Get the tissues out. As the one-year anniversary of Tony Award-nominated Broadway star Nick Cordero’s death draws near, Amanda Kloots is speaking candidly about their marriage struggles.
While promoting her memoir Live Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero, the 39-year-old told The New York Times in a new interview that she believes "I was not a good wife" during their three-year marriage.
The Talk cohost explained to the outlet that the couple — who met while working together on Bullets Over Broadway in 2014 — hit a rough patch in 2019. After wrapping up A Bronx Tale on Broadway in New York City, the Canadian actor decided he wanted pursue songwriting.
"I was not understanding any of it," Kloots revealed. "I was like, 'This is a waste of time, and we have no money.' He did not feel supported by me. I wasn't supportive."
The pair — who shared 2-year-old son Elvis — hit another rough patch when Cordero suggested they relocate to Los Angeles for his career. Kloots balked at the idea of moving away from the Big Apple, where her career as a fitness instructor was beginning to pick up.
“We fought about it for a year,” she said, “I finally came to a place of, ‘This is marriage, you have to compromise.’”
The couple eventually relocated to the West Coast, and stayed in Zach Braff's guesthouse until their new home was done being renovated. But in March 2020, Cordero was admitted to the hospital, where he spent more than three months battling COVID-19. During the ordeal, Cordero's lungs suffered severe damage, and his leg had to be amputated due to blood clots.
Sadly, Kloots announced her husband had passed away at the age of 41 due to complications from the virus on July 5. “I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him. Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone’s friend, loved to listen, help and especially talk,” she wrote on Instagram. “He was an incredible actor and musician. He loved his family and loved being a father and husband."
Nowadays, Kloots is focused on raising their son — and honoring her late husband’s legacy. Admitting that she "learned to appreciate his music too late," she’s now “determined to keep his voice alive."