Six months after her divorce — which has been referred to as the nastiest in New York City — from billionaire David Mugrabi was finalized, socialite and artwork collector Libbie Mugrabi is able to paint the city purple.
“I got divorced and my ex cut me off. Everything kind of disappeared,” she informed The Post. “You don’t grow when life is easy. You grow when you hit the floor.”
It’s been a problem to untangle from David and his household, who personal billions in artwork, together with the biggest assortment of Warhols on this planet. During the acrimonious cut up, the couple fought over artwork, plus a $72 million NYC townhouse, a nine-bedroom property within the Hamptons and automobiles.
Reflecting on all of it now, Libbie in contrast herself to Princess Diana.
“I had the same thing as her — I got married young. She was told what to do and wear. And so was I,” she mentioned. “You’re under control and under a rein. It doesn’t matter what’s fair or what you deserve . . . After divorce, you can breathe, free of the gilded cage.”
The important drawback, she now believes, is straightforward: “I married someone who thought he was better than me.”
Libbie Scher grew up in beachy Deal, NJ. The daughter of a plastic-surgeon dad and a nurse mother, she loved a Palm Beach trip dwelling, attended Orthodox day faculty and held a fundamental life purpose: “I wanted to get married and have two kids by age 30.”
At 22, having enrolled in culinary faculty, Libbie met David, an artwork pupil eight years her senior, in Aspen, Colo. Born in Israel and raised in Colombia, David is the son of textile entrepreneur Jose Mugrabi, a significant artwork collector who owns some 800 Warhols, along with works by Renoir, Picasso and extra. Libbie and David’s 2005 marriage ceremony at The Pierre resort was attended by celebrities together with the Olsen twins and Owen Wilson.
(“I didn’t know anyone at my wedding,” Libbie mentioned.) There was no prenup.
Libbie, 41, admitted she “wasn’t happy” within the union. “It was definitely too many people in the marriage for me — I didn’t like it,” she mentioned, declining to elaborate on what precisely meaning. Seeking “clarity,” she turned to “a committee of helpers — healers, kabbalah, tarot cards, rabbis.”
The couple, who share custody of their teen son and daughter, cut up — and issues instantly turned ugly. Libbie accused David of assaulting her when she tried to take away a $500,000 Keith Haring sculpture from their dwelling, and of transferring possession of their $72 million Upper East Side townhouse to an LLC managed by his brother.
Although they reached a settlement in December 2020 — Libbie had sought $100 million and informed Page Six she was “very happy” with what she received — the exes have by no means actually stopped preventing.
David took her back to court in April, claiming she had not returned a number of artworks, a Ferrari and a Porsche. (Libbie’s workforce mentioned every part has since been returned.) Last month, Libbie filed a police report in Southampton, accusing him of making an attempt to dump damaged artwork on her.
“You can see the damage to the Basquiat. Once it’s damaged, it loses value immediately. You can’t help but think it was a malicious act,” Libbie’s lawyer, Ken Jewell, informed The Post. “I’m likely to file something to reopen the [divorce] agreement.”
Mugrabi mentioned she has been counseling different girls, a few of them strangers, over the telephone, serving to them cope with divorce.
“The court system in New York has no consideration for women,” she mentioned. “[The courts] make women grovel for the basics that they’re used to — for things they earned and are entitled to — then cut it to a tenth. Everyone tries to wear you down: the man, the court, the lawyers. It’s the most corrupt system.”
These days, she splits her time between Miami and Watermill within the Hamptons. She’s additionally planning to purchase a house in Maui, the place her Libbie Love streetwear line — together with trucker hats emblazoned with slogans like “Divorcée Glam,” “Bougie” and “Gaslighting” — is produced. “Gaslighting means someone is mentally f–king with you to make you think you’re crazy when you’re not,” she mentioned. “It’s a really common divorce strategy and an abuse tactic.” She plans to increase the model to incorporate keychains, luggage and sex toys.
Libbie additionally continues to gather artwork on her personal, and not too long ago purchased a neon piece by Tracey Emin. “I think I have an excellent eye,” she mentioned.
In June 2020, she drew criticism from The New York Times for internet hosting a 50-person dinner at Art Basel Miami in the course of the pandemic. That identical week, Page Six reported, she created “panic” when she scaled a multimillion-dollar unicorn sculpture by Damien Hirst to take a photograph.
“My artist friends compare me to Peggy Guggenheim,” she mentioned of the legendary Twentieth-century artwork collector, whose buddy defined to Libbie: “She was fast and furious and drove in her own lane and no one could keep up with her.”
Libbie is now not relationship Brock Pierce, the 40-year-old former youngster actor-turned-investor and presidential candidate she was first linked to final August, however mentioned their connection was simple: “He was my age. We had the same cultural references . . . I’ve never really dated anyone my age.”
After her breakup with David, Libbie admitted, she made poor decisions about folks she had in her life. “I got robbed by so many people since I got divorced — I’ve been robbed like 10 times,” she mentioned, noting jewellery, bank cards and artwork she mentioned was thieved by onetime buddies.
“I’m open and I’m free, and I’ve had some really creepy people around me. Now I’m being much more careful,” she mentioned. “I’ve never been 41 before with money and all this stuff. It’s like a rebirth. You have to relearn everything.”
Libbie mentioned she has no plans to hitch a “Real Housewives” franchise. She interviewed with producers a few years in the past however was delay by requests, together with that she drink on digicam. “They asked me to say, ‘Why have one Warhol when you can have them all?’ ” she recalled. (A supply near manufacturing informed The Post that Bravo handed on Libbie and never the opposite method round.)
“Plus, that’s like a job. I can never work for anybody. I march way too [much to] my own beat to work for anybody at this point,” she mentioned. “I’m independent . . . I’m happy. I feel like the best is yet to come.”
Photos: Tamara Beckwith/NY Post; Makeup: Markphong Tram utilizing Westmore Beauty/MP-IMC PR; Hair: Crystal Anglon