Debbie McGee opens up about 'fairytale life' with late husband Paul Daniels

Suzie Bakos

Debbie McGee has opened up about her marriage with Paul Daniels following his sad death on Thursday. The late magician's wife has been left devastated since losing her husband and described the 28-years of marriage they shared as a "fairytale life".

The 57-year-old told the BBC: "The way to describe Paul was that, yes he did television shows and people knew who he was and he did shows for royalty and we flew around the world. You know we had a fairytale life and we were so happy together.

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Debbie lost Paul on Thursday

"But Paul as a person was like in the village, in the queue for the post office, either doing tricks on them or making them all laugh. And he was as happy doing that as he was walking on stage at the Palladium or doing a TV show or doing a show for the Royal Family. He loved people. He was interested in everybody."

It was revealed that Paul had been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour on 20 February, passing away just weeks later. His former assitant and wife said: "Paul didn't know at all. The tumour was pressing on the part of the brain that processes information. So although he was talking and communicating and knowing who I was and everything, he actually wasn't taking in new information, which is actually quite hard to tell."

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Paul was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour

On hearing the news of his diagnosis, she came back from hospital and "cried the whole night," but decided it that they should make the time he had left the "best time possible".

"He never saw me cry. I smiled. I put my make up on and hair every day," she added, before revealing that they spent their remaining time together at home eating Magnums, watching ITV's The Chase and spending time in the garden.

She said: "Our life has been full of laughter and that's what it's been the last few weeks. Up until the last 48 hours when he slipped into a sleep."

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