Shane MacGowan's wife Victoria Mary Clarke discusses his funeral
Shane MacGowan’s wife Victoria Mary Clarke admits it’s ‘hard to believe’ his funeral will take place on Friday and says he ‘always hated’ going to them
Shane MacGowan’s wife Victoria Mary Clarke has admitted it is ‘hard to believe’ his funeral will take place this Friday.
The Pogues frontman, 65, died at home in Dublin on Thursday surrounded by his family after developing pneumonia. He married Victoria, 57, in Copenhagen in 2018 after being engaged for 11 years and in a relationship for decades.
The journalist said the singer ‘hated funerals’ and would generally refuse to go them except on rare occasions.
In a heartfelt post shared to Instagram, Victoria said she was overwhelmed with the amount of ‘love’ she has received since Shane’s death on November 30.
She wrote: ‘Tomorrow is Shane’s funeral which is hard to believe and probably I won’t believe it for a while. Shane hated funerals and he refused to go to them with a few rare exceptions.
Shane MacGowan’s wife Victoria Mary Clarke has admitted it is ‘hard to believe’ his funeral will take place this Friday
The journalist said the singer ‘hated funerals’ and would generally refuse to go them except on rare occasions
‘So it’s incredible to think that so many people want to come to his and that so many beautiful people are pouring their hearts and souls into making it magnificent and magical and memorable for him and for us who are left behind.
‘I am feeling my heart ❤️ bursting open in all directions with the amount of love ❤️ that is being showered on us and most especially because everyone has their own problems and challenges and everyone has their own loved ones who they need to look after.’
Victoria went on to say she feels Shane is still with her now and she ‘got so much’ from their decades-long relationship.
She wrote: ‘I feel that Shane is with me all the time and that he is feeling intense appreciation and gratitude and that he is still sending love ❤️ to everyone and maybe in a more powerful way from where he is now.
‘I couldn’t have possibly asked for a more precious and enduring love ❤️ affair as a human and I got so much from my relationship with Shane that it would be greedy to want more!
‘I would love to say to anyone who is in a relationship with someone who has problems with addiction or anxiety or depression to please get healing and help for yourself, and to take care of yourself and you will find that it gives you the strength to keep going and to be able to enjoy your love.
‘And to anyone who is in fear of losing someone just know that millions of angels are watching you and supporting you. And if you don’t want to come to the funeral Shane would definitely understand, he wouldn’t want to go either!
‘But if you want to remember him, the next time you see a homeless person stop and give them your time and your compassion and your respect and treat them like a brother or a sister ❤️’.
In a heartfelt post shared to Instagram, Victoria said she was overwhelmed with the amount of ‘love’ she has received since Shane’s death on November 30
Victoria has admitted she’s ‘going to miss him so much’ as she shared a selection of snaps with The Pogues hitmaker after his death
The pair pictured in 2012. They were engaged for 11 years before finally getting married in Copenhagen in 2018
The legendary Irish rocker, who was behind the iconic Christmas song Fairytale of New York, died ‘peacefully’ with his wife and family by his side.
The singer was battling viral encephalitis – a life-threatening condition that leads to brain swelling – and had been in and out of Dublin’s St Vincent’s Hospital for months. He was discharged last week ahead of his upcoming birthday on Christmas Day.
Hours after Shane’s death was announced, The Pogues’ track Fairytale Of New York soared to the top of iTunes charts, and bookies are already tipping the track to land the coveted Christmas Number One.
Posting a snap of her late husband, Victoria captioned the post: ‘I am going to miss him so much! His smile, his eyes, his laugh, his sense of humour and his voice, every little part of him.’
After sharing a snap of their tender kiss, she added: ‘In the hospital the nurses kept asking why he was covered in lipstick. If you get to meet your soulmate please do let love in even if you have to suffer loss.’
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