Tom Ford has admitted it’s been ‘a struggle’ adjusting to life as a single father following the death of his husband Richard Buckley’s death.
The fashion designer, 60, shared rare insight into coping without his partner after he passed away in September at the age of 72.
In a candid interview Tom explained: ‘It’s been hard after 35 years, very hard,’ while discussing the challenges he’s faced since becoming the sole parent to their son Jack, nine.
So sad: Tom Ford opened up on the impact of his husband Richard Buckley’s death on Monday (pictured in 2017)
Speaking to WSJ he shared: ‘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.’
Tom also offered insight into how he’s coped since suddenly becoming a single father.
He said: ‘Until recently, I had Richard to help me out in the mornings. 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.’
He 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.’
Candid: The fashion designer, 60, revealed that adjusting to life without Richard has been hard as he is now a single father to their nine-year-old son Jack
In a rare and candid interview he explained: ‘It’s been hard after 35 years, very hard’ (pictured in 2014)
Tom and Richard first met at a fashion show in 1986 and they later married in 2014.
Speaking to PEOPLE in 2016 about the day they first met he said: ‘Our eyes locked and within a month we were living together, we have been together ever since.’
The two were on an elevator and Ford said he instantly knew Buckley was ‘the one.’
‘By the time that elevator landed on the ground floor I thought, ‘You’re the one.’ That’s it. Click. Sold, It was literally love at first sight.’
Richard died of ‘natural causes after a long illness’ back in September aged 72.
Love: Tom and Richard first met at a fashion show in 1986 and they later married in 2014 (pictured in 2009)
The former Gucci creative director – who is depicted in the film – began his essay by writing that he ‘recently survived’ a screening of the ‘two-hour-and-37-minute film.’
He quipped that the feature rivaled ‘the nighttime soap Dynasty’ but with a ‘bigger budget.’
‘Somehow I felt as though I had lived through a hurricane when I left the theater,’ the designer confessed. ‘Was it a farce or a gripping tale of greed? I often laughed out loud, but was I supposed to?’
Not impressed: Tom recently penned a ruthless review of the House of Gucci biopic, starring Lady Gaga , Adam Driver and Jared Leto, for the digital weekly Air Mail
Before airing out the rest of his thoughts to readers, Ford acknowledged his opinion may be ‘biased’ since he knew and worked with Maurizio Gucci, who was murdered just ‘steps away from his office’ in Milan 26 years ago.
‘It is hard for me to divorce reality from the glossy, heavily lacquered soap opera that I witnessed on screen,’ he explained, considering how familiar he was with ‘many of the other players in this saga.’
The Nocturnal Animals director continued: ‘I was deeply sad for several days after watching House of Gucci, a reaction that I think only those of us who knew the players and the play will feel.’
Savage review: The former Gucci creative director – who is depicted in the film – began his essay by writing that he ‘recently survived’ a screening of the ‘two-hour-and-37-minute film; pictured Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci, left, and Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani
Ford said ‘it was hard’ for him ‘to see the humor and camp in something that was so bloody.’
‘In real life, none of it was camp,’ the father-of-one added. ‘It was at times absurd, but ultimately it was tragic.’
Still, he predicted: ‘With Gaga’s and Driver’s strong performances, powerful over-the-top portrayals by the entire cast, impeccable costumes, stunning sets, and beautiful cinematography, the film, I suspect, will be a hit.’
‘Splash the Gucci name across things and they usually sell,’ he concluded.
While he doesn’t comment on actor Reeve Carney’s portrayal of him in the film, Ford did not hold back in criticizing other members of the cast.
‘At times, when Al Pacino, as Aldo Gucci, and Jared Leto, as Aldo’s son Paolo Gucci, were on-screen, I was not completely sure that I wasn’t watching a Saturday Night Live version of the tale,’ he snarked.
Ford remarked ‘Leto’s brilliance as an actor’ was ‘literally buried under latex prosthetics.’
‘Both performers are given license to be absolute hams—and not of the prosciutto variety. They must have had fun. Paolo, whom I met on several occasions, was indeed eccentric and did some wacky things, but his overall demeanor was certainly not like the crazed and seemingly mentally challenged character of Leto’s performance,’ Ford criticized.
Ford helmed Gaga as ‘the true star of the film’ and commended Driver for his ‘subtle and nuanced performance.’
Standout: Ford helmed Gaga as ‘the true star of the film’ and commended Driver for his ‘subtle and nuanced performance’