After the news of Des O’Connor’s passing, fans want to know more about the wife he has sadly left behind. Find out more about Jodie Brooke Wilson.
Entertainment legend Des O’Connor unfortunately died in his sleep on November 14th aged 88 after falling at home in Buckinghamshire earlier in the week.
“He adored his family – they were everything to him. He is survived by his wife Jodie, their son Adam and his four daughters, Karin, TJ, Samantha and Kristina. Jodie’s world is shattered, she and Adam and Des’s daughters are hurting more than you could possibly imagine,” said the entertainer’s manager in a statement.
Who is Jodie Brooke Wilson?
Born in Sydney, Australia, Jodie Brooke Wilson moved to the UK with her family during her teens for a drama career. Her birthday is 31st August and she was born in 1964, making her 56.
As a singer-songwriter, Jodie has reached huge success with her work. In Australia, she was the co-writer of double platinum album Higher Than Heaven for girl band Bardot. The song was also used as the theme for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
She’s also amassed success in the UK too, writing for groups like Hear’Say and tracks on soundtracks for films like Scary Movie and Rugrats Movie.
In Europe, her song I Want What She’s Got spent 10 weeks at No.1 in 2002.
Her relationship with Des O’Connor
Jodie Brooke Wilson is Des O’Connor’s fourth wife, marrying in September of 2007 after 17 years of being together.
The couple met on set of the game show Take Your Pick, where Jodie was a hostess on the revival version of the 60s show.
When the pair married, Des was 75 while Jodie was 38, though they didn’t let the age-gap get in the way of their long-lasting marriage.
Jodie Brooke Wilson’s children
Jodie has only one child — a 16-year-old son called Adam with Des O’Connor. Des has four older daughters from previous marriages though; Karin, TJ, Samantha and Kristina.
On his age as a father, Des told the Daily Mail:
“Jodie wanted a baby and if I’d said ‘I’ve got four children, but you can’t have one’ that would have been selfish. And if I live as long as my own father — he died at 95 — I should be around to see Adam get married. I do get concerned that one day he’ll realise his dad is older than the other fathers, but I can’t do anything about that. We have a lot of fun together. I still play football with him, and for his birthday I’ll be going with him to Legoland with a minibus full of his mates.”