Jean Smart opens up about being “very lonely” after the unexpected death of her husband

Jean Smart has spoken out about grief a year and a half after her husband’s death.

That Chop Star was in the midst of filming the debut season of the Emmy-nominated comedy in March 2021 when her husband Richard Gilliland died unexpectedly of a heart condition at the age of 71.

“He made me laugh the whole time. It’s going to be hard to live without,” she said at the time, adding that she never “dreamed” that it would happen “so soon.”

Now, more than a year after his death, Smart, 71, spoke to him Rolling Stone about the loneliness of her “new life”.

“I find it almost more difficult now, a year and a half later, because for a while you’re into adrenaline and grief, making sure your kids are okay, just getting things done,” he said Mare by Easttown actor explained.

“Now the reality of my new life is slowly setting in and I find that very, very, very, very sad, very lonely.”

“It’s shocking,” Smart said of his sudden death. “You hear about it happening to other people all the time, but when it happens to you, it absolutely upsets you.”

Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder in “Hacks”

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Gilliland was also an actor, best known for his recurring role on the 1986 sitcom shape womenwhere he met Smart, who directed the series alongside Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts and Meshach Taylor.

“I met him when he was kissing someone else,” Smart quipped in a 2017 interview.

Smart gave birth to their oldest son, Connor, in 1989 and they later adopted their second, Forrest, in 2009.

In a recent interview with The Independentsmarts Chop Co-star Hannah Einbinder described her as a “wild bear mom”.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/jean-smart-husband-death-b2249363.html Jean Smart opens up about being “very lonely” after the unexpected death of her husband

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