Jan Leeming Who Has A List Of Husbands Recalls Dark Times With Her Son

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Every coin has two sides, and at times, when life gives you the dark side, one is bound to embrace the pain that comes with it. Jan Leeming’s life also didn’t prove to be a bed of roses all the time as she had to face her own share of misfortune that her life had to offer.
Jan Leeming Who Has A List Of Husbands Recalls Dark Times With Her Son

Every coin has two sides, and at times, when life gives you the dark side, one is bound to embrace the pain that comes with it.

Jan Leeming’s life also didn’t prove to be a bed of roses all the time as she had to face her share of misfortune that her life had to offer.

Five Husbands

Jan has had five husbands as she was married five times. But none of her marriage could last, and unfortunately, they all ended in divorce. Here is the list of her spouses, have a look.  

  • John Staple

Firstly, she was married to her spouse, John Staple. BBC sound engineer in 1961. At that time, she was 19, and John was 33. Jan left John when she discovered John was seeing his old girlfriend.

  • Jeremy Gilchrist (1972 - 1973)

After her split with John, Jan tied the knot with estate agent Jeremy Gilchrist in 1972, which lasted eight months.

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  • Patrick Lunt (1980 - 1986)

In 1980, she married Patrick Lunt. She has a son named Jonathan Lunt with her spouse Patrick.

  • Eric Steenson (1988 - 1995)

Furthermore, she was in a marriage relationship with Red Arrow pilot- Eric Steenson in 1988.

  • Chris Russell (1997 - 2001)

She found a new husband- a Kent school headmaster, Chris Russell, in 1997. But this too ended in divorce in 2001. 

Why Her Relationship Failed? 

According to her, the reason behind the failed marriages was that she couldn’t help falling for womanizers who were unfaithful to her. She expresses this as,

'People are always going on about my five marriages as if in some way the fact they failed is all my fault. People always blame the woman! But how was I to know that four of them were womanisers. You should ask them why they married me? 

'She doesn’t loathe those men who were in her life but bears a positive attitude towards them. This can be understood from her following statement.

'All I can say is that, for me, love is blind. I'm a forgiving person and I'm not bitter. If I were, it would show in my face. I'm totally foolish and naive when it comes to men. Still, they were all interesting – although none of them ever had a bean.' 

Still, breaking off the relationship five times and undergoing the divorce is a painful matter. So, she bears a few regrets, which she mentions,

'I would have liked to have met the right man and have had a settled family life with a couple of children.

Is Marriage An Option For Her Now?

At the age of 79, she is single and tells what she misses about being married,

“More than anything, though, I miss being cuddled in bed, the companionship. I miss having someone to share not only my joys but my problems, too. And I miss the closeness of being with someone who cares for me.' 

However, she doesn’t consider marriage is an option for her now. Her views on getting married at this point in her life are,

" I can't imagine marrying again. I've got to an age when I doubt I'll ever form another significant relationship.

'It would be different if I were male. A man of 70, of any age come to that, can always find a partner if he wants. The same isn't true for women. That's just a fact of life. 

But yes, an engagement ring would be nice. Not a wedding band, though. I believe in fidelity but I don't ever want to be Mrs Somebody again. Nor do I want the awful business of another divorce. Even if you don't feel it's your fault, it means the marriage has failed and I've had enough of failure.'

 Jan with her baby boy Jonathan Lunt and ex-spouse Patrick Lunt (1982) (Photo

Well, it's kind of certain that we won't be seeing Jan getting married; however, she might not mind having a spouse if he is not a womanizer.    

Regrets Going On A Date

Although married isn't an option for Jan anymore, she had gone on a casual date.

Jan, who appeared on the BBC One series "The Real Marigold On Tour," traveled to several countries along with her castmates Wayne Sleep, Sheila Ferguson, and Paul Nicholas. 

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While moving for the show, Jan ended up in Argentina, where she went on a casual date upon her friends' insistence.

However, she was soon disgusted by the culture and traditions followed by men in the South American nation. The TV presenter revealed that although she got involved in tango dance with a few of her potential partners, she was petrified seeing those men eat raw steak while calling it a delicacy.

Jan reveals that she regretted her decision to accept going to the date and bailed when she got the first chance.

Jan’s Son Had Cancer:

It was one of Jan's darkest and challenging times when her only son, Jonathan Lunt, developed testicular cancer.

While watching a TV soap in which a character discovers that he has a testicular lump that turns to be cancerous, Jonathan also discovered the lump on his right tes*****. Later after conducting the ultrasound, it was confirmed that he had cancer.

His mother-Jan recalls this incident in their life as,

'I simply couldn't believe this had happened to him. Most of the time I try to blot it out of my mind.

'She further adds:

 'As a parent you question whether there was something you did or didn't do that could have caused your child to contract the disease. I was very conscientious that he had a healthy upbringing. I cooked all his meals - even as a baby he rarely had anything pre-prepared - and I allowed him very few sweets and cakes. Added to that I don't smoke. All factors which you think should minimise the risk of illness. I'd heard of testicular cancer but had no idea it could affect someone as young as Jonathan, so it was a devastating shock for all of us.”

While her son was on his way to recovery, the mother and son duo also worked through Orchid to raise awareness on testicular cancer.

Mother Jan Leeming shares an exceptional relationship with her son Jonathan Lunt (2008) (Photo

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Due to cancer, it was necessary to remove his tes*****, which made Jonathan feel terrified. He expresses this feeling as,

'That hit me really hard. I was going to lose half my masculinity and worried that in some way it would make me half a man. I remember the night before the operation I broke down in tears, I was so frightened.'

Even though he has one prosthetic tes*****, he is happy to know that it wouldn't affect his fertility. He says,

I'm now in a serious relationship with my girlfriend Ren, 28, and I am thinking about settling down and the possibility of children. There's no reason why I can't have children naturally when the time is right.'

Who is Jan Leeming?

Jan Leeming is a famous TV presenter and an actress. She was born Janet Dorothy on 5 January 1942. She currently ages 79 years. 

Her surname Leeming is taken by deed pool from her brief relationship with New Zealand writer Owen Leeming in the 1960s. Although not married, she took his surname.  

She garnered her education from the Assumption Convent, Charlton and St. Joseph's Convent Grammar School, Abbey Wood. 

Initially, she worked as an actress and presenter in New Zealand and Australia. Then, she became a well-known face on British TV. For BBC, she has presented programs like TomTom, Zodiac & Co., Pebble Mill at One, and many more. 

Moreover, she appeared as a contestant in the sixth series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! and took part in Channel 4's First Dates to raise money for cancer.