News of Kate Spade’s unexpected death sent shockwaves through the fashion world and beyond after it was revealed she took her own life at the age of 55. Now, Kate’s husband Andy Spade is opening up about why the successful fashion designer may have committed suicide, and it wasn’t because they were getting a divorce. However, Andy did admit that they had been living separately for the last 10 months.

Despite the fact that he was living a few blocks away from Kate recently, they were still very close. “Bea was living with both of us and we saw each other or spoke every day,” he explained. “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,” he said. He also revealed that he talked to Kate the night before her suicide, and she “gave no indication that she would do this.”

Instead, he insisted that the reasons behind her death stem from years of battling depression and anxiety. He said that she had been regularly seeing a doctor and taking medication for her mental illness, but that her inner demons eventually won. “There was no substance or alcohol abuse,” he said adamantly. “There were no business problems. We loved creating our businesses together. We were co-parenting our beautiful daughter. This is the truth. Anything else that is out there right now is false.”

Prior to the statement, TMZ reported that law enforcement officials revealed that after interviews it was clear that Andy wanted a divorce and Kate did not. It was also reported that Kate and Andy were having relationship problems before her suicide, per The Blast.

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Following the news of her death, Kate’s family members spoke out and revealed that the statements made by her estranged sister, claiming the fashion icon struggled with mental health issues and that her death was not unexpected, are not true.

“The family is disgusted and saddened that at this time of great sorrow, Kate’s sister who has been estranged from the entire family for more than 10 years would choose to surface with unsubstantiated comments,” a source told People magazine. “Her statements paint a picture of someone who didn’t know her at all.” In a separate statement, her family wrote, “We are all devastated by today’s tragedy. We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.”

Kate’s brother-in-law David Spade shared a sweet Instagram post honoring Kate’s memory, captioning the photo, “Fuzzy picture but I love it. Kate and I during Christmas family photos. We had so much fun that day. She was so sharp and quick on her feet. She could make me laugh so hard. I still cant believe it.”

Our thoughts are with Kate’s family and friends during this difficult time.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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