Tom Ford’s husband, fashion journalist Richard Buckley, passed away peacefully from natural causes at their LA home on Sunday night after battling prolonged illness.
‘It is with great sadness that Tom Ford announces the death of his beloved husband of 35 years, Richard Buckley,’ a statement from the family read.
‘Richard passed away peacefully at their home in Los Angeles last night with Tom and their son Jack by his side. He died of natural causes after a long illness.’ Ford, 60, – who is worth $500,000 – originally met Buckley, 72, at a New York fashion show in 1986.
They were partners for over three decades and officially wed in 2014 shortly after same-sex marriage was legalized in the U.S. The couple also shares an eight-year-old son, Alexander John ‘Jack’ Buckley Ford.
The couple met when Ford, who took over the reigns at Gucci before launching his own successful company, was just 25 and Buckley was 38.
He claims by the end of the ride, he knew he had found the man he would spend the rest of his life with.
‘I am an intuitive person – but also a rational person – and we were in an elevator and we went down about 10 floors and Richard was patting his eyes and talking a lot. And I remember just sort of standing back and looking him up and down – taking him in – and by the time that elevator landed on the ground floor I was like, ‘You’re the one; that’s it; Click! Sold,” Ford shared.