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Tom Ford Reveals More Of His 30-Year Relationship With His Husband: Says It Was Indeed 'Love At First Sight'

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November 18
6:00 AM 2016

"Our eyes locked and within a month we were living together," Tom Ford says during an appearance on The Jess Cagle Interview. "We have been together ever since. This December will be 30 years."

Sitting down with PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly editorial director Jess Cagle, the fashion designer-turned-director recalls the moment he fell for husband Richard Buckley.

Even after three decades, Ford, 55, can "vividly" remember the first time he met Buckley, who was a fashion journalist at the time. The two were riding in an elevator together - and it didn't take long for their connection to become clear. By the end of the ride, Ford says he knew he would spend the rest of his life with Buckley.

"By the time that elevator landed on the ground floor I thought, 'You're the one.' That's it. Click. Sold," he says. "It was literally love at first sight."

Ford and Buckley tied the knot in 2014, and are parents to 4-year-old son Alexander John Buckley Ford.

The director of the new thriller Nocturnal Animals, out Nov. 18, says the key to their lasting love boils down to respect.

"If the person you're with is someone you respect, who you believe has a great heart and a great soul, as good a heart and soul that you will ever find, don't ever leave them," Ford explains, "because you won't find anyone better."

Most people romanticize the idea of "love at first sight," but for Tom Ford, it actually happened. Thomas Carlyle "Tom" Ford who was on born August 27, 1961, is an American fashion designer, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He gained fame as the creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. In 2006, Ford launched his own "Tom Ford" label. Ford directed the Oscar-nominated film A Single Man (2009) and Nocturnal Animals (2016).

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