THE heartbreaking secret that singing star Lena Zavaroni nursed all last summer was revealed by her mother yesterday.
Hilda Zavaroni, 43, sobbed: "It was Lena herself who told me that her father was dating a divorcee.
"He had been going out with her for two years before I found out. I still love him, but our marriage is over. It can never be patched up."
Lena, 22, was recovering from the slimmers' disease anorexia nervosa when she learned the devastating news about her parents' marriage break-up.
Hilda said: "Throughout her illness I stayed at home with Lena as any mother would do. But my husband Victor started coming home late at night after working as a pub entertainer.
"Then Lena told me that he was dating a woman he had met in one of the pubs. Her name was Christine."