Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

'I'm a nightmare to date'; Alexa Chung says her restless streak gets in the way of relationships


Alexa Chung has admitted she is a “nightmare to date”, saying that she doesn’t like being told what to do and she hates being “penned in”.

In an interview this week with Harper’s Bazaar, Alexa said: “I don’t like being told what to do. And I don’t want to be penned in. I don’t want to feel I have to be anywhere... I am quite restless. It makes me a nightmare to date, I think.”

Alexa, 31, dated Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner from 2007-2011 and also previously went out with fashion photographer David Titlow. She is now seeing Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard, 38. 

The presenter, model and fashion designer also pledged never to use Botox, saying it would look “a bit try-hard”.

“I saw Patti Smith the other night and she definitely hasn’t had any Botox and she looks cool,” she said. 

“I’m not anti, because there are people who have had it done who look really good. If I can’t even be bothered to brush my hair, I don’t think I should start getting face work…  I think it would look a bit try-hard.

“Being excitable and passionate is what makes you look good because if you’re engaged in what’s going on, you radiate youth,” she added.

Alexa, who spoke of her personal style as “a balance between masculinity and femininity”, said that she finds wearing boring clothes a real trial.

“It’s a sexy way to dress because it’s confident. A bad outfit can really get me down,” she said. “If I’m wearing something really normal and boring, it’s like torture.”

alexa alex turner

Chung with her former boyfriend Alex Turner in 2009

The model also said that she has become mellower since hitting her thirties. “I’m less generally anxious,” she said. “And I’ve learned that there are a bunch of themes in life that happen to everyone. So if a friend is going through something, or I am, I think usually it’s fine in the end.”

Alexa, who has a huge following online and admitted she finds it “weird” when she’s not in front of a camera, said that she pays no attention to any negativity she receives on Twitter or Instagram.

“Sometimes I respond, but I try not to,” she said. “I know it happens to everyone, and I don’t pay any attention because it’s not relevant to my life.”

alexa cover

Alexa Chung is Harper's Bazaar's July cover star

And while she concluded that social media is something “unmistakably important” and “something to be respected”, she said she would “never do anything that wasn’t genuine”.

She said: “Tech companies approach you to hold something in a picture and then say, ‘This is what I want you to write on your Twitter.’ There are people who get away with that and look really cool doing it, but I’m just not one of them.”

Alexa also addressed her multi-faceted profession, saying her career was "a shit-show-free-for-all.”

“I have too many agents and no central person, so I'm the central person and I'm already inclined to be quite scatty, so my life has very little order to it,” she said. “But I love it.”

Photos: Rex Features



Victoria Beckham on school days and the moment she fell in love


Jada Pinkett Smith shares unlikely relationship advice with daughter


The most memorable couple moments at Cannes


Secrets of long-term love from the couples who did it


Upcycle your city life with these slick new apps and websites


The happiness myth; Is our quest for contentment making us feel worse?



Woman responds in the best way possible to the receipt of a d*ck pic

“Dear Sir, Thank you for the unexpected and unsolicited submission of your penis portrait for our consideration”

by Harriet Hall
25 Oct 2016

Lady Gaga and James Corden are a perfect odd couple in Carpool Karaoke

Far from a Bad Romance.

by Moya Crockett
25 Oct 2016

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Heidi Klum's wardrobe antics to Olivia Wilde's sweet breastfeeding snap

by Nicola Colyer
25 Oct 2016

Serial’s Adnan Syed could be freed on bail while awaiting new trial

He has served over 17 years in prison

by Kayleigh Dray
25 Oct 2016

Pamela Anderson calls for a “sensual revolution” to eradicate bad sex

The model and actress wants us to stop watching hardcore pornography.

by Moya Crockett
25 Oct 2016

Sarah Jessica Parker slams sexist Kim Cattrall feuding rumours

“We needed each other”

by Kayleigh Dray
25 Oct 2016

“Frantic, distressed” Taylor Swift describes alleged groping incident

The singer says a DJ assaulted her backstage at one of her concerts.

by Moya Crockett
24 Oct 2016

A cast member has confirmed this Gilmore Girls fan theory

Had you noticed?

by Amy Swales
24 Oct 2016

Emma Stone has some thoughts on Hollywood’s “insane” gender pay gap

“We should all be treated fairly and paid fairly.”

by Moya Crockett
24 Oct 2016

Girl on the Train star forced to lose weight for previous role

“I was emaciated”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
24 Oct 2016