Heartbroken Jane McDonald can no longer sing fiancé Ed songs following death
Jane McDonald says she's not ready to sing late fiancés songs
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Singer Jane MacDonald spoke candidly on Loose Women as she opened up for the first time about the death of her musician fiance Eddie Rothe, following his battle with lung cancer. On the ITV chatshow, Jane also emotionally revealed she can no longer sing any of his songs
Speaking on Eddie’s career, Jane said: “In 27 years apart I only went out for a loaf of milk.”
The women laughed as the singer corrected herself: “Loaf of bread, I knew that he had to go off and do his Rock and Roll, he was with liquid gold then and he was great.”
“Beautiful man and a part of me thought ‘I’m never going to keep him,’ I was a barmaid and he was this big star,” she continued.
Carol McGriffin then asked Jane: “Are you still singing some of his songs at your shows?”
To which the 58-year-old emotionally responded: “No I can’t, not yet.”
Eddie, who was a drummer in the sixties band the Searchers, passed away in March.
Jane and Eddie first got together and dated for a few months when she was 17.
They were then subsequently reunited in 2008.
After agreeing to let him become a musical success and spend 27 years apart, the couple were engaged by Christmas Eve that year.
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Throughout her appearance on Loose Women, Jane was visibly emotional as she answered questions with tissue gripped firmly in her hand.
The singer had returned after two years and at the beginning when she was being introduced Jane was overcome with tears before she could even speak.
When she was able to gather herself, she said:” It’s my first interview since he passed away, and I’m so glad and so grateful that it’s with you ladies.”
She went on to describe her partner: “Ed was golden, he was so smiley and so beautiful. It’s been so hard. It has been such a tough 18 months for all of us.”
The singer described her time with him as “13 years of absolute bliss”, and that she was “grateful” for the time she had with him.
Jane also opened up about how the pandemic affected him and his medical needs: “Because it was in lockdown, no one was able to take care of him, I had to have a crash course.”
She added: “Because it was lung cancer they were so afraid of him getting COVID that I took over everything and that was a privilege.”
While she admitted to being “worried” about being his primary carer, Jane stated she was glad to have cared for him.
The singer confirmed Eddie’s passing on Instagram earlier this year and informed fans: “He had been battling lung cancer for the last few months.”
In the caption, she also took the time to thank medical healthcare professionals: “We would like to thank everyone for all their help and support during this very difficult time, especially the NHS staff and the wonderful team at The Wakefield Hospice.”
Jane’s return to Loose Women was announced last week, as viewers were informed she would open up about the heartache of losing her partner.
Ahead of the interview, she thanked those who showed love and support in a statement, which read: “I want to thank everyone most sincerely for the wonderful cards and messages of support that I have received since the awful news was announced that I had lost my beloved Ed.”
Loose Women airs on weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.
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