Jane McDonald says the death of her fiancé Eddie Rothe 'taught me that life is ...

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

The singer, 58, said that the biggest thing she has learnt in the past year is that 'life is too short' and that she will 'live it even more' after lockdown restrictions are fully eased.

At the start of April a statement published to Jane's Twitter account confirmed that Eddie, 68, had passed away on March 26th, after a months-long battle with lung cancer.  

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

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

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Speaking to The Mirror in her first interview since his death she said: 'If we know anything about what has happened in this past year, it's that life is too short.'

She added: 'This has taught me that life is for living and I will live it even more when we are allowed out again.' 

Speaking about planning holidays with family and friends she also said: 'We all think, 'I'd better not spend that,' but I tell 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're going to be able to do it again.'

Honest: The singer, 58, said that the biggest thing she has learnt in the past year is that 'life is too short' and that she will 'live it even more' after lockdown restrictions are fully eased (pictured together in 2018)

Honest: The singer, 58, said that the biggest thing she has learnt in the past year is that 'life is too short' and that she will 'live it even more' after lockdown restrictions are fully eased (pictured together in 2018) 

Jane also spoke to the publication about the upcoming season of her show Cruising which will be the final series of the show after a four-year long run. 

Speaking about one cruise she filmed on the Thames with her friends she said: 'I hope that people see what we were doing on that cruise and think, 'I want to do that with my family or my closest friends'. 

'Because it is an extremely special thing to do, to spend quality time with people that you love.'

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

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Difficult: At the start of April a statement published to Jane's Twitter account confirmed that Eddie, 68, had passed away on March 26th, after a months-long battle with lung cancer

Difficult: At the start of April a statement published to Jane's Twitter account confirmed that Eddie, 68, had passed away on March 26th, after a months-long battle with lung cancer

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

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

'He had been battling lung cancer for the last few months. We would like to thank everyone for all their help and support during 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 please ask for your kindness in observing Jane's privacy for her and Ed's family at this sad time.'

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

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

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

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

Speaking about how they first men, Jane previously explained: 'We'd first met in the 80s when I was waitressing at a Wakefield nightclub.

'Disco group, Liquid Gold were playing. The drummer, Wal, asked if we could have a drink. He was tall, blond and built like a god. We hit it off and started going out.'

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