Jane McDonald teared up at the start of her Loose Women segment in an emotional return to the show after the death of her fiancé Eddie Rothe from lung cancer in March.
As long-time colleague Carol McGiffin greeted her for the first time in two years, the 58-year-old was suddenly overcome, with her voice breaking as she said: ‘It’s good to see you too.’
She then reached for a tissue as she continued: ‘I’m so sorry, so sorry.’
Presenter Kaye Adams then intervened, saying: ‘Let me just blabber a bit while you’re just containing yourself.’
Jane revealed why she had returned to speak about Rothe’s death, admitting: ‘I don’t want to feel sad for the rest of my life because that wasn’t Ed. Ed was golden, he was smiley, he was beautiful.’
She added: ‘I’ve got to do the first interview and I couldn’t be with better people here.’
Panellist Nadia Sawalha also joined Jane for the interview, with former Strictly Come Dancing star Judi Love giving up her seat at the four-person desk due to strict Covid protocols, so the four women could catch-up with each other.
In an in-depth discussion of Jane and rock star Rothe’s relationship, Carol revealed that she had jokingly branded him ‘really a Loose Woman’, revealing: ‘He used to come to the parties and send messages.’
Carol met her husband Mark Cassidy at the same time as Jane and Liquid Gold and The Searchers member Rothe reconnected in 2008, with the couples also getting engaged on the same day.
Jane also spoke about the 27-year gap between her and Rothe’s initial romance as youngsters and them reconnecting in the This Morning studio, thanks to a matchmaking make-up artist who ‘literally dragged her’ up to the green room.
Of their early split, she revealed: ‘Part of me thought ‘I’m never gonna keep him’ – I was a barmaid, he was this big star and so I just thought one day, ‘I’ll go and let him be a superstar’.’
When asked if she had been able to sing any of his songs again yet, the performer’s voice cracked as she admitted: ‘I can’t, not yet.’
Describing their ’13 years of absolute bliss’ together, Jane added: ‘I’m not good at being sad, I’m not good at this and I’m not good at crying so everyday when I wake up and 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, grateful for the time you had him and remember him how I want to remember him?”
Jane also spoke about singing for the Royal Variety Performance, as well as new TV projects which include a travel show and a show in her native Yorkshire.
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.
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