Publicly taunted: Gethin laughed at comedian Rob Brydon's joke that he was in his girlfriend's shadow when the couple made their last public appearance together in the audience on Michael Mc Intyre's Christmas Comedy Roadshow.But the jibe was close to home Even so, her attempts to win over the country (she has just performed at Disneyland's Christmas Parade), plus a recent tour of Australia and New Zealand with Placido Domingo, means that she and Jones had to become used to long spells apart.
Katherine Jenkins has opened up about the difficult period she faced when her ex-fiancé Gethin Jones broke up with her.
Three years on and the Welsh classical singer, who is now happily married to film director Andrew Levitas, has given her side of the story.
She desperately wants to establish herself as a bona fide international star, particularly in America.
In fact, there has been some knowing eye-rolling among friends loyal to Gethin that Katherine implied in her Twitter message that she had suspended her usually prolific bulletins on the social network site while she came to terms with the break-up.'She was only off the air for two days! 'I know she is genuinely very upset that things haven't worked out, but she doesn't exactly give the impression of having been blubbing her heart out on the sofa.'His desire for them to get on with having children has come, they say, after a series of career hiccups for the handsome Gethin, who was deeply disappointed to be replaced by comedian Paddy Mc Guinness as presenter of the high-rating ITV1 series 71 Degrees North. Gethin is her fiancé.' A joke, of course, but dangerously close to home, it would appear.
Besides, there is much to distract her from her heartache, not least her latest album and a tour that starts this week in Oxford, before she ventures yet again further afield to Japan, America and Australia next month.
Indeed, her return to these shores for the festive season came hard on the heels of a dash to New York to perform at the Christmas tree lighting in Rockefeller Plaza and a four-day promotional trip to Tokyo.
So it was a bit of a kick in the teeth for Gethin when he was publicly taunted about being in his girlfriend's shadow by comedian Rob Brydon when the couple made their last public appearance together in the audience on Michael Mc Intyre's Christmas Comedy Roadshow, which was shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day. Perhaps with his stuttering career in mind, Gethin — who presented his fiancée with a £10,000 diamond engagement ring on holiday in Mexico last February — has been insisting recently that he is determined his career should take a back seat to his wish to become a husband and father. 'Now I want to be a father, but I'd like to get married first.'Katherine, who has become a latter-day Forces sweetheart over recent years with her performances for British troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo, responded by giving a tearful interview to the Mail's Weekend magazine at the beginning of last month in which she confided she longed to give up her dazzling career to have babies.
As a spotlight picked them out, Brydon introduced them to the crowd saying: 'She was the first person to be No.1 and No.2 in the classical charts at the same time. Her ascent to becoming one of our most bankable — and seemingly squeaky clean — musical stars was not even derailed by her confession two years ago that she had taken cocaine, Ecstasy and baked cannabis cookies while she was a student in London And it has won her an enviable lifestyle.
Speaking candidly in the , which will air on Monday night, the mezzo-soprano said that she couldn't understand why the TV presenter called off their engagement.
Katherine and Gethin had been engaged for ten months and had reportedly bought a house together.
Welsh opera star Katherine Jenkins is ‘over the moon’ after getting engaged to long-term TV presenter boyfriend Gethin Jones.