Maureen Lipman has opened up about the death of her husband and why she felt she didn’t grieve enough at the time.
The 74-year-old Coronation Street star has said she found it “impossible to grieve” following the death of her husband Jack Rosenthal 16 years ago, because it is in her nature to try to make people laugh.
The actress, who plays Evelyn Plummer in Corrie, discussed the death of Jack in an interview with magazine Prima.
Recalling the days after he died, Maureen said: “I found it almost impossible to grieve because my nature is to make people laugh.
“And then, I’d feel terrible about the fact I didn’t look like I was grieving enough.”
She said that she turned to retail therapy and that she would spend money to make herself “feel better”.
Maureen told the magazine: “I bought a car, then I worried that people would think it was odd; why would she buy a car when her husband has just died?
“But I now know that we all grieve in our own ways; there’s no right or wrong way.
“Sometimes, I still have my moments 16 years later.”
Maureen revealed that she “always gets miserable” around May, which is the month her husband died.
The Weatherfield star is now with Guido Castro, who she described as a “lovely man”.
“I haven’t always been the best wife, mother or lover – I think I’m a bit hit and miss – but I recognise a good man when I see him,” she said.
*Read the full interview in Prima’s August issue, which is on sale now.
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