‘Losing my best friend, the father of my babies, the man I used to laugh with about something ridiculous on a daily basis, has completely broken my heart. At the same time it has fuelled me to get on with my life, to stop waiting until tomorrow when I feel stronger, happier, clearer or braver and to finally back myself in the way that Andy always backed me.’ Vashti Whitfield
In 2011, Andy Whitfield, star of the hit TV series Spartacus, died at just 39 years of age from non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Leaving behind his wife, Vashti Whitfield, and their two young children, Andy also left a legacy of deep love, hope and strength.
Spartacus and Me is Vashti’s story of their life together – how they met, their romance, the births of their children, their move to Australia, Andy’s Hollywood break, and the heartbreaking diagnosis. With love, grace and clear-eyed honesty, Vashti describes Andy’s last days and the sadness of saying goodbye to her soulmate as he farewelled their children and died in her arms.
Touching on the nature of fame and relationships, to staring trauma and mortality down to the very end, and how to go on in the most dire of circumstances, Vashti’s honest, searing story will touch anyone who has ever been in love.