Designer Kate Spade suffered depression for years, husband says

Bessie Dean
June 8, 2018

The 53-year-old actor took to his social networking sites shortly after it was announced on Tuesday that the fashion designer had tragically been found dead in her NY apartment in what appears to have been a suicide.

"She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives", Andy Spade said in the statement, first published on The New York Times website. Her company, Kate Spade New York, has more than 140 retail shops and outlet stores across the country, as well as more than 175 stores internationally.

Andy and Kate Spade, pictured in 2017.

"We've learned Andy Spade was not living at the family home ... he and Kate had separated and he was living in a nearby apartment".

"She kept watching it and watching it over and over", she said. "It was a complete shock". Andy said that the couple had never discussed divorce.

In a 2002 interview with Glamour, Spade expressed her desire to be remembered not only for her incredible business savvy but also for her personal attributes that went beyond the Kate Spade brand.

"She puts forth a sort of aspirational line, which I think 'Oh I want to be like that!"

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"I'd come so VERY close to getting her to go in for treatment (to the same place Catherine Zeta-Jones went for her successful bipolar treatment program)", Saffo claimed in an email to the newspaper. She could make me laugh so hard. Long before we talked about "authenticity", she defined it.

Saffo explains that Spade seemed fixated with the death of comedian Robin Williams, who had also taken his own life by hanging back in 2014.

Calling his wife "the most lovely woman in the world", Andy Spade acknowledged that the couple had been living apart for the last 10 months.

Spade, 55, survived by her husband, Andy Spade, and a daughter.

Now, Reta Saffo, Spade's sister, is revealing that the designer suffered from severe depression for years, but refused to seek professional help in fear of tarnishing her "happy-go-lucky" image. "We loved each other very much and simply needed a break", he said, adding that he was "appalled" that the contents of an alleged suicide note were shared with the media.

"We worked together at a clothing store, and I was on the women's side".

Mr Spade said they remained best friends and were trying to work things out with their daughter Frances Beatrix remaining their priority.

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