Famend vogue editor and journalist Richard Buckley handed away Sunday from pure causes after a protracted sickness. Buckley was surrounded by his long-time associate and husband, Tom Ford, and their son, Alexander John “Jack” Buckley Ford, on the time of his passing at their Los Angeles residence. Buckley was 71.
“It’s with nice unhappiness that Tom Ford broadcasts the loss of life of his beloved husband of 35 years, Richard Buckley,” Ford’s firm stated in a launch issued to the media. “Richard handed away peacefully at their residence in Los Angeles final night time with Tom and their son Jack by his facet. He died of pure causes after a chronic sickness.”
Buckley was born in Binghampton, New York, the kid of a army household, and grew up within the U.S., France, and Germany. He started his profession as a vogue journalist at New York Journal in 1979 and later labored at Girls’s Put on Day by day, Self-importance Truthful, Mirabella, and Vogue Hommes Worldwide the place he was named editor in chief in 1999.
Buckley was partnered with clothier, screenwriter, and movie director Ford for over three many years. They welcomed their son, Jack, by way of surrogacy in 2012. Jack will have a good time his ninth birthday on Thursday. Buckley and Ford married in 2014 in a small, personal ceremony within the U.S. Each males described their first assembly as love at first sight. That they had met briefly at a 1986 vogue present, but it surely was an elevator experience a number of days later that left each males realizing they’d met the particular person with whom they wished to spend the remainder of their lives.
Buckley & Ford cowl Out‘s February 2011 subject.
“He was cute, and he was an entire idiot,” Ford recalled of that fateful elevator experience in a 2011 interview with Out. “He was type of dancing round, flashing his eyes at me, and attempting so laborious to be charming. I made a decision in that elevator experience that I used to be going to marry him. I am very pragmatic, and I used to be, like, OK, there’s some type of connection right here. He ticked each field, and — growth — by the point we obtained to the ground, I used to be like, OK, offered.”
“The entire time down within the elevator I used to be babbling on like a schoolgirl,” Buckley recalled of that experience to Out in the identical 2011 interview, admitting that he was “shamelessly flirting with this boy.”
The pair had their first actual date not lengthy after at “this actually sleazy cheapo restaurant on the Higher East Facet known as Albuquerque Eats,” Buckley recalled. He was enthralled listening to Ford focus on his profession goals of turning into a millionaire and displaying his personal collections on the runways of Paris. He gave Ford the important thing to his condominium not lengthy after, and the pair turned inseparable.
“You possibly can have a look at somebody and really feel such as you’ve recognized him perpetually,” Ford instructed Out. “The primary night time I ever had drinks with Richard I felt I knew all the pieces about him.”