Eurovision winner Sandie Shaw, 73, forgives her fashion designer ex-husband Jeff Banks 50 years after he lost her fortune and left her in a caravan with their child
- Sandie Shaw, 73, divorced Jeff Banks in 1978 after spending money she made
- She revealed that she thought she had to ‘assist her husband’ because he lost her money
- Shaw has become “incredibly happy” and is even able to talk to Mr. Banks again
- The marriage disintegrated dramatically, and the couple did not speak for decades
Eurovision Song Contest winner Sandie Shaw has revealed she is in talks with her former husband – 50 years after he lost her fortune.
Shaw, 73, won the song contest in 1967 with Puppet on a String and made thousands with her music. She lost everything after her second marriage, in 1968, to fashion designer Jeff Banks, now 77.
He let her live in a caravan with their daughter Gracie when they divorced in 1978 after spending her money on a failed career as a designer. The times.
But since Shaw rebuilt her life, she has been “incredibly happy” and even starts talking to Mr. Banks again.
Sandie Shaw, 73, won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1967 with Puppet on a String and made thousands with her music. She lost everything after her second marriage, in 1968, to fashion designer Jeff Banks, now 77
Mr Banks (pictured with Shaw in 1969) had her live in a caravan with their daughter Gracie when they divorced in 1978 after spending her money on a failed career as a designer
On the Person of Interest podcast, hosted by former Labor Party deputy leader Tom Watson, she said, “I had that old-fashioned way of thinking about marriage, like” stay with your husband. ”
When he lost all my money without asking, I thought that was part of getting married. It was a real wake up call for me that that’s not how it is. ‘
She revealed that she had knitted squares in different colors with her mother-in-law while living in a caravan with her daughter. She later joined the squares into a quilt and still uses it every night to remind her where she came from.
Shaw (pictured with her then four-month-old baby Gracie) said she can finally talk to Mr. Banks because ‘there will be no more shocks’
Fashion designer Jeff Banks attends the Graduate Fashion Week Gala on June 8, 2011 in London, England. Shaw revealed that the pair had recently started talking again
Shaw was known for performing barefoot. She later said it was because she could never find shoes that fit comfortably
Shaw married her third husband Tony Bedford, a psychiatrist, in 1982, and the couple had two children together before divorcing in 1995.
She said she can finally talk to Mr. Banks because ‘there will be no more shocks’ after the couple experience the ‘horrible sides to each other’.
Shaw also revealed that her stardom left her feeling lonely and unhappy as a teenager.
In 2018, Shaw was honored with an MBE at Buckingham Palace when Prince Charles asked why it had taken so long to be awarded.
She said afterwards, “I told him the truth. The truth is, women in music didn’t tend to be honored in the past, especially in the 1960s.
‘He said he was glad I was here. He was a bit stunned that it had taken so long. ‘
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Jeff Banks for comment.