Kate Spade’s sister believes the iconic designer suffered from bipolar disease brought on by her “immense celebrity” — and that it went untreated for years because of “YES people” who did nothing to help.
Reta Saffo said that her 55-year-old sister suffered from debilitating depression for years and refused to get help, fearing how that’d look for her “happy-go-lucky” image.
In a statement to CBS New York, she added 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.”
Saffo believes the disorder could have been brought on by her sister’s “immense celebrity.”
“She never expected it — nor was she properly prepared for it,” she said. “Unfortunately, untreated, it finally took its toll on her.”
Spade took her own life by hanging herself in her Park Avenue apartment Tuesday. She left a suicide note addressed to her daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade, 13, telling her it wasn’t her fault.
According to CBS, the note also contained mentions of financial and marital issues.
The designer reportedly fell into a deep depression days before her suicide because her husband of 24 years, Andrew Spade wanted a divorce, law enforcement sources told TMZ.
A source close to the family told People the Spades were “disgusted and saddened” by Saffo’s statements and that the sisters had been estranged for more than 10 years.
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