David Spade Helped Brother Andy Spade Flee the Paparazzi Following Kate Spade's Death

David Spade Helped Brother Andy Spade Flee the Paparazzi Following Kate Spade's Death

If you didn't know, the comic was the late designer's brother-in-law.

By Marianne Garvey

The always funny David Spade is facing many questions about sister-in-law Kate Spade during his current media blitz. The designer committed suicide on June 5 at age 55.

Married to the comic’s brother Andy Spade for 24 years, David says he loved her to pieces, and told Howard Stern on his SiriusXM satellite radio show that he is still grieving but trying to “stuff the feelings down inside,” adding, “I don’t know what to say, no one knows what to say.”

Turns out, he was the one who came to the rescue for Andy, and the couple's daughter Frances, 13, who both escaped the paparazzi in New York City by quietly jetting to Los Angeles to hide at David’s house for two weeks.

“I got my brother to come out with his daughter because they were getting so much attention here [in NYC] and they stayed with me for two weeks,” David revealed. “I brought my daughter [Harper] out and those two played and we all hung out. It just got him a break.”

David is a pro at handling the media, but says his brother was not, emerging from his apartment in a bizarre mouse mask two days after the designer’s death, upset photographers were badgering him. 

“He’s not … Katie and Andy were not like the publicity-savvy Kardashians of the world today. They were old school, lived in New York, stayed cool,” David said. “Katie stayed home a lot. Andy, he was always the CEO, he ran the company, designed the ads, ran the stores. Together they were so smart in that world, they were so brilliant in that fashion world. I couldn’t believe I was related to either of them.”

He described Kate, who he called “Katie,” as “fun and light,” telling a story of how she spent one unfortunate Christmas dining with his family in a casino in Arizona. Clad a polka dot dress with a big yellow bow in her hair, she looked out of place amongst the locals. She wondered aloud why people were “smoking in the morning,” and when their waiter called her Mickey Mouse, David said she found it hysterical.

The comic has been paying her tribute while out promoting his new Netflix movie, Father of the Year, and his new audiobook, A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World.

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