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‘Never cried as much’: Paulina Porizkova is moving out of the home she shared with late ex-husband Ricu00a0Ocasek

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Paulina Porizkova is almost moved out of the house she shared with ex-husband Ric Ocasek, the frontman and lead singer for new-wave icons The Cars who died last year.

The model, who has been sharing details about moving out on Instagram since she started the process, posted an image of herself Friday sitting with packing materials in the house.

The couple was married for nearly 30 years before they announced their split in 2018. In October 2019, a month after he died, she shared on Instagram that while they had been separated, they were still living together. She has spent a good bit of time cleaning out the brownstone in New York that they shared, according to Yahoo! Entertainment.

“Last two days in my house. It’s empty, cold and dirty. I’ve never cried as much as I have in the last year. I was never a crier. In fact, the opposite. I took a lot of care NEVER to be seen crying,” she wrote on Instagram.

This year, she wrote, has shown her that she has “tears to spare.” She thanked her friends for support and love and added that she was planning to take some time away from social media.

“At the moment, I’m having a bit of a crash,” she wrote. “I’ll take a little time off from gramming – a week? – because I’m at the moment a permanent little gray cloud, and if I’m sick of hearing myself whine, I bet you are too. So many people out there with problems larger than mine. But it doesn’t make mine hurt less, you know? So, I’ll take a moment of not posting now so I can share a little positivity with you all later.” 

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Last two days in my house. It’s empty, cold and dirty. I’ve never cried as much as I have in the last year. I was never a crier. In fact, the opposite. I took a lot of care NEVER to be seen crying. This year has shown me I had tears to spare. Thank you , all of you, my new insta friends out there in the Instagram ether for your continuous support and love. At the moment, I’m having a bit of a crash. I’ll take a little time off from gramming – a week? – because I’m at the moment a permanent little gray cloud, and if I’m sick of hearing myself whine, I bet you are too. So many people out there with problems larger than mine. But it doesn’t make mine hurt less, you know? So, I’ll take a moment of not posting now so I can share a little positivity with you all later, and in the meantime, please stay well, wear a mask to protect one another, love you all. ️

A post shared by Paulina Porizkova (@paulinaporizkov) on Oct 16, 2020 at 5:57am PDT

Earlier in the week, she shared a selfie on Instagram with a moving van, detailing that she had filled 219 boxes.She also posted an emotional image in September where she is clutching what appears to be a blanket.

“Beginning the process of letting go of things- letting go of thirty years – letting go of everything I’ve known- everything that made me feel safe,” she wrote. “Today is not good day. But I know I have to keep moving. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Last year, shortly after Ocasek’s passing, Porizkova opened up about the loss of her former spouse.

The model recalled stopping by his home the night before he died to deliver cookies to him after he had undergone surgery that she said was not related to his death. She told Rolling Stone he decided to go to sleep early “since I’m feeling a little sore.” 

“And that was the last time I saw him alive,” she said. 

Porizkova said she returned the following morning and figured Ocasek was still sleeping, but she checked back in on him a while later and realized that wasn’t the case. 

“I poured the coffee and came upstairs to give it to him and he was in the exact same position; he hadn’t even moved a little bit,” Porizkova said. “And at that point, I knew, but I couldn’t believe it.”

She said she waited to call 911 until her and Ocasek’s sons, Jonathan and Oliver, were able to say goodbye. 

New York Police Det. Martin Brown previously confirmed to USA TODAY that police were called to Ocasek’s residence on Sept. 15, 2019, and pronounced him dead at the scene.

The Office of Chief Medical Examiner in New York concluded the next day that Ocasek died of natural causes, determining that hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease was the cause of death and that pulmonary emphysema was a contributing condition, meaning that he suffered from high blood pressure, a chronic lung condition and a buildup of fats, cholesterol and other substances his arteries. 

Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff, Kim Willis, Susan Haas

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