Tom Ford Opens Up about Life after Husband's Death

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Monday December 6, 2021

Tom Ford
Tom Ford  (Source:Associated Press)

Fashion designer and filmmaker Tom Ford spoke in a recent interview with WSJ Magazine about life after the death of his husband, Richard Buckley, who died in September at age 72, Just Jared reported.

[Note: The WSJ story is behind a paywall.]

E! Online recalled that Buckley, a "fashion journalist and editor... died on Sept. 19 'of natural causes after a prolonged illness,' Ford's rep confirmed in a statement."

Ford, 60, told WSJ Magazine, "It's been hard after 35 years, very hard" to be without his husband.

"I keep thinking, 'Oh, God, I have to call Richard,' or I need to send him a note about this. And he's not here."

Ford is now a single parent to his and Buckley's 9-year-old son, Jack, news outlets noted.

"Until recently, I had Richard to help me out in the mornings," Ford detailed. "It's been a little bit of a struggle the last month because he would normally get [Jack's] breakfast on school days while I was getting dressed."

Ford "went on to say it has been a challenge adjusting to the new routine however getting up earlier for the school run means he has a 'good start to the day,'" British newspaper the Daily Mail reported.

"Tom and Richard first met at a fashion show in 1986 and they later married in 2014," the Mail said.

As previously reported at EDGE, Ford spoke out recently about his reaction to the recently released Ridley Scott film "House of Gucci," which is a cinematic take on the murder of Maurizio Gucci. Ford wrote in a piece for Air Mail that he "knew Maurizio Gucci well and worked with him for four of the years that are covered in this film. He was murdered on the morning of March 27, 1995, just steps away from my office in Milan."

But while he praised some aspects of the film, the overall impression Ford gave of "House of Gucci" was negative. He spoke of having "survived a screening of the two-hour-and-37-minute film," and mused, "I often laughed out loud, but was I supposed to?"

Ford appears in the movie, "played by Reeve Carney, who appears towards the end when he was hired by the firm in 1990 and was instrumental in turning around the family's fortunes," EDGE said.

Ford recently published a new book, "Tom Ford 002," which was released Nov. 10.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.