After more than 20 years together, Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee remained very much in love right up until the end. "We were always telling each other we loved each other," Debbie revealed during an interview on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday. "After getting over the shock after Paul was diagnosed, I thought, well actually, we have no regrets. There's nothing we've left unsaid."
"I was so comforted by the fact that we always said 'I love you'. We enjoyed every day of life. We were a team, even through the bad times.
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Debbie McGee opened up about her grief on Good Morning Britain
"I will miss watching him with other people. Most people he met, he made them feel good, they took something away which was nice. It was lovely to see that."
Debbie, 57, lost her husband on 17 March, just a few days before the couple's 28th wedding anniversary. She has been putting on a brave face since he passed away just a few weeks after being diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour.
She said that she and Paul had "enjoyed every day of life"
Speaking about Paul's final days, she revealed that her 77-year-old husband had no idea he was dying. "He was very happy, joking and laughing up until 48 hours before he died," she said. "He could still interact with you, but I'm not sure what he was taking in."
Of her own grief, she added: "You have no idea how you will cope until you're in this position. We had a happy life and he didn't know he was dying. I keep counting my blessings.
Paul and Debbie were married in April 1988
"I loved living with him and we had such a good life and he had more to live for. Obviously it is a huge loss, a tragedy, and I'm sad, but it helps that everyone has been amazing."
Debbie said Paul would never have believed the outpouring of love and affection the public has shown in the wake of his death. "He would have had no idea," she said. "He wasn't a person to look back. Living for the minute was always important to Paul."