David Spade is getting real about grieving.
The “Saturday Night Live” alum, 55, opened up about the passing of his sister-in-law Kate Spade last year and moving forward following co-star Chris Farley’s death in 1997 with The New York Times.
“Katy was so funny,” he said. “I don’t know if agoraphobic is a word, but she didn’t like to mingle a lot; she’d have people at her house and she was always so funny.”
Kate, the beloved fashion designer, was found unconscious and unresponsive in her New York apartment last June.
Of Kate’s sudden death, David said: “I feel like Katy wouldn’t have done it, five minutes later… but these things happen and there’s no going back.”
But when it comes to Farley’s death, David still lives with a burden as he still receives hateful comments from fans that read, “I wish you died instead of Chris Farley.”
“The first couple times it was rough,” he told the outlet. “But now it’s the standard burn. I wish I didn’t get that three times a week.”
And moving on was hard, “But do you just stop doing what you’re doing because of a tragedy? You have to go, ‘Well, I still like doing this.’ Some people won’t be interested. But I did three sitcoms after that. It wasn’t totally horrible.”
Adding, “I don’t want to say I’m immune to it. But there’s a way you just have to learn to shut off the tear valve. It’s just too brutal.”
Read more from David here.