Kate Spade fell into a deep depression days before she committed suicide because her husband Andy wanted a divorce and she didn’t want their 24-year marriage to be over, police sources said.
Andy had moved out into a nearby apartment, according to TMZ, and multiple magazines earlier claimed the couple were ‘having marital problems’ according to sources close to the couple.
Spade, 55, hanged herself with a scarf in her Park Avenue home in Manhattan on Tuesday morning, leaving a heartbreaking suicide note to her daughter Frances Beatrix lying beside her.
The note read ‘Bea – I have always loved you. This is not your fault. Ask Daddy!’ which may have been because their marriage breakdown was the reason she decided to end her life.
However, police said he was at the apartment when his wife took her own life.
Fashion designer Kate Spade’s suicide was ‘not unexpected’ according to her family who say she struggled for years with bipolar disorder – but was too scared to seek help in case it hurt her brand.
Her older sister Reta Saffo said Spade struggled to cope with her celebrity status, which only made her suspected bipolar disorder worse. She added that her sister had been planning to kill herself for a long time before she hanged herself on Tuesday.
‘My little sister Katy was a precious, precious little person,’ Saffo told DailyMail.com. ‘Genuine in almost every way.
‘Just dear – but she was surrounded by YES people, for far too long, therefore she did not receive the proper care for what I believed to be (and tried numerous times to get her help for) bipolar disorder… stemming from her immense celebrity.’
Saffo said the 55-year-old never anticipated how successful her brand would become – and how she, with it, would become a household name: ‘She never expected it – nor was she properly prepared for it.’
Saffo told The Kansas City Star she’d noticed worrying signs of mental illness even when Kate was young – but the pressure of running her own brand meant her sister began to crack.
‘She was always a very excitable little girl,’ she said adding that ‘this was not unexpected by me’.
‘I felt all the stress/pressure of her brand (KS) may have flipped the switch where she eventually became full-on manic depressive…’
The heartbroken sister said Spade would self-medicate her suspected bipolar disorder with alcohol, because she was too scared to seek professional help in case it damaged the brand.
‘Unfortunately, untreated, it finally took its toll on her,’ she told DailyMail.com. ‘A very tragic and sad ending to the life of a very colorful and delightful being.’
Saffo said she was aware of her sister’s battle with mental illness, but it wasn’t until comedian Robin Williams killed himself in August 2014, that Saffo began to realize Kate’s obsession with suicide and her unraveling mental health.
She described how they were together at a hotel in Santa Fe when news broke of his death. And while she says they were both shocked and saddened, Kate seemed unable to tear herself away from the footage.
‘She kept watching it and watching it over and over,’ she said. ‘I think the plan was already in motion even as far back as then.’
Increasingly concerned about her mental state, Saffo says that she and Kate’s husband Andy Spade repeatedly urged her to go for treatment, including to the same treatment program where Catherine Zeta-Jones went for her successful bipolar treatment.
But she’d always ‘chickened out’ at the last moment.
‘We’d get sooo close to packing her bags, but — in the end, the ‘image’ of her brand (happy-go-lucky Kate Spade) was more important for her to keep up. She was definitely worried about what people would say if they found out.’
In the end, she said, Kate’s death was heartbreaking but ‘not unexpected’.
‘Sometimes you simply cannot SAVE people from themselves!’ Saffo, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, told The Kansas City Star.
Saffo said after numerous attempts to try and help her sister, she ‘finally let go.’ But not before her sister hinted at her suicide plan.
‘One of the last things she said to me was, ‘Reta, I know you hate funerals and don’t attend them, but for me would you PLEASE come to MINE, at least. Please!’ I know she perhaps had a plan, but she insisted she did not.’
Spade was found unconscious and unresponsive’ by her housekeeper on Tuesday morning.She is survived by her husband Andy, who is the brother of actor David Spade, and daughter Frances.
She shot to fame in the mid-90s thanks to her eponymous line of handbags, was also the aunt of Rachel Brosnahan, the star of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.
Source – DailyMail
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