the most glamorous people when you leave the city … especially for Florida. Just look at NYC “it” girl Tinsley Mortimer, whose series of missteps led to an arrest in Florida.
The once most sought-after society maven, Mortimer, came to New York from the south to study art at Columbia. She went on to marry her high school sweetheart, the Standard Oil scion Topper Mortimer and quickly became a “celebutant” — invited to all the most prominent social affairs and seated in the first row of fashion shows. She even had a cameo on “Gossip Girl” and a lipstick for Dior, aptly named “Tinsley Pink”.
“People thought that I had all the money in the world and that I was this little perfect princess posing with her hand on her hip and her blonde hair and her curls. That was an image I portrayed, and it ended up biting me in the ass,” she explained to Harper’s Bazaar.
Hoping to parlay this superficial fame into more something tangible caused strife in Mortimer’s marriage and ultimately lead to its demise.
“We weren’t growing up, was the problem. We were still stuck in the mind-set of being 18-, 19-year-olds. He had been my boyfriend for eight years, and I wanted a husband. And I just didn’t feel like I was getting a husband. But to be honest with you, I don’t know how much he was getting a wife either [sic], because I had just found myself immersed in this world of that socialite stuff.”
Things went south quickly from there. After starring in a failed reality show, “High Society,” she left NYC for Palm Beach, Florida and a new beau, Alexander “Nico” Fanjul. The relationship, while passionate, was also dangerously tumultuous, with the police intervening many times over the last four years.
“I went down to Palm Beach, and I was just walking away from everything. I just wanted to get away. I wanted to start over. I met this guy, and I thought I could.”
Her life hit rock bottom when she was arrested this spring for trespassing on Fanjul’s property. While her fame became reignited, it wasn’t in the positive way she had hoped. Sadly her mugshot ended up all over the web and social media.
Still, you can’t keep a good socialite down and Mortimer says she has learned from her mistakes. “Being arrested saved my life, just giving me an opportunity to understand the good in my life.
Older and wiser, Mortimer reflects that her “biggest mistake was that I was running away from something here in New York and I ran into the wrong hands.” She is now planning to move back to NYC to regroup with friends and rejoice in the city life once again. On the road to redemption, she is now working as an event planner, developing her candle and tabletop collection and even hopes to squeeze in a party or two.