Andy Spade spoke out one day after his wife, Kate Spade, took her own life.
The fashion designer’s husband confirmed their 10-month separation, but claimed they were working through their problems, in a lengthy statement issued to E! News.
“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. 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,” his statement began. “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. 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.”
Interestingly, he unveiled that they continued to keep daily communication, vacation and eat many dinners as a family.
“For the past 10 months we had been living separately, but within a few blocks of each other. Bea was living with both of us and we saw each other or spoke every day. We ate many meals together as a family and continued to vacation together as a family. Our daughter was our priority. We were not legally separated, and never even discussed divorce. 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.”
Kate Spade was found hanging by a red scarf in her New York City apartment on Tuesday. She left a suicide note directed to her 13-year-old daughter, Frances Beatrix, reassuring that it wasn’t her fault, and to, “ask daddy.”