Rumours abounded after designer Kate Spade’s sudden death on Tuesday. Her husband, Andy, publicly addressed them.
Spade’s death – now confirmed to be a suicide – on Tuesday left the fashion world reeling. The designer had a devoted following of fans too and her brand was familiar, and loved, far outside of the industry itself.
Soon after the news of her death broke, rumours began swirling. It was reported that one of the notes she left made an ambiguous reference to her husband; a sister mentioned a drinking problem; there was speculation that the business was in trouble….
In response her husband, Andy issued a statement addressing the tragedy – and the speculation. It revealed that Spade had been waging a serious battle with depression for a long time. He first referred to her kindness and how much he loved her then said,
“Kate suffered from depression and anxiety for many years. She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives…There was no indication and no warning that she would do this. It was a complete shock. And it clearly wasn’t her. There were personal demons she was battling.”
He revealed that the couple had been living apart for the past 10 months, explaining, “We were best friends trying to work through our problems in the best way we knew how… We loved each other very much and simply needed a break.”
He also directly addressed the speculation that Spade had had a drink problem and that the business had been floundering. He revealed she had been seeing a doctor regularly and taking prescription medication for her depression and anxiety but outright denied there was a substance abuse or business problems.
His final comment was an appeal for privacy for him and their daughter, Bea as they come to terms with their loss.
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