After being married for more than thirty years, Steve Buscemi’s wife passed away in 2019 from ovarian cancer. The famous actor was devastated to lose his best friend and lover. True to his personal brand, Buscemi remained relatively silent about his wife’s death until he gave an interview to GQ magazine. In the article, he detailed how her passing affected him both mentally and emotionally.

Since his wife passed away, Buscemi wants to make sure that his son, Lucian, won’t have to go through too much “junk” when he passes away. Buscemi, who refers to himself as a “hoarder,” has been forced to confront his material possessions in the aftermath of his wife’s death. He is currently in the process of sorting through his belongings and getting rid of anything that doesn’t hold sentimental value or serve a purpose.

He said to GQ, “He’d be the only one when I’m gone. It’s him that’s going to have to go through everything.”

Buscemi is Trying to get rid of old belongings that no longer bring him joy, but he finds it difficult because they hold so many memories. Some are connected to his late wife Jo Andres, while others are associated with key moments in his career.

“I’m kind of a hoarder,” he said. “It’s just a slow process because I always get caught up in reading stuff.”

The GQ wrote, “Some actors make a show of their supposed humility. For Buscemi, that quality seems to suffuse his entire being. Despite his involvement in several cultural touchstones of our time—from Coen brothers classics to Adam Sandler blockbusters, from 30 Rock to The Sopranos—he cannot turn off the modesty.”

After his wife Andres was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015, Buscemi’s world spiraled. Thankfully, she responded well to treatment and seemed to be beating the disease – that is until it returned aggressively in 2017.

“The pain was the hardest thing,” he stated. “People who are going through that, it’s painful. It’s painful to die from cancer. There’s just no way around it.”

Buscemi and his wife always had a lot going on during their marriage. He added, “Between both of our worlds, there was always somebody doing a show or a place to go to hang out.”

His wife, being more experienced in performance art at the time they met, helped him understand what types of things would be possible for a career in the arts.

“Jo really trusted her intuition and would just kind of put images out there and didn’t feel the need to have to explain it or have to make sense,” he stated. “She just had to feel a certain way, like she was trying to evoke a feeling, or a mood.”