Maureen Lipman said she “worried” about what people thought of her after her husband died. The Coronation Street actress lost her spouse of 31 years, Jack Rosenthal, back in 2004.
The 74-year-old said she felt “terrible” about not appearing to be upset about the playwright’s death, age 72.
The late Corrie writer died after losing his battle with multiple myeloma, a form of cancer, and he was buried in Golders Green Jewish Cemetery.
Speaking in the latest issue of Prima magazine, the Evelyn Plummer star opened up about her loss and her romance that followed.
“I found it almost impossible to grieve because my nature is to make people laugh,” Maureen started.
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“The secret to maintaining things is not letting go of the basic spark that brought you together. It’s like when you meet your best friends from school; you might have nothing in common now, but that essence is still there and you laugh at the same things because of it.”
Unfortunately, she added that they had been “apart recently” due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We couldn’t self-isolate together because of his health – but I feel lucky that we have that,” she said.
Maureen appears on the cover of the publication, turning heads in a flowing pink dress.
The tiered number featured a V-neckline, short sleeves and floor-length, hankerchief hem.
She teamed it with pointy black heels and was seen clutching a pair of sunglasses in the images.
Read the full Maureen Lipman interview in the August issue of Prima, on sale now. It is available in all supermarkets and online at MagsDirect.
Coronation Street continues tonight at 7.30pm on ITV.