Tom Ford admitted it was a “struggle” adjusting to life as a single father after the death of his husband, Richard Buckley.
The fashion designer, 60, shared a rare insight into how he coped without his partner after his death in September at the age of 72.
“It has been hard after 35 years, very difficult,” Tom explained in a candid interview while discussing the challenges he has faced since becoming the single parent of their nine-year-old son Jack.
So sad: Tom Ford has opened up about the impact of his husband Richard Buckley’s death on Monday (pictured in 2017)
Talking to The Wall Street Journal He said, “I keep thinking, ‘Oh, my God, I should call Richard,’ or I want to send him a note about it. And he’s not here.”
Tom also provided insight into how he has coped since he suddenly became a single father.
He said, ‘Until recently, I had Richard to help me out in the morning. It’s been a bit of a struggle last month because he usually gets it [Jack’s] Breakfast on school days while I was getting dressed.
Adjusting to the new routine has been a challenge, he continued, but getting up early for a school run means he has “a good start to his day”.
Candid: The fashion designer, 60, has revealed that adjusting to life without Richard has been difficult as he is now a single father to their nine-year-old son Jack
In a rare and candid interview, he explained: ‘It has been difficult after 35 years, very difficult’ (Pictured in 2014)
Tom and Richard first met at a fashion show in 1986 and later married in 2014.
Speaking to People in 2016 about the day they first met, he said, “Our eyes are closed and within a month we’ve been living together, and we’ve been together ever since.”
The two were in an elevator and Ford said he immediately knew Buckley was “the one.”
By the time the elevator went down to the ground floor, I thought, “You’re the only one.” That’s it. Click. Sold out, it was literal love at first sight.
Richard died of “natural causes after a long illness” in September at the age of 72.
Love: Tom and Richard first met at a fashion show in 1986 and later married in 2014 (pictured in 2009)
The former creative director of Gucci – who is portrayed in the film – began his article by writing that he “recently survived” screening of a “2 hour 37 minute film”.
He said sarcastically that the feature rivals the “night soap strain” but “on a bigger budget.”
“Somehow I felt as if I lived through a hurricane when I left the stage,” the designer admitted. Was it a farce or a poignant story of greed? I would often laugh out loud, but was I supposed to? “
Not a fan: Tom recently wrote a scathing review of Gucci’s biography, starring Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, and Jared Leto, for Digital Weekly Airmail.
Before broadcasting the rest of his thoughts to readers, Ford admitted it The opinion may be “biased” because he knew and worked with Maurizio Gucci, who was murdered just steps away from his Milan office 26 years ago.
“It’s hard for me to separate reality from the glossy, highly polished series I’ve seen on screen,” he explained, considering how much he knows “many other players in this saga.”
“I was very sad for several days after watching House of Gucci, a reaction that I think only those who know the players and the play will feel,” the Nocturnal Animals director continued.
Savage review: The former creative director of Gucci—who is portrayed in the movie—started his piece by writing that he had “recently survived” a two-hour, 37-minute movie run; Portrayed Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci, left, and Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani, left.
“It was hard for him” to see the humor and camp in something that was so gory, Ford said. ”
One’s father added, “In real life, none of it was a campground.” It was silly at times, but it was tragic in the end.
However, he predicted: “With the strong performances of Gaga and Driver, strong photography by the entire cast, impeccable costumes, amazing sets, and beautiful cinematography, I believe the film will be a success.”
“Put the Gucci name on things and they usually sell,” he concluded.
While he has not commented on actor Reeve Carney’s portrayal of him in the film, Ford has not held back from criticizing other members of the cast.
“Sometimes when Al Pacino, as Aldo Gucci, and Jared Leto, son of Aldo Paolo Gucci, were on screen, I wasn’t quite sure I hadn’t seen the Saturday Night Live version of the tale,” he said.
Ford noted that Leto’s “brilliance as an actor” was “literally buried under latex prosthetics”.
Both performers have been licensed to be pure pork – not from the prosciutto variety. They must have had fun. Paulo, whom I met on several occasions, was indeed eccentric and did some strange things, but his general demeanor was certainly not like the crazy and seemingly mentally challenged character for Leto’s performance,” Ford criticized.
Ford directed Gaga as the “real star of the movie” and praised Driver for his “thin and subtle performance.”
Standout: Ford directed Gaga as the “real star of the movie” and praised Driver for his “thin and subtle performance”