Kathie Lee Gifford moved to Nashville as she dealt with loneliness

Kathie Lee Gifford says she moved from Connecticut to Nashville because she was ‘dying of loneliness’… more than four years after death of beloved husband Frank Gifford

  • Kathie Lee left the Today show this past April after 11 years 
  • She previously spent 15 years on Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee 
  • Her husband Frank Gifford died at 84 in August of 2015 
  • Her mother Joan Cuttell died at 87 in September of 2017 
  • Star praises Nashville for its ‘culture of kindness’ 
  • Her adult kids Cassidy, 26, and Cody, 29, moved out of her former Connecticut mansion 
  • She said ‘that huge beautiful memory-filled home was like a morgue to me’  
  • Star said that she channels her energy into her projects, which include writing spiritual songs 

Kathie Lee Gifford says she ‘was dying of loneliness’ before moving to Franklin, Tennessee, a community near Nashville, earlier this year, about four years after the death of her husband Frank Gifford and two years after the death of her mother Joan Cuttell.

‘I moved here because I was dying of loneliness,’ the TV personality, 66, told the Nashville Tennessean Friday.

She said that ‘it’s a culture of kindness in Nashville,’ as locals are ‘authentically kind’ and ‘joyful.’

The latest: Kathie Lee Gifford, 66, said she ‘was dying of loneliness’ before moving to Nashville earlier this year, about four years after the death of husband Frank Gifford and two years after the death of mother Joan Cuttell. She was snapped in NYC last week

Kathie Lee, who appeared on Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee and the Today show, said she felt it was time to move of out the family’s Connecticut mansion in the wake of Frank’s death at 84 in August of 2015; and her adult kids Cassidy, 26, and Cody, 29, moving out.

‘That huge beautiful memory-filled home was like a morgue to me,’ she told the newspaper.

The mother-of-two said that she channels her energy into her projects, which include four spiritual songs she’s written about Frank, a pair of Hallmark Channel movies, a kids’ book titled The Gift I Can Give and Love Me to Death, a romantic comedy she wrote and produced.

‘Here’s the bad news – I’m a widow, an orphan, and an empty-nester. The good news is, I have the freedom of a widow, an orphan and an empty-nester,’ she said. ‘I’ve got all the time to spend my days writing. I’m having the life I could’ve only ever dreamed of.’

Gone but not forgotten: Frank died at 84 in August of 2015; the pair were pictured in NYC in 2010 

Love: Kathie Lee has four spiritual songs she’s written about Frank

Stalwart: Kathie Lee appeared on Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee and the Today show

The Paris-born Gifford said she was not going to sing, as a 2004 case of double pneumonia impacted her breathing ability.

‘I’ve done that for 40 years,’ she said. ‘No more concerts. I don’t have the breath control. I’ve really moved on.’

Kathie Lee, who left the Today show this past April, opened up to the program about how she’s enjoyed her time in Music City.

‘There’s a different culture down there,’ she said. ‘It’s a culture of kindness in Nashville. They are authentically kind. They are joyful, they have so much fun. I wake up and there are church bells ringing all around me. It’s just a different attitude.’ 

A toast: Kathie Lee, who left the Today show this past April, was pictured with her longtime co-host in Hoda Kotb in 2017 in Nashville, about two years before her move there 

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