Inside Patrizia Reggiani And Maurizio Gucci's Marriage

Lady Gaga set the internet ablaze the second she posted a pic of herself and costar Adam Driver from the set of their upcoming movie, House of Gucci on Instagram. Gaga — who was basically born to wear Gucci — plays Patrizia Reggiani in the film and Driver plays her husband, Maurizio Gucci.

House of Gucci is currently slated for a Thanksgiving 2021 release, per Harper's Bazaar. In addition to Gaga and Driver, the biopic also stars a reportedly unrecognizable Jared Leto as Paolo Gucci, with legends like Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons rounding out the cast. The screenplay is based on the book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by Sara Gay Forden.

Fans immediately began marking their calendars for the film's debut and building vision boards around the couple's impossibly chic winter looks. And plenty of folks became suddenly curious about the real-life couple who Gaga and Driver are set to depict in the film.

The real story behind Reggiani and Gucci is an even darker high fashion tale than the murder of Gianni Versace. Reggiani, a former socialite and one-time Gucci chief adviser, was released from prison in 2014 after being convicted of plotting the murder of her Gucci heir ex-husband, per The GuardianScroll on for more deets on the true story of the ill-fated couple.

How the glamorous couple lost it all

In the '70s and '80s, Patrizia Reggiani and Maurizio Gucci were known for their ultra-glamorous lifestyle — Reggiani reportedly spent 8,000 euros a month on orchids alone, according to Vogue — but when Maurizio was murdered in 1995, Reggiani was immediately a suspect, per The Guardian. No shock there, as she'd threatened to murder her ex-husband publicly before.

Reggiani told The Guardian in 2016 that while the young and beautiful couple was "a team" when they first married, all of that changed when Maurizio took control of the Gucci business, and, according to her, stopped regarding Reggiani as a partner. The Gucci brand lost millions and Maurizio was forced to sell.

At the time of his murder, Maurizio was living with Paola Franchi, a younger woman who he'd begun seeing while still married. According to Harper's Bazaar, in 1985 Maurizio told his wife he was going on a business trip and just never came back, leaving Reggiani and their two daughters Alessandra and Allegra.

Reggiani told The Guardian that she was angry with her husband for "many things" during this time, but above all, for losing the family business. "He shouldn't have done that to me," she said.

Dubbed "Black Widow" by the tabloids during the trial, Reggiani was depicted as a greedy, scorned woman. But Sara G. Forden's book, and the biopic House of Gucci, might just change that narrative.