Jane McDonald apologises for emotional The One Show appearance

Emotional Jane McDonald apologises for welling up on The One Show as she pays tribute to her late husband Eddie Rothe and mother

Jane McDonald was overwhelmed with emotion as she paid a touching tribute to her mother and late husband on Thursday.

The TV personality apologised for losing her composure as she appeared on The One Show to discuss her new travel show Holidaying with Jane McDonald.

Watching a clip from the series in the studio, Jane became emotional as she reflected on losing her husband Eddie Rothe to cancer last year and her mother Jean in 2018.   

Emotional: Jane McDonald was overwhelmed with emotion as she paid a touching tribute to her mother and late husband on Thursday's episode of The One Show

Emotional: Jane McDonald was overwhelmed with emotion as she paid a touching tribute to her mother and late husband on Thursday’s episode of The One Show 

The One Show hosts Alex Jones and Roman Kemp shared a clip from Jane’s new series that showed her releasing baby turtles into the sea during her trip in Mexico, whom she’d named call Ed and Jean in tribute to her late husband and mother.

In the clip she said: ‘You have no idea how special this feels. And we’re getting to release them, I’m quite emotional.’

Speaking about the special moment from the studio she said: ‘I just recently lost my partner and my mother at the same time. I just thought this is new life. Go out.’

Heartbreaking: Jane's husband Eddie - who was the drummer for Sixties band The Searchers - was 67 when he died last April due to lung cancer (pictured in 2016)

Heartbreaking: Jane’s husband Eddie – who was the drummer for Sixties band The Searchers – was 67 when he died last April due to lung cancer (pictured in 2016) 

The singer fought back tears as she became very emotional: ‘Sorry my throat went there, always does when I talk about them.

‘You just got to think at the end of something, comes something beautiful in new life, and that’s what all we have to remember.

‘It was a quite an emotional bit for me.  And they all went down to the ocean, so I was so pleased to see them go.’

Grief: The TV personality apologised for losing her composure as she appeared on The One Show to discuss her new travel show Holidaying with Jane McDonald.

Grief: The TV personality apologised for losing her composure as she appeared on The One Show to discuss her new travel show Holidaying with Jane McDonald.

Eddie – who was the drummer for Sixties band The Searchers –  was 67 when he died last April due to lung cancer, and Jane remarked his death ‘took our future’.

‘When you lose a lot of love – I lost my mum and Ed – and you just think, ‘I’m never going to fill that hole again’ but you do. 

‘I was a mess, but they just got me through it. They really did. You can find love in many different ways – it can be a pet, it can be your fans, it can be your family, or your friends,’ she admitted.

Emotional: The singer fought back tears as she became very emotional, saying  'Sorry my throat went there, always does when I talk about them'

Emotional: The singer fought back tears as she became very emotional, saying  ‘Sorry my throat went there, always does when I talk about them’

The former cruise singer recently revealed some of the drastic changes she did as she was left living alone in the home she shared with her late husband.

The TV presenter invited her long-term friend Sue, 71, to move into with her as both women were living alone. 

‘I’ve just stepped back from touring for a couple of years because it’s hard work. Sometimes you’ve got to step back and make space for great things to happen.

‘That’s my motto in life. You’ve got to make things sometimes happen, and my life for the past seven years has been touring, recording, television, recording,’ she explained.

Another loss: Jane's mother Jean passed away in 2018 (pictured with her mum in 2013)

Another loss: Jane’s mother Jean passed away in 2018 (pictured with her mum in 2013)

But nearly one year from the tragic death, the former Loose Women panelist showed resilience as she’s doing ‘so much better’ after significant highs and lows.

‘I’m doing so much better and you realise just how important your family and friends are. I have more good days now than bad days and I relish those now,’ she said.

‘I was very lucky – I’ve always had a very busy life without a partner, so I’ve been able to just carry on and my fans were just incredible.

‘When you lose a lot of love – I lost my mum and Ed – and you just think, ‘I’m never going to fill that hole again’ but you do. It comes from other places, and that’s why you’ve got to let the light in and that’s what I’m doing.’ 

Jane also revealed that her niece has paid a touching tribute to Ed – by naming her son after him – and she’s besotted with the new arrival.

Eddie proposed to Jane on Christmas Eve of 2008, after becoming an item earlier that year.

The pair were together briefly years before, splitting in 2002 before rekindling the romance six years later – but never got the chance to tie the knot before his tragic passing.

'I'm doing so much better': One year from the tragic death, the former Loose Women panelist showed resilience as she's doing 'so much better' after significant highs and lows

‘I’m doing so much better’: One year from the tragic death, the former Loose Women panelist showed resilience as she’s doing ‘so much better’ after significant highs and lows

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