Amanda Kloots Shares New Photo of Son Elvis — Does He Look like Nick Cordero?
Amanda Kloots continues to share adorable photos of her young son as she mourns the death of her husband, Nick Cordero. Her latest post was a side-by-side photo of her son, Elvis, and Nick.
In her caption of the August 3 post, Amanda pointed out similarities between the father-and-son. She wrote:
"I feel so lucky to have Elvis in my life. A piece of Nick that is still alive."
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#ak10daysofhappy While in Ohio I thought I could do something for myself each day that would bring me joy and make me happy! Today I went swimming in a kiddie pool with my niece and Elvis! Seeing these two play each day has been so fun especially because Elvis has been around adults for the last three months! Splashing around with them definitely made me happy. Thank you to everyone joining me on this challenge! I love seeing all the stories that you are sharing! Seeing what makes everyone happy, the simple joys in life that we can all celebrate even in times of sadness and hardship. Find those silver linings ❤️
A number of fans also took notice of the similarities, writing that 13-month-old Elvis is the Broadway star’s “mini-me.” Some left words of encouragement for the grieving wife.
Nick, 41 passed away on July 5, after a three-month battle with complications caused by the coronavirus. While in hospital, the Tony-nominated actor battled a lung infection, went into coma and had one leg amputated
Nick is best remembered for his role as Cheech in the 2014 Broadway musical, “Bullets Over Broadway.”
While Nick was fighting for his life, Amanda said the experience has been a “rollercoaster” in that there were days with much hope and others with very little.
The fitness instructor and a Broadway alum, has been chronicling her journey to healing on Instagram, where she has 575,000 followers. She has been sharing moments that are deeply meaningful to her.
In her latest post, she explained that the photo was sent to her by one of her followers and that it took her breath away when she saw it.
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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.”
She wrote that Elvis and Nick share the same facial expression in that particular look, adding that the “side by side sealed the deal.”
Amanda went on to say that she is grateful for having Elvis in her life, and that finding things to be grateful for is helping her get through during this difficult time.
Earlier, Amanda also shared about how her son, who was born in June 2019, would plant a kiss on her phone while it plays videos of his late father.
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One of my followers sent me this in a DM and it took my breath away. I have said from the beginning that Elvis is a mini Nick but WOW this side by side sealed the deal. I've noticed now that Elvis does this look a lot to me. When he is playing and I call his name to look at me or we are cuddling in bed and he looks up at me. It makes my heart melt. ❤️ I feel so lucky to have Elvis in my life. A piece of Nick that is still alive. I am so grateful for that. I am trying to find the things in my life that I am grateful for through this difficult time when nothing seems right. I always start my day with a positive quote but I am going to start adding in what I am grateful for to remind me that there are always blessings even in the most difficult of times.
She said the scene melted her heart, and that she was grateful Elvis still recognized his father despite not having seen him for three months.
In one of the videos she showed to Elvis, Nick is seen thanking fans for buying his single, “Live Your Life.” While he was in the hospital, Amanda performed the song in his honor.
Nick is best remembered for his role as Cheech in the 2014 Broadway musical, "Bullets Over Broadway." Her performance in the show earned him a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.
Another heart-melting post that Amanda shared following her husband’s passing was a video she took of their son saying his first words.
The July 27 post shows Elvis giggling as he looks with excitement at his father’s photo and then uttering his first words, "Right there." The clip has amassed more than 600,000 views.