The personal trainer, 38, shared via Instagram on Sunday, July 11, that she gathered with Cordero’s close friends and family over the weekend for the ceremony.
“I said, ‘Nick would have wanted this to be a celebration. Let’s try to laugh, share great stories and sing for him and to his memory,'” Kloots captioned a photo of herself holding the couple’s 13-month-old son, Elvis. “He would have loved it. It was beautiful and perfect. His spirit was definitely there.”
Kloots detailed the highlights of the service, which included the group listening to the song “I’m Here” from The Color Purple, a Broadway musical that she and Cordero bonded over. She added that the song held a new meaning for her in the wake of the Tony nominee’s death.
“Nick and I saw this show on Broadway years ago and we left the theater in tears, speechless,” the former Broadway dancer recalled. “As it was being played last night the lyrics in the second half of the song hit me hard. Truly, I am scared. Scared of my new normal, of the pain, the loss and being strong enough to get through it. But, I know Nick is up above routing for me, believing in me and hoping for me.”
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We had a small memorial yesterday with close family and friends. I said, “Nick would have wanted this to be a celebration. Let’s try to laugh, share great stories and sing for him and to his memory.” He would have loved it. It was beautiful and perfect. His spirit was definitely there. We listened to the song, I’m Here, from The Color Purple. Nick and I saw this show on Broadway years ago and we left the theater in tears, speechless. As it was being played last night the lyrics in the second half of the song hit me hard. Truly, I am scared. Scared of my new normal, of the pain, the loss and being strong enough to get through it. But, I know Nick is up above routing for me, believing in me and hoping for me. He wants me to LIVE this new life and he wants me to be the best version of myself for our son. I promised him in the hospital that I would try to do that. So, when I heard these lyrics yesterday I thought, “Ok. When I’m doubting if I can get through this, I’m playing this song. It will be my motto.” This is a long journey ahead and a down road I never thought I’d be on. No one can tell me how to do it, I have to do it. I may do things right, I may do them wrong. There isn’t a perfect way. One day, one step at a time. I have faith that God is leading the way and that Nick is our angel. In case you don’t know this song and are also in need of a motto, here are the lyrics. Do yourself a favor by listening to @cynthiaerivo sing it. “I’m gonna take a deep breath. Gonna hold my head up. Gonna put my shoulders back, And look you straight in the eye. I’m gonna flirt with somebody When they walk by. I’m gonna sing out . . . Sing out. I believe I have inside of me Everything that I need to live a bountiful life. With all the love alive in me I’ll stand as tall as the tallest tree. And i’m Thankful for everyday that i’m given, Both the easy and hard ones i’m livin’. But most of all I’m thankful for Loving who I really am. I’m beautiful. Yes, I’m beautiful, And I’m here.”
Kloots announced that Cordero — who starred in the Broadway musicals Bullets Over Broadway, Waitress and A Bronx Tale: The Musical — died on July 5 after a three-month battle with coronavirus complications. He was 41.
“I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere,” she wrote via Instagram at the time. “My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him. Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone’s friend, loved to listen, help and especially talk. He was an incredible actor and musician. He loved his family and loved being a father and husband. Elvis and I will miss him in everything we do, everyday.”
Kloots thanked Cordero’s “diamond in the rough” doctor, David Ng, and noted that the late performer “definitely put up a fight” during his hospitalization.
She added, “I will love you forever and always my sweet man.”
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