The couple were together for over 30 years and share a son
Richard Buckley, husband of longtime fashion editor and designer Tom Ford, has died. He was 72 years old.
“It is with great sadness that Tom Ford announces the death of his beloved husband of 35 years, Richard Buckley,” Ford’s representative said in a statement to People magazine.
“Richard passed away last night peacefully at his home in Los Angeles [Sunday] With Tom and his son Jack. He passed away due to natural causes after a long illness. Statement Explained.
Ford, 60, met Buckley at a fashion show in 1986, and the two married in 2014. They welcomed their son, Alexander John “Jack” Buckley Ford, in September 2012 via surrogate.
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The “Nocturnal Animals” director told the magazine in 2016 that it was “literally love at first sight” when he saw Buckley. “Our eyes closed and within a month we were living together. We have been together ever since,” he recalled.
Buckley was best known for being the editor-in-chief of Vogue Homes International. He also operated Mirabella magazine and was a contributing editor to Italian Vogue.
He was born in New York but grew up in France and Germany. He also lived in England and Italy.
The fashion world reacted to Buckley’s death on social in several emotional tributes. Fashion designer Stella McCartney wrote in one Instagram post on Tuesday.
“What a gentleman, grace and charm filled the room when he was in it,” she said. “He was so loved, so respected and so madly and passionately devoted to you, Tom and Jack, that his life was so completely fulfilled.”
In the comments section, actress Naomi Watts and supermodel Helena Christensen sent their love to Buckley’s family.
“Such a loss. Sending love,” Watts wrote.
“She was such a beautiful soul,” Christensen said.
Fashion stylist/designer Rachel Zoe write, “We have lost such a beautiful and special soul, a gentleman of the most noble kind, Richard Buckley. It was an honor to know him, to have a deeply meaningful conversation with Richard was a gift I will hold on to forever. He Was brilliant, witty and apologetic honest, but most extraordinary was his true love and devotion to Tom and his son Jack. I will miss you so much Richard. May you rest in peace and with a friend of angels.”