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Eurovision winner Sandie Shaw, 73, forgives her ex-husband Jeff Banks

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Eurovision Song Contest winner Sandie Shaw has revealed she is on speaking terms with her former husband - 50 years after he lost her fortune.

Shaw, 73, won the song contest in 1967 with Puppet on a String and went on to earn thousands from her music. She lost it all after her second marriage, in 1968, to fashion designer Jeff Banks, now 77.

He left her living in a caravan with their daughter Gracie when they divorced in 1978 after spending her money on a failing career as a designer, reported The Times.

But since Shaw rebuilt her life she is 'amazingly happy' and has even started speaking to Mr Banks again.

a woman posing for a picture: Sandie Shaw, 73, won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1967 with Puppet on a String and went on to earn thousands from her music. She lost it all after her second marriage, in 1968, to fashion designer Jeff Banks, now 77 © Provided by Daily Mail Sandie Shaw, 73, won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1967 with Puppet on a String and went on to earn thousands from her music. She lost it all after her second marriage, in 1968, to fashion designer Jeff Banks, now 77 Sandie Shaw et al. posing for a photo: Mr Banks (pictured with Shaw in 1969) left her living in a caravan with their daughter Gracie when they divorced in 1978 after spending her money on a failing career as a designer © Provided by Daily Mail Mr Banks (pictured with Shaw in 1969) left her living in a caravan with their daughter Gracie when they divorced in 1978 after spending her money on a failing career as a designer

Speaking on the podcast Person of Interest, hosted by Tom Watson, former deputy leader of the Labour Party, she said: 'I had that old-school way of thinking about marriage, like "stand by your man". 

'When he was losing all my money without asking I thought that was part of being married. It was a real wake-up call to me that that's not how it is.'

She revealed she knitted squares in different colours with her mother-in-law while living in a caravan with her daughter. She later joined the squares into a quilt and still uses it every evening to remind her of where she came from.

a little girl posing for a photo: Shaw (pictured with her then four-month-old baby Gracie) said she can finally speak to Mr Banks because 'there will be no shocks anymore'

Shaw (pictured with her then four-month-old baby Gracie) said she can finally speak to Mr Banks because 'there will be no shocks anymore'
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Shaw married her third husband Tony Bedford, a psychiatrist, in 1982 and the couple had two children together before divorcing in 1995. 

She said she can finally speak to Mr Banks because 'there will be no shocks anymore' after the pair experienced the 'awful sides of each other'.

Shaw also revealed her stardom made her feel lonely and unhappy as a teenager.    

In 2018 Shaw was honoured with an MBE at Buckingham Palace when Prince Charles asked why it had taken her so long to be awarded.

She said afterwards: ‘I told him the truth. The truth is that women in music haven’t tended to be honoured in the past, certainly not in the Sixties.

'He said he was glad I was here now. He was a bit stunned it had taken so long.'  

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Jeff Banks for comment.  

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