Annabelle Neilson Dead: London Socialite And Alexander McQueen Muse Dies Aged 49

Sara C Nelson

Annabelle Neilson, a London socialite and former muse of tragic designer Alexander McQueen, has been found dead at the age of 49.

Police were called to Neilson’s £3.1m home in Chelsea on Thursday night. The Met confirmed her death is not being treated as suspicious.

Neilson, the former wife of millionaire banker Nat Rothschild, became McQueen’s muse at the age of 22 and claimed to have been the last person to have seen him alive before his suicide in 2010.

In 2015 she told the Daily Mail: “He was my brother, my boyfriend, my soulmate. Most of the time people called me Mrs McQueen. Quite often we were sharing a bed.

Alexander McQueen and Annabelle Neilson pictured in 2009

“The truth is I was happier with Lee than with anyone else. He asked me to marry him towards the end and I said no. I wish now that I had said yes.”

As well as modelling, Neilson, who battled a heroin addiction aged 16, starred in reality TV show Ladies of London and was close friends with supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.

After her three-year marriage to Rothschild ended, Neilson dated Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough’s half-brother. She attended his wedding to Kimberley Hammerstroem at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire last week.

Neilson with Kate Moss in 2012

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