During his appearance on Andy Cohen‘s SiriusXM Radio Andy show on Wednesday, the actor revealed he’s been “checking in” on the Melrose Place alum as she continues to battle legal and mental health issues.
Recalling the time they briefly dated in 2006, the comedian said:
“I mean, I love her. She was nice to go out with me, and I will always be indebted to her because she was so nice, so fun. And no apologies. Went out with me, didn’t care, even though I’m sure she took some grief.”
Long before their fling, the two met on the set of Saturday Night Live, where Spade said he was a “goofy writer” walking around mesmerized by the blonde beauty:
“She was on SNL once, hosting, when I was a writer. She goes, ‘I remember you.’ I go, ‘There’s not a chance.’ She remembered me, and I was some goofy writer, walking around — not getting any sketches on, of course. Just like, mesmerized by her, growing up on her, loving her. Ran into her later and we were friendly, and then we started hanging out. But she’s always so chirpy and fun and hilarious. So I would just keep checking in on her now and then.”
And they still keep in touch years later:
“I still do. Because, you know, if people are going through a hard time…”
Spade would know. He went on to say that the 56-year-old also reached out to him after his sister-in-law Kate Spade was found dead by suicide last month.
“She checked in on me with Katie, and all that stuff. A lot of people did. And it was really nice. Katie was a sweetheart, too, so Heather I think might have met her in the old days. … I mean, what can you do other than just say hello and check in and say, ‘If you ever want to say hi, or talk, or anything.’ That’s what people did to me with Katie, and there’s something nice about [knowing] people are just out there. It’s just sort of a friendly gesture … no one can do anything [with] what happened with Kate, but at least … you just feel like it’s some niceness coming in, good vibes, instead of what’s going, which is obviously very tough.”
In return, Spade continues to send good vibes to Locklear as she plans to seek long-term treatment for substance abuse and her mental health.
“[Locklear] is having a tough situation — whatever, we all do. I mean, I have my down moments like everybody. … Everyone’s literally one inch away from having some trouble, sometimes.”
Sure puts things in perspective.
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