Louise Redknapp ‘wouldn’t have divorced’ Jamie if she ‘went on Strictly earlier’

Louise Redknapp discusses 'low point' after marriage split

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The former Eternal singer and Jamie were considered “football’s celebrity couple” at one point and were envied by many. But all was not as it seemed, as their relationship came to an end four years ago shortly after Louise’s appearance on Strictly. The 46-year-old admitted she regretted ending the marriage in her new book You’ve Got This And Other Things I Wish I had Known.

Louise and Jamie were married for 19 years and have two sons Charles and Beau, aged 16 and 12.

They were introduced by Robbie Williams in the Nineties, when the singer was supporting Take That, while part of the R&B group Eternal.

The couple tied the knot on a beach, days after Jamie proposed while they were on holiday in Bermuda.

To the outside world, they seemed to have the “perfect” relationship but behind closed doors that was not always the case. 

In a 2009 interview with Red magazine, Louise rejected their “golden couple” tag because they were “really not smug”.

She added: “We scream at each other sometimes, we have days when we can’t cope with our kids.”

Jamie also said he “hated” the “golden couple” comment because they went through the same issues as other couples.

Louise also claimed she feared her husband could stray because she struggled with her appearance.

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She said: “I have days when I think, ‘There are beautiful, skinny girls out there. He could have anyone.’”

Their relationship hit a number of speed bumps, including Louise feeling like a “Stepford wife” due to putting her career on hold in a 2017 Stella magazine interview.

This year, she admitted to being “envious” of Jamie becoming “this entertainment star” because she felt “that’s my world” in a Daily Mirror interview.

In her new book, Louise expressed regret over his decisions and said: “I still wish I’d done things differently because I feel I hurt a lot of people.”

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She claimed she would “always be sorry” for the “heartache” she caused and wished she hadn’t “walked away from my marriage”.

Louise and Jamie were living apart in October 2017 after her stint on Strictly, alongside Kevin Clifton, and filed for divorce by December.

While Jamie has not commented on the break-up, he did claim sharing the children “worked out really well” during a Daily Mail interview this year. 

She claimed the show gave her a “false sense of security” and made her “feel invincible”.

Louise admitted being “so scared of going back to my normal life” and fearing she would lose her chance to return to the public spotlight. 

In hindsight, she wished she addressed her concerns with Jamie and told him what she felt was “lacking in my life” and how to “solve it”.

Louise mourned not explaining “how much I was struggling” and how “unimportant” she felt in their lives. 

Instead of talking about the problems, she explained: “I ran away from it and refused to face it until it was too late to try to sort it out.”

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Louise claimed she wouldn’t have “walked away” from Jamie had she “done the show four years earlier”.

In the chapter Never Put Other People’s Happiness Before Your Own, she wrote: “This wouldn’t have happened… I think I would’ve been too scared.”

Louise also noted that back in 2012 she “wasn’t in a place” where she “wanted” her “marriage to end”.

She was “vulnerable and low” before going on Strictly and when she mused in hindsight about whether she should have gone on the show, Louise stated: “No.”

Louise claimed “nothing would be worth” putting those she loved through “the heartache” and pain of the divorce. 

While she “appreciated” how Strictly empowered her and rejuvenated her career, she admitted the “bad probably outweighs the good”.

Louise added: “But of course, it is easy to see that with the benefit of hindsight.” 

Louise Redknapp: You’ve Got This And Other Things I Wish I had Known was published by Piaktus earlier this month. It is available here.

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