Jane McDonald says her fiancé Eddie Rothe’s death ‘taught me that life is to be lived’

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Jane McDonald has vowed to continue to enjoy life as she breaks her silence after the death of her fiancé Eddie Rothe in March.

The singer, 58, said the biggest thing she’s learned in the past year is that ‘life is too short’ and that she will ‘live it even more’ after the lockdown restrictions are fully relaxed.

In early April, a statement published on Jane’s Twitter account confirmed that Eddie, 68, had died on March 26, after a months-long battle with lung cancer.

Brave: Jane McDonald has vowed to keep on enjoying life as she breaks her silence after the death of her partner Eddie Rothe last month (pictured together)

Speak against The mirror In her first interview since his death, she said, “If we know anything about what happened in the past year, it’s that life is too short.”

She added: “This taught me that life is to be lived and I will live it even more when we are allowed to go out again.”

About planning vacations with family and friends she also said, ‘We all think’ I better not spend that ‘but I’m telling 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 can do it again. ‘

Honestly, the singer, 58, said the biggest thing she's learned in the past year is that 'life is too short' and that she will 'live it even more' after the lockdown restrictions are fully relaxed (pictured together in 2018)

Honestly, the singer, 58, said the biggest thing she’s learned in the past year is that ‘life is too short’ and that she will ‘live it even more’ after the lockdown restrictions are fully relaxed (pictured together in 2018)

Jane also spoke with the publication about the upcoming season of her show Cruising, the show’s final run after four years.

About a cruise she filmed with her friends on the Thames, she said, “I hope people see what we did on that cruise and think, ‘I want to do that with my family or my best friends.’

“Because it is very special to spend quality time with people you love.”

Last month, Jane announced that her fiancé had passed away on March 26, after a months-long battle with lung cancer.

Difficult: In early April, a statement posted on Jane's Twitter account confirmed that Eddie, 68, had passed away on March 26, after a months-long battle with lung cancer

Difficult: In early April, a statement posted on Jane’s Twitter account confirmed that Eddie, 68, had passed away on March 26, after a months-long battle with lung cancer

Alongside a photo of the couple, Jane’s statement confirmed that the former The Searchers drummer’s funeral had taken place that week.

The statement read: “It is with great sadness that we share the news that Jane’s beloved life partner, Ed, passed away on Friday, March 26.

He’s been fighting lung cancer for the past few months. We want to thank everyone for all their help and support in 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 kindly ask for your kindness in respecting Jane’s privacy for her and Ed’s family at this sad time.”

Lovers: Former Loose Women star and musician Eddie first met in 1980 - when she was only 17 - and dated for six months before breaking up and moving on with their lives (pictured in 2008)

Lovers: Former Loose Women star and musician Eddie first met in 1980 – when she was only 17 – and dated for six months before breaking up and moving on with their lives (pictured in 2008)

MailOnline contacted Jane McDonald’s representatives at the time for comment.

The former Loose Women star and musician Eddie first met in 1980 – when she was only 17 – and dated for six months before breaking up and moving on with their lives.

About how they were men for the first time, Jane explained earlier: “We first met in the 1980s when I was a waitress at a nightclub in Wakefield.

Disco group, Liquid Gold played. The drummer, Wal, asked if we could have a drink. He was tall, blond and built like a god. It clicked and started to go out. ‘

The young couple broke up when Jane decided to embark on a career singing on cruises – a career in which she became a celebrity after appearing on the BBC show The Cruise – but reunited decades later.

Tribute to Ed, Loose Women’s official Twitter account shared: ‘Our deepest condolences go out to our friend and former Loose Woman Jane McDonald whose life partner Ed Rothe has passed away.

Ed was part of our Loose Women family for many years and was featured on our show several times. We send love to Jane and her and Ed’s family. ‘

Actress Crissy Rock also reached out to Jane and tweeted, ‘My heart breaks for the beautiful Jane McDonald over the loss of her life partner Ed, who sadly passed away. Thoughts, love and prayers for Jane and Ed’s family. ‘

Jane got married twice; first in 1987 to a man named Paul for a year, then to the Danish engineer Henrik Brixen from 1998 to 2002.

Exes: Jane got married twice after originally divorcing Eddie;  first in 1987 to a man named Paul for a year, then to Danish engineer Henrik Brixen (pictured together) from 1998 to 2002

Exes: Jane got married twice after originally divorcing Eddie; first in 1987 to a man named Paul for a year, then to Danish engineer Henrik Brixen (pictured together) from 1998 to 2002

Henrik was working as a plumber engineer on a ship when the couple met, but he became Jane’s manager after they married in 1998.

In her 2019 autobiography entitled Riding The Waves: My Story, Jane touched on her and Henrik’s conversation about starting a family. She wrote: ‘Henrik and I once talked about having children, but there was no room for babies in his plans for me. I started to feel lonely in my marriage.

‘Your manager is your boss and tells you what to do, what to wear and who to be, so our relationship has changed. I loved him with all my heart but felt that he no longer considered me a woman. I became a product.

Finally, I came to the devastating conclusion that I really had nothing left. I said to Henrik, “I’m firing you as my manager.”

Jane previously claimed that Henrik had left their marriage to save her career, explaining to the Mirror, ‘Henrik went above and beyond and he was brilliant at what he did, but he didn’t know the industry.

‘We got to a point where Henrik had made quite a few enemies and he said,’ If I don’t leave you, you’ll never get a career. ‘

“And that’s why I never talk about Henrik in a bad light, because he was the one who got out of the marriage to save my career.”

After the couple broke up in 2002, Jane re-established her relationship with Eddie and became engaged to him in 2008, at Christmas.

Nearby: Henrik was working as a plumber engineer on a ship when the couple met, but he became Jane's manager after they got married in 1998 (pictured in 1999)

Nearby: Henrik was working as a plumber engineer on a ship when the couple met, but he became Jane’s manager after they got married in 1998 (pictured in 1999)

Jane wrote about her engagement to Eddie in her autobiography, when she wrote: ‘Suddenly, Ed cleared his throat and reached into his pocket. “Jane, you’re definitely the one for me, and I should have done this 26 years ago,” he said. “Will you marry me?”

‘I was so overwhelmed that I started to cry. Then Ed started to cry! The people around us were hurt – thought we were going to break up. ‘

“No, no, he just proposed to me!” I said laughing through tears. ‘

She told the Daily Mirror of their revived romance: ‘My life was a big part of being in the right place at the right time, so being back with Eddie is something of a fate. We both realize that we are lucky to have found each other again.

‘I’m really having fun again. I am more confident than ever and I have a wonderful man who makes me laugh every day. ‘

Speaking about their engagement in 2011, Jane admitted, ‘This has to be the longest courtship and engagement in history. We first met when most of the people in this country weren’t even born yet!

‘Ed has been so patient. He’s fantastic, cute and we have such a great time together. We are not in a hurry to get married.

‘I love this one more than I ever loved the others and I don’t want to screw it up. In any case, I can’t afford to get a divorce again, ‘the star joked.

The Happy Couple: In 2011, Jane spoke about her engagement to Eddie and admitted, `` This has got to be the longest courtship and engagement in history.  We first met when most of the people in this country weren't even born yet!  (Pictured in 2016)

The Happy Couple: In 2011, Jane spoke about her engagement to Eddie and admitted, “ This has got to be the longest courtship and engagement in history. We first met when most of the people in this country weren’t even born yet! (Pictured in 2016)

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