Jane McDonald makes moving first TV appearance on Loose Women since the death of her fiance Eddie Rothe
Singer-songwriter Jane McDonald made her first television appearance since the death of her musician fiance Eddie Rothe in March of this year.
The cabaret queen was more than at home at the end of a Loose Women panel today, where she was a regular guest between 2004 and 2013, but the 58-year-old burst into tears immediately after being introduced by his fellow hosts.
Joining the show to reveal grief over losing the love of her life, the former cruise ship bachelor Jane explained, “I don’t want to feel sad for the rest of my life, because it wasn’t Ed. Ed was golden. He was smiling, he was handsome.
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“I have to do the first interview,” she said, biting back tears. “And I couldn’t be with better people here. It has been difficult, but so many of us have been through this, and my heart goes out to all of you because 18 months have been difficult for many of us.”
Rothe, who was best known for his drumming roles in Liquid Gold and later in The Searchers, died of lung cancer at the age of 67.
He and McDonald were childhood sweethearts. They had lived together in their late teens and early twenties, but separated amicably a few years later.
“I knew he had to go rock n roll – he was part of Liquid Gold then – and he was just awesome.
“Part of me thought, ‘I’m never gonna keep him.’ I was a bartender and he was that big star, so I just thought one day that I would go and let him be a superstar, and he l ‘did. “
Jane, who admitted during the interview that she was too upset to perform any of Ed’s songs on her own shows, shared the news of her death on Twitter in March.
She and Ed were reunited after 27 years during a chance meeting on the set of ITV’s This Morning. The two got engaged in 2008 and have lived a happy life together since.
Revealing how the lovebirds were reunited again, McDonald said, “We did a show here [Loose Women], and we were talking about famous boyfriends.
“They were like ‘Brad Pitt’ and ‘Matt Goss’ and then I said, ‘It’s okay, I was dating Wally Rothe from Liquid Gold’.
“I didn’t know he was in The Searchers at the time, and I was having dinner with Linda Bellingham in The Ivy, and Frank Allen, who was The Searchers guitarist, came over and said, ‘You were going out. with our drummer, his name is Ed ‘.
“I said, ‘Oh, he fell in love with you, I’ve never dated an Ed in my life,’ and he said, ‘No, you’ll know him as Wally Rothe!’
“In the week that followed, they [The Searchers] were in the TM [This Morning] studio. I said, ‘I can’t go up there, he probably doesn’t even remember me!’ “
McDonald was first married to a ship plumbing engineer, Henrik Brixen, who later became its manager. Brixen later admitted he couldn’t get a feel for the music industry, and the couple split in 2003 for the sake of Jane’s career.
She had no other relationship between Brixen and her engagement to Ed.
“We all loved him so much,” said Carol McGiffin, fellow panelist and true friend of McDonald’s. “She really was a Loose Woman, wasn’t she?
“He used to come to parties and send messages – I called him Mr. Ed!”
“Mr. Ed, yes! That’s where he got his nickname! Jane replied.
“It’s been 13 years of absolute happiness, and that’s how I’m doing.”
“I don’t think about the past six months because it was horrible. I think how grateful I was for such a wonderful…” she said, stopping in tears.
“I’m not good at being sad. I’m not good at crying. So every day when I wake up and I have that thud like someone just hit me, I’m like, ‘Go. “Are you taking the dark path, where did you go last year? Or are you going to be grateful for everything you have in your life?”
“This is something I’m grateful for as well, because it was locked out, no one was allowed to take care of him, so I had to take a crash course in nursing.
“Ryan, the lovely district nurse – thank you Ryan – came over and showed me how to do everything.
“Because it was lung cancer, they were so scared he would catch Covid, that I took everything back and it was a privilege.
“You get strength when you heal your loved one, and that is truly a privilege.”
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