Kathie Lee Gifford, of Regis and Kathie Lee fame, said in an interview this week that after her husband passed away in 2015 she just about died of loneliness.
The couple had been together since 1986. 29 years is a long time to spend with a person, so it’s no wonder she struggled with the adjustment.
In an interview this week, Kathie Lee went into the details that prompted her to pack up her life and family home and move to Franklin, Tennessee, just south of the country music hub Nashville while speaking with a local media outlet.
Gifford lived in Greenwich, Connecticut, for more than 10 years before her big shakeup. She raised her two children, Cody and Cassidy, there. She said that their house was her true home, and it was like a safe haven for her.
Until her husband, NFL legend Frank Gifford, died in August of 2015 at the age of 84. Then, her home took on a very different feel.
“That huge, beautiful memory-filled home was like a morgue to me. Here’s the bad news – I’m a widow, an orphan, and an empty nester. The good news is, I have the freedom of a widow, an orphan, and an empty nester.”
Gifford’s two children are 29 and 26, so they’ve been living their life outside her home for quite some time. Within a short period of time, Gifford went from a full-time mom of two and a loving wife to completely alone, and the change shocked her to her core.
“I moved here because I was dying of loneliness,” Gifford emotionally shared. Instead of puttering around in her large house and letting herself wilt, however, Gifford took charge of her life and moved to Franklin. It’s a big change for her, but we all think it’s better than spending her days on cruises for seniors and being sad.
“I’m having the life I could’ve only ever dreamed of,” She seemed excited to talk about her future projects. She says she has “got all the time to spend” writing.
Kathie Lee packed up and moved earlier this year, and says that the change and shift in culture has been great for her.
“There’s a different culture down there. It’s a culture of kindness in Nashville. They are authentically kind. They are joyful, they have so much fun … it’s just a different attitude.”
Kathie Lee’s final appearance as a cohost of Today, a morning show that airs on NBC, was at the beginning of April this year. This was Kathie’s first, and biggest, step towards making the changes in her life she wanted.
“The work that I want to do isn’t in [New York City] anymore. I’m an artist, I’m an actress, I’m a writer, I’m a songwriter, a director now. That’s the stuff that feeds my soul and I know that I’m running out of time to do those things.”
So far, Kathie Lee has been hard at work on her faith-based movies for the Hallmark channel. A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love can be seen on the channel now.