Richard Buckley, Tom Ford’s husband & partner of 35 years, has passed away

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Tom Ford was in New York this month to show his latest collection during New York Fashion Week, and he attended this year’s Met Gala as well. He went solo for everything, which most people were used to at this point – his husband rarely attended big events. Ford’s husband Richard Buckley was very ill, and had been ill for many years. Richard Buckley passed away on Sunday, September 19th. Buckley and Ford were one of fashion’s great romances. They met and fell in love before Tom Ford was the powerhouse designer we know today. They met in 1986 and became a couple soon after. That’s a 35-year romance and partnership. They married in 2014. They welcomed their son Alexander John Buckley Ford in 2012.

Richard Buckley, fashion designer Tom Ford’s husband and partner of over three decades, has died. He was 72. According to a statement from Ford’s representatives, Buckley, a renowned fashion editor and journalist, “died of natural causes after a long illness” on Sunday night.

“It is with great sadness that Tom Ford announces the death of his beloved husband of 35 years, Richard Buckley. Richard passed away peacefully at their home in Los Angeles with Tom and their son Jack by his side.”

Ford, 60, met Buckley in 1986 at a fashion show, and the pair eventually wed in 2014.

Buckley enjoyed a career in fashion journalism that began at New York Magazine in 1979. He went on to publications that included Women’s Wear Daily and Vanity Fair. He also became the European editor of Mirabella magazine, contributing editor at Italian Vogue, and later the editor-in-chief of Vogue Hommes International.

Buckley and Ford most recently lived in London, New York and Santa Fe. The pair are parents to son Alexander John Buckley Ford, 8.

[From People]

Buckley was well-loved and well-respected in the fashion community and the fashion-media industry and he obviously had his own excellent career. He seemed fine with Tom’s success and fame though. Buckley had significant health issues for years, decades really. People got used to seeing Tom Ford attend events solo, or with friends, because Buckley did not have the health or the inclination to attend anything with his husband. I genuinely feel so sorry for Tom and for their son Alexander. The family must be beyond devastated. At least Buckley was surrounded by the people he loved, at home. A small relief at the end.


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17 Responses to “Richard Buckley, Tom Ford’s husband & partner of 35 years, has passed away”

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  1. girl_ninja says:

    Oh man. Poor Tom. He seemed so in love with his husband and spoke glowingly of him.

  2. Esmerelda says:

    Condolences, truly.

  3. Becks1 says:

    How sad. Condolences to his husband, son and family.

  4. dea says:

    This made me genuinely sad. My best wishes for Tom and their son.

  5. Diana says:

    Wow. Condolences 😔 You just never know the weight people carry with them the personal pain we all have.

  6. chitowner says:

    This is so sad. Bless them in their time of grief.

  7. AmelieOriginal says:

    How sad for Tom, 35 years is a long time to be with someone! I honestly thought his husband was much, much older than him (like a 20+ year age gap not just 12 years older) based on these pictures. But I’m guessing Richard’s long illness contributed to him looking much older than he actually was.

  8. Lilibetp says:

    So sad. Condolences to Tom and Alexander.

  9. Teebee says:

    What an elegant couple. This is sad news, didn’t know he was ill for so long. What a lifetime of memories they will have to sustain them now and for the years to come.

  10. Gil says:

    In an interview while promoting one of his films Tom Ford talked about how once you find true love you don’t let it go. This is so sad. I hope they can met again someday in a better place.

  11. Sofia says:

    Oh no. Condolences to the family, especially their son. It is really hard to lose a parent that young.

  12. FHMom says:

    Aw. This is sad. Thirty five years is impressive.

  13. Quincytoo says:

    So sad to hear this
    What a beautiful loving couple

  14. jferber says:

    So sorry. Wish you peace, Tom Ford.

  15. Jaded says:

    Rest well Richard, much sympathy to Tom and their son.

  16. Courtney B says:

    How sad. 😢 I especially feel for their son. We discuss on here sometimes the risks of having a child when you’re older and perhaps dying while that child is young. I wonder if his long health issues contributed to their decision? They were together so long before that. Perhaps they thought given his age and health, they were on borrowed time and if they were ever going to become parents they needed to do it. I wish he could’ve had a few more years with his son.

  17. goofpuff says:

    This is sad. Condolences for Tom and his son. Thirty five years is such a long time to be with someone, I can’t just imagine how lost they must feel.