Cruise singer Jane McDonald, 58, has spoken out in an interview for the first time since she announced that her partner Eddie Rothe, who was a drummer in The Searchers, had died of cancer in March in a moving post, which she shared on Twitter last month. The star and her late fiancé first met as teenagers and dated before they went on to part ways.
The couple then got back together, after spending almost 30 years apart, following a surprise reunion behind-the-scenes of This Morning.
The childhood sweethearts confirmed they were engaged in 2008.
Jane has broken her silence after suffering the heartbreaking loss while discussing the final series of her BAFTA-winning Cruising show.
The show will follow Jane on both a Caribbean cruise and on a trip along the Thames with friends.
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Jane McDonald and her late fiancé first met as teenagers
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Jane explained she is planning to enjoy life after the devastating events of the past year taught her that “life is for living”.
She revealed while reflecting on the journey across the Thames she filmed with pals: “Yes [it meant a lot], because usually I’m doing it with people I’ve met on board. To be able to take my closest friends on such an amazing trip was very emotional.
“If we know anything about what has happened in this past year, it’s that life is too short.
“We all think, ‘I’d better not spend that,’ but I tell you something, I’m going to spend a lot and I’m going to have the best time because you just don’t know when you’re going to be able to do it again.
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“This has taught me that life is for living and I will live it even more when we are allowed out again.”
She added to the Mirror: “I hope that people see what we were doing on that cruise and think, ‘I want to do that with my family or my closest friends,’ because it is an extremely special thing to do, to spend quality time with people that you love.”
Recalling her experience on her Channel 5 show ahead of its final series, Jane branded it “a blast”.
She said: “What a blast, just what a blast. We have travelled all over the world, we have eaten amazing food, I’ve experienced things… I mean, how many people jump off the Sky Tower in New Zealand? Not many!
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“I’ve tasted fine wines, but it’s the people that I remember more than anything. I think that’s what it is.
“You’re experiencing amazing things but with people that you have just met who are like-minded. That is a really special thing to be able to do.”
It comes after Jane’s Twitter page informed her fans that she had mourned Eddie at his funeral.
The statement read: “It is with immense sadness that we share the news that Jane’s beloved life partner, Ed, passed away on Friday 26th March.
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“He had been battling lung cancer for the last few months.
“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.
“The funeral took place earlier today and we would please ask for your kindness in observing Jane’s privacy for her and Ed’s family at this sad time.”
A Just Giving page, entitled In memory of Ed Rothe, has since been shared on Jane’s Twitter.
The fundraising page encouraged people to help Jane support Wakefield Hospice, which was credited for looking after the couple in the last few months of the musician’s life during his lung cancer battle.
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