Given that Miranda Kerr got married to Snapchat cofounder and chief executive Evan Spiegel just a month ago, it’s not exactly surprising that lately, she’s been divesting of sentimental gifts from her exes. But thanks to the fact that Kerr is a supermodel with 11 million followers whose gigs have included replacing Gisele Bündchen at Victoria’s Secret, and her ex is the Malaysian financier and billionaire Jho Low, the process hasn’t been the most normal—or even voluntary.
On Friday, after an ongoing investigation resulted in lawsuits last week, Kerr headed to her safe deposit box in Los Angeles and took out $8.1 million worth of diamonds her ex Jho Low gifted her in 2014—and promptly handed them over to the government.
Low, after all, is at the center of an ongoing investigation into the scandal surrounding 1MDB, or 1Malaysia Development Berhad, which was founded by the Malaysian prime minister Najib Raza. Though Raza was supposed to use 1MDB to fund the country’s economic development, he’s since allegedly turned it into a money-laundering operation that’s reached as far as Hollywood, thanks to Low’s involvement with the fund and predilection for partying with the likes of Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton.
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Once Kerr split from her then-husband Orlando Bloom, in 2014, she became the object of Low’s affection, too. Among his gifts were an 8.88 carat heart-shaped diamond pendant, plus, over the course of their year-long relationship, more jewels that eventually amounted to around $8 million. It’s all quite romantic, except for the fact that Low appears to have stolen those millions from 1MDB instead of legally dishing them out from his own bank account.
In any case, Kerr, for her part, has definitely moved on.
“From the start of the inquiry, Miranda Kerr cooperated fully and pledged to turn over the gifts of jewelry to the government,” Mark Fabiani, the longtime Democratic strategist who’s also recently worked as a spokesman for Bill O’Reilly, told W. “Ms. Kerr will continue to assist with the inquiry in any way she can.”
Luckily, Kerr has had some pro bono help along the way, too: Leonardo DiCaprio has been embroiled in his own headache involving Low and 1MDB since last year, inadvertently but conveniently setting quite the example for Kerr to follow. After learning that his film The Wolf of Wall Street was involved with a1MDB-affiliated production company, Red Granite Pictures, DiCaprio enlisted some of his representatives to actually reach out to the Department of Justice and ask how they could help.
As a result, earlier this month, DiCaprio ended up forking over Marlon Brando’s Oscar, a $3.2 million Picasso, and a $9 million Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Supermodel Miranda Kerr Knows How to Balance Super Sexy and Ultra Feminine
Kerr attended the 2008 launch of a new Victoria’s Secret bra in a colorful strapless frock.
Showing off a new blonde hairstyle, Kerr matched her hue to a light colored frock for a Victoria’s Secret event in 2009.
Back to her darker roots, Kerr chose a metallic mini for Victoria’s Secret 5th Annual “What Is Sexy?” Bombshell edition party in 2010.
Kerr showed off her playful side in a cheery floral dress at the launch of a new Victoria’s Secret fragrance.
At W‘s Best Performances issue party at Chateau Marmont in 2012, Kerr chose a slinky white satin dress.
Kerr attended the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards in a black gown with side cut-outs.
For the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Kerr arrived in a leopard print bustier dress.
Kerr arrives at the 9th Annual G’Day USA Los Angeles Gala in 2012 in a white dress with black leather straps across the stomach.
Showing off her girly side, Kerr chose a light blue, floral dress for a 2012 Golden Globes party.
Sticking with the blue hue, Kerr arrives at the 2012 Women Of Style Awards in Australia in 2012.
Kerr attended the 2011 Met Gala with then-husband Orlando Bloom, wearing a frothy white dress.
For a 2012 music video premiere, Kerr opted for a Stella McCartney LBD.
Kerr takes a more gothic turn in this black lace number with long-sleeves at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
Kerr attends the 2012 Just Cavalli Soho Flagship store opening in a wild animal print dress by the brand.
Kerr shows off a revealing side slit and open back while attending a 2014 Golden Globes party.
At the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Kerr goes the Grecian goddess route in a white dress with metallic accents.
A sweet and girly moment for the model, at the opening night of “Romeo And Juliet” on Broadway in 2013.
The model shows off her legs in a metallic mini at the 2015 Met Gala.
A look only a supermodel could pull off: Kerr wears a belt around her abs, in Calvin Klein, at a Los Angeles event in 2015.
Kerr chose a slinky silver gown for the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
Showing off her edgier side, Kerr takes in the Saint Laurent runway show in a leather mini, leopard print jacket, and oversized choker.
Pictured with now-husband Evan Spiegel, Kerr opted for peekaboo white at a 2016 Grammys party.
Kerr arrives at the 6th Biennial UNICEF Ball in 2016 wearing a disco-ball-esque Louis Vuitton dress.
Red hot. Kerr shows more than a little skin in this cherry number at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
Kerr goes colorful in Carolina Herrera, including a thigh-high slit, at a Los Angeles party in 2017.
For the 2016 Met Gala, Kerr wore a risky Louis Vuitton design that she pulled off like only a supermodel can.
Kerr stood out in vibrant pink and red at the Louis Vuitton Spring 2017 show in Paris.
Kerr dazzled at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in a pale blue gown by Prada.
At this year’s Met Gala, Kerr turned heads in a vintage-inspired Oscar de la Renta gown.
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