Sophie Xeon’s ex-partner Tzef Montana?
Tzef has walked for designers including Eckhaus Latta and Hardeman, and appeared in the video for Charli XCX’s After the Afterparty.
Sophie Xeon and Tzef Montana
Tzef explained to Vogue that they met Sophie Xeon on a shoot for Charli XCX’s After the Afterparty in LA in 2016. Sophie had produced the track, while Tzef was cast as a performer in the video. According to Vogue, the couple continued to go on dates before moving in to Tzef’s apartment in Athens.
According to social media, the pair broke up in the summer of 2019. It is unclear why they split, and neither spoke out about the apparent break up in the aftermath.
A fan Twitter account for SOPHIE claimed that Tzef had unfollowed SOPHIE on August 27, 2019.
Sophie Xeon Background
Sophie was described as a reclusive figure, and remained anonymous for some time, concealing Sophie’s identity in interviews by masking Sophie’s voice or covering parts of Sophie’s body. Early in Sophie’s career, Sophie’s real-life identity was the subject of press speculation. Prior to coming out as a trans woman, some commentators accused Sophie of “feminine appropriation”, on the assumption that Sophie was a man using a female stage name.
In a 2013 Pitchfork e-mail interview, when asked about the choice of ‘Sophie’ as a stage name, Sophie responded: “It tastes good and it’s like moisturizer.” At one Boiler Room show, drag performer Ben Woozy was recruited to mime a DJ set while Sophie pretended to be a bodyguard.
The music video for “It’s Okay to Cry”, released in October 2017, was the first time Sophie’s voice and image were used in a release, with Sophie appearing nude from the bust-up against a backdrop of clouds. This was widely interpreted as a coming-out announcement as a trans woman. Sophie confirmed her trans identity in subsequent interviews, also speaking of feeling boxed-in by labels and describing music as Sophie’s “chosen method of communication” and self-expression. Representatives informed Pitchfork that Sophie preferred not to use gendered or nonbinary pronouns.
the messages in SOPHIE's work and especially in a song like Immaterial are so much deeper than just trans people being "real" in the sense that we typically understand that sentiment. For me it's much more complex than that. Her message was one of agency and of possibility.
— Mimi (from the band Michete) (@Michete) January 31, 2021
Sophie Xeon Death & Cause
Sophie died at around 4 a.m. local time on January 30th, 2021, aged 34, at home in Athens, Greece. Sophie’s death was reportedly caused by slipping and falling after climbing up to watch the full moon.