Break-up left me a mess says Katherine Jenkins as she speaks of split with Gethin Jones


Break-up left me a mess says Katherine Jenkins as she speaks of split with Gethin Jones

Katherine Jenkins admitted she was ‘heartbroken’ when she announced the end of her engagement to TV presenter Gethin Jones just weeks ago.

Now she has spoken of the terrible toll the break-up has taken on her, revealing that the split left her a ‘total mess’.

The Welsh singer opened her heart to a packed audience at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on the final stop of her nationwide tour.

Split: Miss Jenkins and Gethin Jones at Ascot Races last year. The couple broke off their engagement in December

Split: Miss Jenkins and Gethin Jones at Ascot Races last year. The couple broke off their engagement in December

The 31-year-old claimed that her singing commitments had helped her piece together her broken heart.

Speaking on stage on Thursday night, she said: ‘When I started the tour I was a total mess. I was in pieces.

‘But with every performance I have been able to put myself slowly together. Unfortunately all my songs are about love or heartbreak but I can just about cope with that now.’

Heartfelt performance: Miss Jenkins revealed her heartache to the audience at a concert in London's Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday night

Heartfelt performance: Miss Jenkins revealed her heartache to the audience at a concert in London's Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday night

Last month, Miss Jenkins, a mezzo-soprano, had to be comforted by her conductor when she broke down in tears on stage in Oxford.

However, she looked radiant as she performed a mixture of classical and folk songs in London.

And Miss Jenkins proudly announced that her sister Laura, 29, has become engaged to her long-term boyfriend Gavin Johnson.

She said: ‘I was a bit apprehensive as to how my Valentine’s Day was going to turn out this year. But actually, it turned out to be the best day ever, because my sister and her boyfriend got engaged.

‘Laura and Gav, I am absolutely thrilled for you. Gav, welcome to the family. It’s amazing to have you and I wish you all the best.’ Thanking the audience for their support, Miss Jenkins said: ‘I’ve had an amazing time singing for you. I really feel like being on this stage on tour is the happiest I’ve been in a long time, and you’ve made that happen. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.’

Miss Jenkins started dating Jones, 33, in 2007 after meeting him on the set of Strictly Come Dancing. They became engaged on holiday in Mexico last February, but announced their split on December 30 on their Twitter pages.

Happier times: The couple met in 2007 and became engaged a year ago

Happier times: The couple met in 2007 and became engaged a year ago

A close friend of Miss Jenkins told the Mail: ‘Katherine and Gethin simply couldn’t make it work. They really did try, it wasn’t just work pressures – they had bigger problems that were insurmountable.

‘They stayed together for as long as they could, but in the end it just became clear that a wedding was never going to happen.’