After the news broke that famous fashion designer Kate Spade had allegedly committed suicide on June 5, rumors regarding Spade’s final days began to swirl.
Law enforcement sources reportedly told TMZ that Spade was going through a bout of depression because her husband of 24 years, Andy Spade, wanted a divorce.
— Variety (@Variety) June 6, 2018
However, a close friend of Spade’s told People that she had no idea Andy and Kate were going through a rough patch in their relationship.
Longtime friend Cornelia Guest said she never caught on to any type of “marital strife” between Andy and Kate.
Knowing Katy, this is how she would want to be remembered. She had a light that words can’t capture but touched everyone she came into contact with. She was exceedingly kind, beautifully sensitive, insanely talented, funny as heck and one of the most generous people I have ever known. She was effervescent. Hug your loved ones extra tight today.
She told People:
“They seemed to be the perfect, happy family.”
“Nobody knows what’s going on with someone. When the doors close, you never know.
I knew her from being in New York for years and years. We saw each other all the time. They were a very social couple, but you have to go out for business, of course. It’s a rat race. You don’t create a brand like that sitting on your a–. It’s her name on the door, no matter who you are working for.”
Kate and Andy have a 13-year-old daughter together, Frances Beatrix.
Guest told People that Kate and her daughter had a close relationship:
“They were so close. She was just a cute little girl.”
Dearly initially reported that it was unclear where Frances was at the time of her mom’s death. It is now being reported by People that Frances was at school.
On June 6, Variety posted a lengthy statement released by Andy which addresses the rumors surrounding his late wife. He said:
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.
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.
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.
This is the truth. Anything else that is out there right now is false. She was actively seeking help for depression and anxiety over the last 5 years, seeing a doctor on a regular basis and taking medication for both depression and anxiety. There was no substance or alcohol abuse. There were no business problems. We loved creating our businesses together. We were co-parenting our beautiful daughter. I have yet to see any note left behind and am appalled that a private message to my daughter has been so heartlessly shared with the media.
My main concern is Bea and protecting her privacy as she deals with the unimaginable grief of losing her mother. Kate loved Bea so very much.
In a 2002 interview with Glamour, Kate said she wanted people to “remember her not just as a good businesswoman but as a great friend — and a heck of a lot of fun.”