Kate Spade’s Husband Says Designer Suffered From ‘Depression and Anxiety for Many Years’

“For the past 10 months we had been living separately, but within a few blocks of each other,” Andy Spade says in first official statement Kate’s apparent suicide

Last Updated: June 6, 2018 @ 3:31 PM

Kate Spade, the designer who was found dead of an apparent suicide at age 55 on Tuesday, “suffered from depression and anxiety for many years,” her husband, Andy Spade, said in a statement published by the New York Times on Wednesday.

Andy Spade added that his wife “was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease,” and that her apparent suicide was “a complete shock” and “clearly wasn’t her.”

He also acknowledged that he and his wife had been living apart for “the past 10 months,” within a few blocks of each other.” Despite that, Andy Spade said, the couple and their 13-year-old daughter Bea “ate many meals together as a family and continued to vacation together as a family,” and that he and Kate “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 Spade also said that his wife did not suffer from substance or alcohol abuse, and was not having problems with her business. He also said that he had not seen a suicide note, writing, “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.”

Kate Spade was found dead in her Manhattan apartment after an apparent suicide, according to law enforcement officials who spoke with the Associated Press.

The style icon’s body was found hanging by her housekeeper at around 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday at her Park Avenue residence, according to the AP.

The Kansas City, Missouri-born, designer co-founded Kate Spade Handbags in the early ’90s, later expanding the handbag enterprise to include clothing, shoes and other fashion accessories. Her Hollywood ties include comedian David Spade — she married his brother, Andy, in 1994 — and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star Rachel Brosnahan, who is her niece.

Her brand, Kate Spade New York, touts more than 140 retail shops and outlet stores across the U.S. and more than 175 shops internationally.

David Spade paid tribute to Kate Spade in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon, remembering his sister-in-law with a picture of her attending one of his book signings.

“Katy at my book signing,” the actor wrote. “I love this pic of her. So pretty. I don’t think everyone knew how f–ing funny she was … Its a rough world out there people. Try to hang on.”

Brosnahan shared her grief over the loss of her aunt Kate Spade — or “Katy,” to her — the day after her death with a video of the famous handbag designer dancing by a Christmas tree.

“Knowing Katy, this is how she would want to be remembered,” Brosnahan wrote in a post to Instagram early Wednesday morning. “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.”

Representatives for Andy Spade and Kate Spade New York did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on the New York Times statement.