Cruising With Jane McDonald star Jane McDonald on her Channel 5 show and Loose Women

Jane McDonald anxiety that caused her to be ‘frightened of everything’

The much-loved performer wasn't always confident

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Jane McDonald has certainly become a national treasure since embarking on her career over two decades ago.

The 59-year-old former Loose Women panellist, who fronts various travel programmes on Channel 5, shot to fame singing on a cruise ship.

But while the star appeared confident on stage, Jane often felt fearful during her early career.

Jane McDonald appearing on on This Morning
Jane McDonald often felt ‘frightened’ during her early career (Credit: ITV)

What did Jane McDonald say about her early career?

Jane made her television debut on BBC fly-on-the-wall series The Cruise in 1998.

However, she didn’t have as much confidence back then.

Speaking to The Sun in 2018, Jane explained: “When all this happened to me 20 years ago, I was frightened of everything.

I was frightened of everything.

“I was frightened of saying the wrong thing, I was ­frightened of looking a certain way, I had all these people around me sorting my hair and doing this.”

In addition, she shared: “I like big hair, I like ­fabulous make-up, I like high heels and that is me. And when all these people try and change you in the very beginning they’re doing their job. But now this is trendy and I’ve never ever wavered from who I am.”

Nowadays, Jane is one of Britain’s most-loved entertainers.

Jane McDonald on the beach on her Channel 5 show Holidaying with Jane McDonald
Jane fronts various travel programmes on Channel 5 (Credit: Channel 5)

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Most recently, Jane appeared in Channel 5’s Holidaying with Jane McDonald: The Caribbean.

On the programme, the star travelled to Barbados, St Lucia, Grenada and Antigua in a four-part mini-series.

She also appears on Cruising with Jane McDonald, which airs on Channel 5 today (June 4).

Jane’s heartbreak after losing fiancé Eddie

Despite her hugely successful career, Jane has spent the past year grieving the loss of her fiancé Eddie Rothe.

Eddie died in March last year after a short battle with lung cancer.

At the time, a statement on her Twitter account read: “It is with immense sadness that we share the news that Jane’s beloved long term partner, Ed, passed away on Friday 26th March.

Jane McDonald with late partner Eddie Rothe (Credit:
Jane McDonald with late partner Eddie Rothe (Credit:

“He had been battling lung cancer for the last few months. We would like to thank everyone for all their help and support.”

Meanwhile, back in November, Jane appeared on Loose Women to speak about Ed’s death.

On the show, she explained that didn’t want to “feel sad” for the rest of her life.

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Jane told the panel: “I don’t want to feel sad for the rest of my life because that wasn’t Ed. Ed was golden, smiley, he was beautiful.”

Last month, the star donated over 60 of her gorgeous gowns to the hospice that cared for Eddie before his death.

Money from the sale of the dresses will help the hospice help more families like Jane’s.

Cruising With Jane McDonald is on Channel 5 today at 5:30pm.

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