Ken Bruce blames being ‘too involved in work’ for the collapse of two marriages

Much-loved broadcaster Ken Bruce believes that “being too involved in work” was the reason why two of his marriages collapsed.

The Scottish presenter opened up about his three marriages during the Rosebud podcast hosted by Gyles Brandreth. 

During the episode, Ken blamed being “too involved with work” which led to him getting divorced from his first wife, Fiona Fraser, and his second wife, Anne Gilchrist.

He told Gyles: “I was too involved in my work. I do enjoy doing it.”

The father-of-six is now happily married to his third wife Kerith Goldman, who he met at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998.

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Ken also touched on how splitting up from his first wife was a “massive low” for him.

He said: “That was a massive low for me.

“It doesn’t come out in work. I actually find work therapeutic. Being on the radio is really helpful.”

He also detailed how much he struggled behind-the-scenes following his second divorce and said that playing sad soundtracks on-air rendered him “speechless”.

He recalled: “After my second divorce, I found that I was playing records, you know sad records, like Roy Orbison’s Crying or something like that, (and it) would really bring me down.”

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At the start of the year, Ken announced that he would be leaving his position on BBC Radio 2 after 31 years.

A few months later he joined Bauer Media Group UK with a brand-new mid-morning show on Greatest Hits Radio.

The news came just a few months after the late Paul O’Grady was dropped by Radio 2 in the latest shakeup.

A fortnight earlier, Vanessa Feltz, 61, announced live on-air to listeners that she will be leaving the station after 20 years.

Steve Wright, 69, was replaced by Radio 1’s Scott Mills last year after 23 years on BBC Radio 2.

You can listen to Ken’s full interview on the podcast, Rosebud, here. 

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