In one of her final interviews, Kate Spade spoke about wanting to “worry less”, and touched on her relationship with her daughter.
The famous designer, who was found dead in her New York home on Tuesday, filmed an interview with Build last year, where she opens up about what she would change about her past.
When asked if there was anything she wished she could tell her younger self, Kate said she would like to have taken the pressure off herself.
“Yes, to worry less,” she said, “I really wish I worried less. I worried throughout the company and I still do.”
Kate also spoke about her daughter, who was 12 at the time, and when the interviewer told her of the satisfaction she felt at purchasing her first Kate Spade bag, the designer replied, “You should tell my daughter that… she thinks I’ve done nothing”.
She later joked, “I’m going to write a child’s book about how to get through the pre-teen years – I’m joking – I just want to read the book of someone who has had experience with pre-teens, please!”
Kate, 55, was found by her housekeeper. She is survived by her husband Andy, who is believed to have been in the house when her body was discovered, and their 13-year-old daughter, who was at school.
In a note she left behind, she told her daughter that she loved her and that it wasn’t her fault.
Psychologist Professor Julie Cerel, told Yahoo Lifestyle, “It would not be fair to speculate why Kate Spade died by suicide, but it’s clear that she was struggling — the stressors of parenthood, issues that arise in middle age, or professional roadblocks are possibilities.”
It’s uncertain whether or not Kate struggled with depression, however, according to Professor Cerel, 90 percent of suicide victims have some sort of psychiatric disorder. “That conclusion is often determined through psychological autopsies in which loved ones are interviewed about the deceased person,” she explained.
“People may list depression as something they overlooked, but the reality is, people who die by suicide don’t necessarily have depression. In fact, people with eating disorders and schizophrenia are likelier to end their lives.”
Tributes to the designer and messages about mental health awareness have been flowing in on social media.
I am so deeply saddened by the news of Kate Spade’s death. Mental illness is cruel and doesn’t discriminate based on resources or perceived popularity. Be good to yourselves today, friends.
— Laura Turner (@lkoturner) June 5, 2018
Sadly both Kate Spade and Avicii are reminders that ‘success’ does not equal happiness. So heartbreaking.
— Em Sheldon (@emshelx) June 5, 2018
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