Jane McDonald opens up about struggles in candid admission: ‘I don’t know how to survive’
Jane McDonald, 56, recently opened up about suffering low points in her career in a candid interview on ITV’s Lorraine. The star, who found fame performing on cruise ships, was dropped by her record company just before her marriage to her ex-husband and former manager Henrik Brixen broke down.
Speaking candidly to host Lorraine Kelly last month about her new book Riding The Waves, the Holidaying with Jane McDonald star admitted: “I’ve lived a lot and I’ve been through a lot and I thought, ‘Just put it out there.’
“A lot of people say, ‘How do you survive in this industry?’ and I don’t know how to survive in this industry. I’ve just put down how I’ve done it.”
She continued: “There’s an awful lot of walls that you hit, there’s a lot of doors that you get slammed in your face and you just have to go, ‘Right, I’m going to do that a different way’.”
Jane went on to address some difficult challenges she faced after tying the knot with Henrik.
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She divulged: “I got dropped from my record company, the TV, my husband left me.
“I had nothing left, everything had gone.”
Fortunately, the small-screen star managed to “deal with” the tough situation she was in by being resilient.
She recalled to Lorraine: “It’s sink or swim, literally, I just think, ‘Right, let’s go for it.’
“I still felt as if I had so much more to give, so no matter what happens to you, it’s how you deal with it.
“And I just thought, ‘Just carry on, just carry on.’”
Jane found love again after her breakup and recently gushed about finding “the right one” in her partner of 12 years, Eddie Rothe.
Speaking to Prima magazine, the TV personality explained: “I’ve had a few mishaps relationship-wise, by god, when you find the right one you certainly know it.”
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Praising her fiancé, she added: “I’ve been with Ed for 12 years, that’s a miracle for me! He makes me feel like a teenager again.
“He’s still gorgeous and I can see what I went for all those years ago.”
Jane first dated Ed when they were teenagers and they went on to rekindle their romance in 2009.
Reflecting on their romantic history, Jane told the publication: “My other half Ed was my childhood sweetheart. We had those sliding doors moments for years.
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“We were in the same places, but we just never met.”
The performer previously opened up to her fellow Loose Women panelists about feeling like she became a “product” after she teamed up with her ex-husband Henrik in business.
She admitted: “Your manager is your boss and tells you what to do, what to wear and who to be, so our relationship changed.
“I loved him with all my heart, but felt he’d stopped looking at me as a wife. I became a product.”
Holidaying with Jane McDonald airs tonight at 9pm on Channel 5.
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