Amanda Kloots regrets not being more ‘understanding’ towards husband Nick Cordero before his untimely death from COVID-19 complications last year.
The Talk panelist, 39, reflected on their three-year marriage in a revealing new profile for the New York Times, telling the paper of record how she wishes she could have been more ‘supportive’ of Cordero’s creative goals.
‘I was not a good wife,’ Kloots said, clearly still reckoning with the grief of losing her soulmate when he was just 41-years-old.
Remorse: Amanda Kloots regrets not being more ‘understanding’ and ‘supportive’ of late husband Nick Cordero’s creative aspirations while he was alive. They’re seen in 2016 above
After finishing his role on A Bronx Tale on Broadway in 2019, Nick considered changing directions and focusing on his songwriting instead of theater.
But Amanda, who has two-year-old son Elvis with the later actor, says she had trouble getting on board.
‘I was not understanding any of it,’ the fitness instructor said.
‘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.’
Amanda also recalled how they argued over making a move to California, where Nick wanted to relocate in hope of landing more acting and songwriting gigs.
Kloots, on the other hand, had roots in New York, which was closer to her family and where she was thriving with her career as a fitness instructor.
Missed: Cordero passed away in 2020 after suffering severe and prolonged complications for coronavirus
At odds: The picture perfect couple, who shared son Elvis, argued about Nick’s career when he thought about transitioning from stage acting to songwriting. The family is seen in 2019 above
‘We fought about it for a year,’ she said, ‘I finally came to a place of, “This is marriage, you have to compromise.”‘
Now that he’s gone, Amanda admits she ‘learned to appreciate his music too late,’ adding that she’s now ‘determined to keep his voice alive.’
Kloots tied the knot with Cordero back in 2017, after first meeting on the set of the musical Bullets Over Broadway in 2014.
The Tony-nominated actor passed away last July after spending three months in a hospital, where he battled the effects of COVID-19.
Nick was unconscious when he was first hospitalized, and he was initially mis-diagnosed with pneumonia.
Coastal conflict: The duo also debated about moving to LA or not, something the The Talk panelist was against
The Waitress star later tested positive for the novel coronavirus, on April 1st.
From there Nick’s battle went from one complication to the next, as he was placed on a ventilator and experienced blood clot issues, which eventually led to the amputation of his right leg.
He also received a temporary pacemaker and entered a medically-induced coma.
Over his hard-fought battle, Nick was able to come off the ventilator and wake up from his coma, but the infection left his body and lungs so weak that he was never fully able to bounce back.
Cordero’s death was announced by his wife in a heartbreaking post on Instagram.
Battle: Nick was unconscious when he was first hospitalized, and he was initially mis-diagnosed with pneumonia. The Waitress star later tested positive for the novel coronavirus, on April 1st