‘It was horrendous’ Jane McDonald admits shes been on dark path since fiance Eds death

Loose Women: Jane McDonald opens up about coping with grief

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Presenter and cruise singer Jane McDonald, 58, admitted on Loose Women today that she has been on a “dark path” following the tragic death of her fiance Eddie Rothe. Jane’s late partner died of lung cancer earlier this year on March 26 2021.

Speaking on Loose Women this afternoon, Jane opened up about her 13-year relationship.

“13 years of absolute bliss and that’s how I’m getting through it,” Jane told the Loose Women panel. 

“I’m not thinking of the last six months because it was horrendous.

“I’m thinking how grateful I’ve been for such a wonderful…” she continued, while suppressing a sob.

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“I’m not good at being sad. I’m not good at this. I’m not good at crying.

“So everyday when I wake up and I get that thud, like someone’s just hit me…

“I think, ‘Are you going to go down the dark path, where you’ve been for the last year? Or are you going to be grateful for everything you’ve got in your life and grateful for the time you had with him and remember him how I want to remember him?”

Loose Women panellist Carol McGiffin, 61, said that she thought Jane’s approach was a “great way to deal with” loss, adding that it was best “not to shy away” from happy memories. 

In 2008 Jane became reunited with Eddie, whom she affectionately called Ed, who was an old boyfriend from her teenage years and a member of the band The Searchers.

The pair became engaged on 24 December 2008 after the musician proposed.

Before that, Jane was married to her cruise ship’s plumbing engineer Henrik Brixen between 1998 and 2003. 

Following a whirlwind romance, Henrik became Jane’s manager, as her singing career took off in the same year they got married, thanks to her appearance on BBC show The Cruise.

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The pair’s relationship was well documented in a special edition of Terrill’s docusoap, called The Cruise Special: Jane Ties the Knot, which was broadcast on BBC One on 10 July 1998. 

Brixen later admitted that he did not understand the music industry and the couple would later split, largely for the sake of her career. 

In 2004 Jane became a regular presenter on Loose Women, appearing on the show three times a week. 

The star left the popular ITV panel show in the summer of 2010 in order to concentrate on her music career. 


Jane was born in Wakefield and spent most of her early career working as a singer in local pubs before she landed a job singing on cruise ships. 

When she shot to fame in 1998, the singer topped the UK Albums Chart for three weeks with her debut self-titled album, Jane McDonald. 

The star later secured the role of Grizabella in a Blackpool production of the musical Cats, featuring the famous ballad ‘Memory’, which Jane sang night after night.

In 2018 Jane won Channel 5 its first BAFTA Award for Best Feature thanks to her show Cruising with Jane McDonald.

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