Wednesday 16 October 2019

'He's my best friend' - Louise Redknapp on 'tough' divorce from husband Jamie

Louise Redknapp said ex-husband Jamie is still her best friend (Ian West/PA)
Louise Redknapp said ex-husband Jamie is still her best friend (Ian West/PA)
Happy days: Jamie and Louise Redknapp with their children
Jamie Redknapp and wife Louise Redknapp attend the 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards at Messe Berlin on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Laureus)
Louise Redknapp and Jamie Redknapp attend the Pride Of Britain awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel on October 31, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Jamie Redknapp and his wife Louise arrive at the "Daily Mirror's Pride Of Britain Awards" at the London Hilton Hotel on March 15, 2004 in London
Jamie and Louise Redknapp seen out shopping for baby clothes March 31, 2004 in West London. (Photo by Paul Ashby/Getty Images)
Jamie Redknapp and Louise Redknapp attend the Retail Trust London Ball at Grosvenor House, on January 28, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
Louise and Jamie Redknapp. Photo: PA
Louise and Jamie Redknapp
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Louise Redknapp says she is still "best friends" with ex-husband Jamie as she reflects on the difficulty of their marriage breakdown last year.

The 44-year-old singer and 45-year-old retired footballer were divorced in December 2017 due to Jamie's "unreasonable behaviour" after 19 years together. It was a decision which shocked fans, friends and family alike. But it's clear they are committed to their two children - Charley (14) and Beau (10) and retain a close friendship even after calling it quits.

"Yeah, it’s been really tough, but I mean, you know, he’s my best friend," she said on the Heart Breakfast Show. "It’s been really tough but things happen and yeah, I saw him yesterday and it was all good. We had school meetings and stuff, like you do, so all good."

Two years ago, the Redknapps took a marriage break, which eventually ended in divorce. At the time, it was reported that Louise chose to move out of their house."I think this happens to a lot of women when they get married and have children. You have this feeling deep inside you, 'Where did I go?' But I pushed those thoughts away.  ‘I’d think of my past life as a pop star as being “not reality”. Looking after the house and my family was my reality," she told the Telegraph in 2017.

Happy days: Jamie and Louise Redknapp with their children
Happy days: Jamie and Louise Redknapp with their children

She was determined to forge a career for herself after taking a break to focus on her family and appearing on Strictly Come Dancing gave her the courage to go out on her own once again. Next month, she will take to the stage once again for the 9-5 musical. When asked about her Valentine's Day plans, she said she'll be spending it with friends.

"Oh God! Do you know what, no! I hate Valentine’s Day now! Yeah that’ll be me, Galentine’s, yeah I’ll be the one sat in the restaurant with my mate," she said. "I know, I’m too old for Valentine’s Day, right?"

Last year, Louise's former father-in-law Harry said it was "very difficult" for their family when they split, saying: "It was very difficult for us, it was a choker. We love Louise as well, it was a big blow to all of us. It’s all amicable, absolutely, Sandra talks to Louise’s mum all the time."

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