Reta Saffo, Kate Spade’s sister, is revealing that the designer suffered from severe depression for years, but refused to seek professional help in fear of tarnishing her “happy-go-lucky” image.
In a statement to CBS New York, Saffo admits that her sister was “surrounded by YES people for far too long, therefore she did not receive the proper care for what I believe to be (and tried numerous times to get help for) Bipolar disorder.” She continues to note how her mental illness could be a result of her “immense celebrity.”
“She never expected it — nor was she properly prepared for it. Unfortunately, untreated, it finally took its toll on her,” Saffo admits.
Spade left a note that directly addressed how her 13-year-old daughter Frances Beatrix Spade was not to blame for her suicide. Instead, the late fashion icon reveals how marital and financial woes, including talks of husband Andrew Spade wanting a divorce, factored into her decision to end her life prematurely.