After Donald Trump said we shouldn’t ‘be afraid of COVID,’ Amanda Kloots – who lost her husband, Nick Cordero, to the disease – called the president ‘disgraceful.’
“I cried next to my husband for 95 days watching what COVID did to the person I love,” wrote Amanda Kloots on Oct. 6, a day after President Donald Trump tweeted that people shouldn’t “be afraid of COVID” and how they shouldn’t “let it dominate your life.” Three months after Amanda, 38, watched Nick Codero – her husband and father of their one-year-old son Elvis – die from extreme complications due to coronavirus, she couldn’t hold back her rage. “It IS something to be afraid of. After you see the person you love the most die from this disease, you would never say what this tweet says.”
“There is no empathy [for] all the lives lost. He is bragging instead. It is sad. It is hurtful. It is disgraceful,” she wrote. At the time of Amanda’s reply, over 208,000 Americans had died due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The disease is also seemingly running rampant through Donald Trump’s White House. Everyone from First Lady Melania Trump to White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany to Kellyanne Conway has tested positive for COVID.
As Amanda noted, this disease is not one to be taken lightly. Her husband checked into the hospital on March 30, and the next day, he was on a ventilator and put in a medically induced coma. Several complications – “mini-strokes, infections, blood clots – resulted in Nick having a leg amputated before he ultimately lost his life.
“Nick passed away three months ago,” Amanda wrote in an Oct. 5 Instagram, “but COVID took my husband April 1, which is [six] months ago. I realized that the other day, Elvis and I lost him [six] months ago. Once he went on the ventilator, he never came back. It’s weird to think we’ve been on our own for that long already. Please wear a mask. Please continue to take this seriously.” As Amanda continues to mourn and heal, here’s what you need to know:
1. Amanda and Nick share a son, Elvis. The couple welcomed their first child in the summer of 2019, and he turned 1 on June 10, 2020. In an Instagram post celebrating Elvis being 10-months-old, Amanda revealed that “he was conceived in New Orleans, born in NYC and raised in Laurel Canyon.” She added that their son has “music in his bones.”
2. Amanda and Nick tied the knot in Times Square. They said “I do” in a small ceremony in New York City on September 3, 2017. Their wedding photos were published in Brides magazine.
3. She is a celebrity fitness trainer, specializing in jump rope and dance. “Amanda’s classes are a mix of dance and cross-training with special attention on form and details to create a unique, fun workout that will have you drenched in sweat in minutes!” her official website explains about her fitness method, which is centered around positivity. Amanda also has a business where she sells workout mats and jump ropes and partners with various lifestyle and fitness brands.
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4. Amanda is a former Radio City Rockette and Broadway dancer. The Ohio native began her career as a professional dancer. She danced for 16 years before she transitioned into fitness. Amanda has danced on Broadway’s Good Vibrations and toured with Monty Python’s Spamalot and many more.
5. She’s had to overcome a lot in her life. “ I was 31 when I was cast in Bullets Over Broadway, a show that received a lot of promotion,” she wrote in Time in 2018. “This was my fourth Broadway musical, so getting a closing notice was nothing new to me. But to hear, “the show is closing,” after only three months, stung. At the same time, I found my marriage unexpectedly and abruptly ending after seven years. Just six months before it seemed like everything was about to fall into place, now everything was falling apart.” In this moment, Amanda reinvented herself as a fitness instructor and found a new calling.
“Life can definitely throw you some ups and downs,” she wrote in 2018, “but one thing I’ve learned is how strong you become from the lowest times in your life. I found love again, have my own business, and have turned into a woman I wouldn’t have recognized five years ago. Through it all, I’ve learned to believe in yourself when things seem unbelievable — that’s when you grow the most.”