Jane McDonald is a home girl

Jane McDonald pictured on her first day back on ITV's Loose Women.
Jane McDonald pictured on her first day back on ITV's Loose Women.

SHE is known to millions as the Wakefield girl who found international fame while singing on a cruise ship.

But Jane McDonald has not let success go to her head - she shuns showbiz parties and loves nothing better than coming home and spending time with her family.

This month she returned to our TV screens on ITV’s Loose Women after a 16-month break from the lunch time show.

She left after almost seven years in 2010 to go on tour but now she’s back and she’s not afraid to say what she thinks.

Jane said: “It’s funny because I used to sit and watch the show at home and I would be thinking to myself ‘well I wouldn’t have said that and there’s no way I’d agree with that’. I ended up arguing with the television.”

While she was away the panel has changed but the banter hasn’t.

She said: “I had a really big debate on air with Janet Street Porter. It was about prison sentences she thought we should let them out early but I totally disagreed with her. I really like her though - she’s really opinionated and that’s what we need on the show.”

Her fellow Loose Women panellist Denise Welsh is currently entertaining the nation in the Celebrity Big Brother house.

She raised eyebrows after jumping into a hot tub with Frankie Cocozza, who was famously booted off X Factor for taking cocaine, wearing nothing but her knickers.

Jane said: “I’ve seen her do that a few times before. She’s definitely the wild one out of all the Loose Women.

Gossip magazines are rife with rumours about backstage bust-ups between the panellists but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Jane said: “Over the years we’ve got to know each other quite intimately. We’re all really good mates, we go out together, we’re there for each other. We have a laugh in the green room before we go on set - that’s where they should film the show really.”

Jane first appeared on the show in 2003 when she was invited to join the panel as a one-off guest.

At the time she had just divorced Henrik Brixen, who was also her former manager.

The producers were so impressed with her performance they asked her to be a permanent fixture.

Despite her very public break-up, Jane has found love again with Eddie Rothe, drummer with sixties band The Searchers.

Three years ago he got down on one knee at Christmas when the couple were in Newmillerdam but she’s not rushing down the aisle just yet.

Jane said: “We’re both a bit older and we’ve both been married before. We’re not going to have children so I don’t think there’s any need to rush.

“After the divorce I didn’t think I would meet someone and to be honest I was always happy on my own because I’m married to my job - it’s split up every relationship I’ve ever had apart from this one.”

Despite never having children, Jane has no regrets.

She said: “A lot of people say to me it must be awful for you. I’ve dedicated my life to what I do, if I had kids I would have had to put my career on the back burner.

“It’s funny because a lot of women won’t admit that don’t want children and they shouldn’t be ashamed to because an awful lot of women think like that.”

Jane is now based in London for half of her week but the bright lights of the capital aren’t enough to tempt to move from her home in Sandal.

She said: “I love it here, it’s my home. I know the butcher, I know the people in the supermarket. I’ve just been up to Blacker Hall Farm to buy my organic veg.

“We’re a community in Wakefield and I love that.”

Jane will be in concert at Theatre Royal Wakefield on February 22 in aid of Wakefield Hospice.

For tickets visit www.jane-mcdonald.com