Frances Beatrix Spade is the daughter of well-known late fashion designer Katherine Noel Valentine Brosnahan who’s better known as Kate Spade and her husband Andy Spade. As mentioned Frances’ mother Kate was a renowned designer however, she was challenged mentally, and on June 5, 2018, she committed suicide.
Kate and Andy were the founders of the international brand “Kate Spade New York” Kate’s designed handbags are very popular as well as affordable. Her designs and her brand are pretty famous globally and she founded the company in January 1993.
Certainly, Frances’ mother Kate’s sudden shocked everyone, especially the fashion world. Today, years after her death people are asking about Kate’s daughter Frances and how she’s doing, where she is, and all. Let’s dig up some information about Frances Beatrix Spade.
How old is Frances Beatrix Spade today?
Frances was born on February 18, 2005, so in 2022 she turned 17 years old, she is really close to becoming an adult. She is the only child of late fashion designer Kate and her husband Andy Spade. So how is Frances doing nowadays? well, there is not much information available about her on the internet because she is really private and presumably she is not even active on social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or TikTok.
Since she is 17 years old currently, it is very likely that she is in her high school years and as per various resources, it is positive that she currently lives in California with her father Andy. By the way, she is the niece of a famous stand-up comedian and actor David Spade.
Frances has been featured in films
Clearly, Frances is not as popular as her mother or her father but she has already worked in two different films. Back in 2008, she was featured in a film that was produced by her father, “The Pleasure of Being Robbed” where she had a small role. Four years after appearing in her father’s produced film, she was again featured in a short film called “The Black Balloon” in 2012 which was also produced by her father.
Furthermore, her father Andy has worked in various films including Paperboys, Dimmer, The Pleasure of Being Robbed, Daddy Longlegs, and The Black Baloon.
Frances’ mother committed suicide
Kate was 55 years old when she hanged herself to death on June 5, 2018. On Tuesday morning Kate was found hanging at her apartment by her housekeeper. Immediately after seeing Kate hanging, the housekeeper rushed down and informed the building’s supervisor, and they rushed back to the apartment and gave Kate CPR but it did not work out.
After some time the police arrived at the scene and announced her death as suicide because Kate had left a note and the chef detective Dermot Shea said, “The contents of that note, as well as the physical state of the apartment and the comments of the witness, lend to the credibility that it is an apparent suicide.”
After her death, a documentary film “The Last Hours of… Kate Spade” was released on July 11, 2021.
Kate left a note for Frances
As mentioned Kate left a note before committing suicide but apparently her family including Frances and Andy did not get to see the note but they read about the note in media accounts. Later the police reported that the note was a message to Kate’s daughter Frances where Kate wrote, “Bea — I have always loved you. This is not your fault. This has nothing to do with you. … Don’t feel guilty. Ask Daddy!”
Frances’ parents are college sweethearts
Andy and Kate first meet at Arizona State University and both of them were raised and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. They founded the company “Kate Spade New York” in 1993 and a year after that in 1994 they got married. As per the reports, Frances’ parents separated for 10 months before her suicide.
However, even though they were separated for 10 months there was no plan for divorce. He told CNN, “For the past 10 months we had been living separately but within a few blocks of each other. We were not legally separated, and never even discussed divorce.”
Furthermore, Andy said that he had conversed with Kate before she committed suicide in her apartment.
Frances’ mother was battling demons
As mentioned above, Andy talked to Kate before she was found dead and he even said that she “sounded happy.” Apparently, Kate had been battling depression as well as anxiety for years, she was also taking help from the doctors and taking medicines for five years.
Talking with CNN, Andy said, “There was no indication and no warning that she would do this, It was a complete shock and it clearly wasn’t her. There were personal demons she was battling.” Moreover, Kate’s sister Reta Saffo also mentioned that Kate had bipolar disorder.
Frances, to inherit her mother’s assets?
While there is no information on what amount of share Frances will get, we do know that she will be getting millions once she becomes an adult. At the time of Kate’s death in 2018, her net worth was estimated to be around $150 million. So, there is no denying that she will become a multi-millionaire once she’s an adult.
Not only that but she may also receive a share of a lifestyle brand Frances Valentine which was founded by Kate along with Andy and Elyce Arons. If we think about it Frances has an entertaining life ahead of her as in a way she is already a multi-millionaire who is worth over $100 million.
Frances might get into the entertainment industry?
While it is not clear what Frances wants to do in the future but she does not have to do a single thing as the assets she’ll receive will be more than enough for her. However, if she wishes to be in the entertainment industry then it might be a bit easy for her because as mentioned she is the niece of popular American actor and stand-up comedian David Spade who’s the brother of Frances’ father Andy Spade.
She is also related to The Courier star Rachel Elizabeth Brosnahan because Rachel was Kate’s niece which makes her Frances’ cousin.