By 1986, Casablancas and Seymour had moved in together to his New York apartment. When interviewed by “New York Magazine” a few months later, Casablancas said that “Stephanie is a woman-child; her voice is a child’s, her attitudes, the way she holds her feet and hands are those of a child, at the same time with an incredible sensuality to it.”
Obviously, this comment didn’t help with people’s views of how inappropriate the relationship was. A lot of people also criticized Casablancas for giving Stephanie a fast track to modeling stardom. He helped her line up contracts, jobs, invitations, offers, and more. It wasn’t just the age gap that was the problem anymore, but the fact that this teenager was getting preferential treatment.
The Unexpected Reaction
Logically, Stephanie was expecting a very bad reaction from her parents once she told them she was dating a 42-year-old man. However, what happened once she told them shocked her beyond words. Her mother was mostly speechless and had an unapproving facial expression, but it was her father she was mostly worried about.
To the 16-year-old’s surprise, her father was chillingly calm and told her in a very stern voice that he was genuinely worried about her. He tried to explain how he thought Stephanie was making the biggest mistake of her life, but he knew that, ultimately, the decision was hers to make. Of course, Stephanie chose to stay with Casablancas.
Making an Effort
Casablancas was fully aware of Stephanie’s family’s reaction towards him, and it made complete sense. After all, Stephanie was still a minor. He didn’t want it to become a problem for his new relationship, so he decided to make the extra effort and visit Seymour’s family for Thanksgiving that year.
The Seymour family was weary of Casablancas, but after the weekend he spent in their San Diego home, cooking and playing tennis with Stephanie’s father and brother, he had completely won them over. Surprisingly enough, by the end of the holiday, Seymour’s family seemed even happy that their daughter was dating Casablancas.
Standing Her Ground
Before long, Stephanie felt that everywhere she went, she was stared at and talked about. Moreover, it seemed unfair to her that because Casablancas was the modeling mogul and everybody had to be on good terms with him, nobody criticized or judged him. She was getting the brunt of it.
Things got even worse once their relationship went public after the press published the whole thing. But Seymour had never been one to back down and give up, so she kept attending all the fashion events with Casablancas by her side and faced the critics with her head held high.
Something Was Changing
Stephanie had started to get used to the gossip and nasty stares, and with time, she stopped caring and just focused on her relationship and career. Everything was fine for the first year and a half, but things slowly started to cool off, and Stephanie increasingly felt like her adoration for Casablancas was wearing off.
She felt independent and capable of managing herself in the world without anyone’s help. She was building a successful modeling career, and it was all because of her hard work. As time went on, the 17-year-old felt less interested in Casablancas and more focused on building a life and a career for herself in the city.