The 77-year-old magician passed away from terminal cancer in March and Debbie has been trying to come to terms with it ever since.
Debbie admitted: ‘I could never have anticipated, your fear is always losing them. I always used to have times where I wondered what I would do on my own.
‘But, when it actually happens, nobody can describe until you go through it. You feel like you are on a desert island on your own, but you haven’t chosen to be on your own.’
She added: ‘Maybe divorced people feel like this, I don’t know, but it’s a weird thing of learning to cope with that.’
The former ballet dancer also choked back the tears when she talked about dealing with her grief over the past five months.
She said: ‘Grief hits you when you least expect it. When Paul died, I had jokes with the undertaker. But other days I couldn’t. Waking up in the morning is hard. We used to talk forever in the mornings.’
It’s also been just as difficult for Debbie to see her friends who are in happy couples while she is still adjusting to life on her own.
Although Debbie was also quick to admit she could not have got through the past few months without those close to her.
She said: ‘I’ve got amazing friends and neighbours who have been fantastic. But you can’t explain this feeling of being dropped in the ocean and you’re trying to keep swimming.
Also on today’s Loose Women, panelist Gloria Hunniford, who also presents BBC show Rip Off Britain, talked candidly about a recent scam which saw an imposter posing as her to steal £120,000 from her Santander savings account.
The 76-year-old said: ‘I have lost all faith in banks. I was a sitting duck in this. I feel violated. I have no trust for banks.’
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12:30pm on ITV.