Galliano, 52, was fired from his job as the head of the Dior fashion house after he made racist remarks on two separate occasions in a Paris cafe.
The designer told Vanity Fair magazine he is not a racist and blamed his actions on drug and alcohol addiction. He said he underwent treatment at an Arizona rehab and has been sober for two years.
"It's the worst thing I have said in my life, but I didn't mean it," he told the magazine of the anti-Semitic insults he expressed in 2010 and 2011. "I have been trying to find out why that anger was directed at this race. I now realize I was so... angry and so discontent[ed] with myself that I just said the most spiteful thing I could."
The BBC said Galliano has been largely shunned by the fashion world and has been keeping a low profile since his outbursts made headlines. He has been working, however, creating Kate Moss' wedding dress and collaborating with designer Oscar de la Renta.