Stanley Tucci has been very open on how the death of his first wife, Kate, has affected him, as well as how he’s felt moving forward in life by remarrying and welcoming more kids.
In 2009, Tucci’s wife passed away from breast cancer after the two were married for 14 years. In their marriage, they welcomed three children, twins Nicolo and Isabel, and daughter Camilla.
He told NPR in 2010, “There’s all the blaming of yourself, which you can’t do, but you kind of do and I’m just — I’m mostly sad.”
“I’m sad for Kate that she can’t be here,” he added, “and I’m sad for my children that they didn’t have the opportunity to spend more time with her because she was an extraordinary person.”
Two years after her death, he proposed to his now wife, Felicity Blunt, which many criticized him for moving on too fast, but that’s not for anyone but himself to decide what he does with his life after losing his wife.
Still, he admits he “felt guilty” for being involved with someone after Kate’s death.
“I panicked instantly afterwards,” Stanley told The Times in 2011 regarding his proposal to Blunt.
“It was very hard to go on vacations at first,” he admitted, “really hard to go with Felicity someplace. I felt guilty. It’s horrible. You always feel guilty.”
Not only was it difficult for him, but for Blunt as well. It was entirely understandable that Tucci took some time to move on, but he acknowledges that Felicity felt that grief through him, too.
“There are photographs around at home,” he explained. “Not that many, but I would have difficulty. And especially when we first met, it was only two years after Kate died.”
Although Tucci and Blunt eventually married in 2012 and welcomed two children of their own, Matteo and Emilia, Stanley still struggles to move on from Kate’s death, telling CBS Sunday Morning in 2021, “You never stop grieving.”
“It’s still hard after 11 years,” he continued. “It’s still hard. And it will always be hard. But you can’t let it… and she would never want any of us to ever wallow in that grief and let it take over our lives. She would never want that. She wasn’t like that.”
Despite his grief, he seems to be extremely happy in his marriage to Felicity and their blended family together. They celebrated 10 years as husband and wife last year and continue to raise their children as a couple.