Jane McDonald couldn’t be more successful right now if she tried.
Having recently stunned TV bigwigs by winning a BAFTA for Cruising with Jane McDonald, she’s about to launch another glitzy Channel 5 show Jane McDonald & Friends.
Recently the former panellist even teased plans to launch a show to rival Loose Women, following the return of Denise Welch and Carol McGiffin. When asked about it, Jane laughed and responded coyly, ‘I couldn’t possibly comment!’
As Woman sits down with the 55-year-old singer, she tells us of her laugh-a-minute life at home with Eddie Rothe, who she’s been engaged to for seven years, and why she thinks they deserve their own show…
‘I still squeak when people say BAFTA, I can’t believe it. It’s amazing, isn’t it? I don’t know how we get away with Cruising personally, because it’s just me on me holidays, having a brilliant time, but it just seems to work, and seems to have its own little following now – it’s run away with itself.’
‘I’m usually glamorous all the time! I even have to put lipstick on to go to the bins. I can’t be in my trackies, I’m not very good at being underdressed. I like to slob out but it’s not in my make-up at all.’
‘A cruise would be Eddie’s idea of hell, he’s just like, “No, you go off and do your thing and I’ll watch it when you get back.” I Skype and FaceTime him, but he knows I’m up at six in the morning and probably filming until 10 at night, and then when I get back to my cabin, I’m dead to the world, so it would be pointless him being there anyway. But my time with Ed is very, very private time and special time, so there are no cameras!’
‘The secret to a happy relationship? Laughter, and liking each other. I’m very blessed to have Eddie. He is a brilliant chef, he keeps me on the straight and narrow, and he’s just the perfect partner, I couldn’t wish for anyone better in my life. I am very lucky!’
‘We both want to get married at some point but we are very, very happy, so it’s not the be all and end all for us to get married right now. There will be a time when we know that it’s right, but we’re a bit busy for the next couple of years, so it won’t be soon.’
‘We’re like a romcom – the cameras should film us because he’s hilarious. He’s one of the funniest people I know and every day he makes me laugh out loud with something he does and says.’
‘I’m not so hung up on how I look anymore. When you get to a certain age, you don’t care like you do when you’re in your 20s or 30s, you’re just glad to be alive. If you’ve got your health, that’s the main thing. It’s like, I’ve got bingo wings, so what? People my age do.’
‘I’m not 100% sugar-free now but I’m about 80/20. I do that diet for the energy rather than the weight loss. I literally have 12-hour days and I don’t stop. If you look after your body and fuel it well, it’ll look after you.’
‘It’s hard on the cruises and martinis are my biggest downfall, and wine. But this is a holiday programme. You don’t usually stay on a diet if you’re on holiday, but I do taste a lot of things and don’t finish them. I don’t deprive myself. I have to watch what I’m doing all the time because I’m on 11 cruises a year, so I do have to be careful, but it’s great fun.’
My new show Jane McDonald & Friends is spectacular. Everybody can watch it, and if you’re feeling a bit down and want uplifting, you’re guaranteed to smile through it. But you also need tissues as it’s quite emotional in places as well. Even I have to have tissues, I join in and have a cry with everybody.’
From our sister site Woman. Words by Hayley Minn.