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How am I going to do it? Jane McDonald worried about caring for fiancé Ed in final days

Jane McDonald says she had a crash course in nursing

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Jane McDonald, 58, discussed the death of her fiancé and caring for him in his final days. Drummer Eddie Rothe died from lung cancer at the age of 67 earlier this year.

I didn’t want to be like this

Jane McDonald

The presenter went on Loose Women to reunite with her old co-workers.

The interview began with a celebration of Eddie, but as memories were recalled the former ITV show host quickly burst into tears at the memory of her fiancée in his last days.

Carol McGiffin consoled Jane and expressed: “Jane, it’s so good to see you back in that seat. We’ve missed you.”

Before she could reply, the singer-songwriter started to cry and said sorry to viewers watching at home.

“I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry. I didn’t want to be like this,” the former presenter said before talking more about her fiancée.

The late drummer was a member of the band, The Searchers.

The two had a difficult time in his final days, as the illness was at its peak during the coronavirus pandemic.

After composing herself, she addressed her old colleagues: “It’s my first interview since he passed away, and I’m so glad and so grateful that it’s with you ladies.”

Jane then said how she thought of her fiancée as “golden and smiley” and that it’s been a difficult 18 months.

She then explained in detail the difficulty of caring for her partner.

“Because it was in lockdown, no one was able to take care of him,” the presenter explained, adding: “I had to have a crash course.”

“Because it was lung cancer, they were afraid of him getting Covid so I took over everything,” she explained, saying how it was a “privilege” to care for him.

Jane then said how she thought of her fiancée as “golden and smiley” and that it’s been a difficult 18 months.

She then explained in detail the difficulty of caring for her partner.

“Because it was in lockdown, no one was able to take care of him,” the presenter explained, adding: “I had to have a crash course.”

“Because it was lung cancer, they were afraid of him getting Covid so I took over everything,” she explained, saying how it was a “privilege” to care for him.

Jane explained she was very glad she was the one to be able to look after him, but was worried that at first she wouldn’t be able to do it.

The singer added that matters were made worse by the fact that restrictions were in place due to the pandemic which stopped the family being able to see Ed in his final days.

Eddie and Jane knew each other for more than 20 years; they first met when Jane was 17-years-old.

They only dated for some months and weren’t reunited until 2008, when they got engagedUnfortunately, Eddie passed away before the pair got married.

She added that she was “not good at being sad, at crying.”

“So everyday when I wake up and I get that thud, like someone’s just hit me…,” she explained.

“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 and grateful for the time you had with him and remember him how I want to remember him?”

Carol commented that Jane’s method of coping was a “great way to deal with” loss.

She added that you “shouldn’t shy away from happy memories.”

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