She was left devastated when she lost her beloved partner to lung cancer in 2021.

But Jane McDonald has said she’s ‘not bothered’ about finding love again two years on from Eddie Rothe’s death as she doesn’t need a romantic relationship to make her life feel ‘fulfilled.’

The singer and TV presenter, 60, who rose to fame on 1998 docusoap The Cruise, said she has relied on her female friends to help her navigate the grief process.

‘I’m not bothered. I’m really not. I don’t feel like I need someone in my life to make it fulfilled,’ she said ahead of the launch of her Channel 5 travelogue, Lost in Japan.

‘We have a coping mechanism. I have a great group of girlfriends now, who are all in the same situation, we have a great time, we go out, we have dinner, drinks, parties round each others’ houses.

Candid: Jane McDonald has said she's 'not bothered' about finding love again two years on from Eddie Rothe's death as she doesn't need a relationship to make her life feel 'fulfilled'

Candid: Jane McDonald has said she's 'not bothered' about finding love again two years on from Eddie Rothe's death as she doesn't need a relationship to make her life feel 'fulfilled'

Candid: Jane McDonald has said she’s ‘not bothered’ about finding love again two years on from Eddie Rothe’s death as she doesn’t need a relationship to make her life feel ‘fulfilled’

Couple: Jane was left devastated when she lost her beloved partner to lung cancer in 2021

Couple: Jane was left devastated when she lost her beloved partner to lung cancer in 2021

Couple: Jane was left devastated when she lost her beloved partner to lung cancer in 2021

‘We’re all in the same boat and it’s lovely to know that there’s someone there that you can call at three o’clock in the morning and say, ‘I’m having a bad day.’ I don’t feel like I need anyone.’

Jane had known The Searchers star Eddie since they were teenagers but they only reconnected in the early noughties. They got engaged in 2008.

The musician died after a battle with lung cancer at just 67 back in 2021.

‘I’m grateful for what I had. I’ve turned it round in my head and I am so grateful that I had those wonderful years and I think grateful sort of cancels out everything else,’ she said.

‘I think back now with such joy and such love and that’s how I progress now. It’s a journey. All the things you thought you were going to do, but you have to make a new life.

‘It’s like starting again and that’s frightening for anyone. But we all find our way.’

Jane, who was previously married to Danish plumber Henrik Brixen from 1998 to 2003, said she will now be taking some time off after years of struggling with her work-life balance.

‘I’ve just finished another series, I’m going to try and have a rest now,’ she said.

History: Jane had known The Searchers star Eddie since they were teenagers but they only reconnected in the early noughties. They got engaged in 2008 (pictured in 2018)

History: Jane had known The Searchers star Eddie since they were teenagers but they only reconnected in the early noughties. They got engaged in 2008 (pictured in 2018)

History: Jane had known The Searchers star Eddie since they were teenagers but they only reconnected in the early noughties. They got engaged in 2008 (pictured in 2018) 

Jane said: 'I'm grateful for what I had. I've turned it round in my head and I am so grateful that I had those wonderful years and I think grateful sort of cancels out everything else'

Jane said: 'I'm grateful for what I had. I've turned it round in my head and I am so grateful that I had those wonderful years and I think grateful sort of cancels out everything else'

Jane said: ‘I’m grateful for what I had. I’ve turned it round in my head and I am so grateful that I had those wonderful years and I think grateful sort of cancels out everything else’ 

‘I did go head on into work, I’ve never got the balance right, I’m useless at getting it right. I’m going to have some holiday instead of filming.

‘I want to sit on a sun bed and drink a Pina Colada, we never do that on the travel shows, we walk past people doing it. 

‘And I’m like, ‘hang on a minute I wish I was them!’

Jane McDonald: Lost In Japan starts on Friday night on Channel 5.

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