The fashion world is all atwitter today at the breaking news of Anna Wintour’s split from her longtime partner, Shelby Bryan.
The doyenne of Vogue and the high-powered investment banker first met in 1997 and tabloid speculation about their relationship began two years later. At the time, she was married to David Shaffer, while he was married to Katherine Bryan. After leaving their respective spouses, they wed in 2004, but reportedly things have been icy between them as early as 2013, after it was revealed he owed the IRS some $1.2 million in back taxes. In fact, they have rarely been since in public together since.
Among the swirling rumors: That he’s gone back to his ex-wife Katherine… and that she’s smitten with British actor Bill Nighy (who is NOT “The Science Guy” as I originally thought)…
This tops off a tumultuous year for Anna. In May, she was excoriated in Andre Leon Talley‘s tell-all The Chiffon Trenches. The next month, Vogue was rocked by allegations of widespread racism. That prompted Wintour to issue a rare mea culpa, in which she apologized for race-related ‘mistakes’.
Since the split, Bryan has reportedly been spending time in his native Texas and has not responded to arequest for comment. A rep for Winter has also declined to comment.