How Miranda Kerr found herself in the middle of a diamond scandal

How on earth is Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr embroiled in a multi-billion dollar (yes, that was a b) international embezzlement investigation? It’s a long story, stretching back to her life after divorcing in 2014.

The former Victoria’s Secret angel has been married to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel since 2017, and the couple even bought a $120 million Los Angeles mansion together in August 2022, according to Architectural Digest.

Prior to her marriage to the tech CEO, Kerr was married to Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom. After three years of marriage and a son, they parted ways in 2013. Since their divorce, Bloom and Kerr have peacefully raised their child together, and Kerr has even become close with her ex’s new wife, pop star Katy Perry. The Kora Organics founder revealed during a podcast interview for Ladies First with Laura Brown that the couple are good friends. Kerr said that “Evan and Orlando really get along just as well as Katy and I do.”

Life seems peaceful now, but it was only a few years ago that the cover girl made headlines for her ties to the billionaire businessman, who has since fled justice.

A shady ex-boyfriend put Miranda in a difficult position

Miranda Kerr may be friends with her ex-husband Orlando Bloom, but there’s another ex out there that she’s not so friendly with. That ex-boyfriend would be Jho Low.

Low was a high-flying businessman until his role in 1MDB’s massive embezzlement scheme was exposed. According to the Washington Post, Low is accused of stealing billions of dollars from a Malaysian government development fund called 1MDB. The scheme jailed former Malaysian PM and 1MDB co-founder Najib Razak on corruption charges (per Reuters), while Low has been on the run since 2018 for his role in the scheme.

His attempts to court Miranda Kerr in 2014 made headlines when it was revealed the businessman had spent millions on the model. His extravagant gifts to her included a heart-shaped diamond pendant valued at $4.5 million and a pair of earrings valued at $1 million. If receiving jewelry from a man accused of masterminding a major scandal wasn’t enough, the diamonds weren’t the only gift Low gave Kerr, who he reportedly only dated for a year. She was also given a custom made translucent wing. According to the New York Times, such a piece could cost anywhere from $170,000 to more than $1 million.

According to Page Six, Kerr wasn’t the only celebrity Low used his ill-gotten gains to get close to; The financier also gifted Leonardo DiCaprio priceless Hollywood memorabilia.

…but she was happy to cooperate wherever possible

Despite the scandalous headlines, Miranda Kerr herself has never been accused of involvement in Jho Low’s misdeeds. As reported by Page Six, when the story first broke, sources said she happily complied with authorities – and intended to drop off the gifts even before she was told to do so. A little over a week later, The Wall Street Journal confirmed that Kerr had turned the jewelry over to the government.

However, when it came to returning the priceless piano, things got a little more complicated. According to The New York Times, Kerr was willing to forego the play, but his placement presented a tricky situation. Or rather, a deadlock. Upon receiving the piano, Kerr had been encouraged by the manufacturer to enclose the room in which it was placed to protect it. She did so and as a result the instrument got stuck in the house where she lived at the time. Speaking to the outlet about the situation, an official explained: “If you move it, you can damage it and then you have to restore it.”

Four years later, we’re not sure if the authorities took the risk – or the piano.