Andy Spade, the husband of Kate Spade, has released a statement following the designer’s death.
Kate Spade was found dead in her home on the morning of June 5, 2018, from what police have characterised as a suicide.
There was reportedly a note left beside her, addressed to her daughter.
Kate’s sister and husband say that she had been suffering from mental illness for years, and Andy admits that they had been living apart for 10 months.
There had been no plans for divorce and he claims it had never even been discussed.
In a statement released to The New York Times, Andy said that his wife had suffered from depression and anxiety and was being treated by a doctor for the past five years.
She was also taking medication for the condition. According to Andy, there was no drug or alcohol abuse.
“Kate was the most beautiful woman in the world. She was the kindest person I’ve ever known and my best friend for 35 years,” he wrote.
“My daughter and I are devastated by her loss, and can’t even begin to fathom life without her. We are deeply heartbroken and miss her already.
“We were in touch with her the night before and she sounded happy. 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.”
The couple were not officially separated, although they did live in separate apartments close to each other.
He said they interacted and spoke with each other every day, took care of their daughter together and went on holidays together.
He went on to say, “We were best friends trying to work through our problems in the best way we knew how.
“We were together for 35 years. We loved each other very much and simply needed a break.”
Andy also claimed that he has not seen a note left behind by his wife and said his main priority is looking after the couple’s 13-year-old daughter, Bea.
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