Friday 17 August 2018

Louise Redknapp finally breaks silence on 'split' with husband of 19 years Jamie

Jamie Redknapp (L) and Louise Redknapp attend a private view of
Jamie Redknapp (L) and Louise Redknapp attend a private view of "Julian Schnabel: Every Angel Has A Dark Side" in aid of Chickenshed at The Dairy Art Centre on April 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/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)
Lousie Redknapp and Jamie Redknapp arrive for the GQ Men of the Year Awards at the Royal Opera House on September 5, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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 and Louise Redknapp seen out shopping for baby clothes March 31, 2004 in West London. (Photo by Paul Ashby/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
Louise Redknapp and Jamie Redknapp attend Royal Ascot Ladies Day on June 17, 2010 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
Louise and Jamie Redknapp. Photo: PA
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Jamie Redknapp and Louise Redknapp attends the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at Theatre Royal on May 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

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Louise Redknapp has finally opened up about her split from husband Jamie.

It was reported in July, after months of speculation, that the couple, who tied the knot in the summer of 1998, had made the decision to end their marriage. It's thought they requested a quick divorce to ensure they can both move on as soon as possible and Louise spoke about the rumours for the first time during an interview on ITV's This Morning on Friday.

Louise and Jamie Redknapp. Photo: PA
Louise and Jamie Redknapp. Photo: PA

Talking to hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, the former Eternal singer - who shares two sons Charles, 13, and eight-year-old Beau with the football player - insisted their kids come first.

"I think it's been so heavily documented and of course we all go through hard times and my priority and his priority is our children and protecting them and keeping as much private as possible and loving them and putting them first. That’s really what we’re focusing on," she explained.

The 42-year-old also credited a busy work life for helping take her mind off things during the stressful period, as she's gearing up to make her pop comeback and and is currently starring in London's stage production of Cabaret. She made her debut as lead character Sally Bowles earlier this month alongside Will Young as The EmCee.

"Going back to work has been a saviour for me," Louise added. "And it does something. It’s all about performing, and going back on stage every night – and to get the opportunity again – you don’t always get that in this business."

Jamie and Louise Redknapp seen out shopping for baby clothes March 31, 2004 in West London. (Photo by Paul Ashby/Getty Images)
Jamie and Louise Redknapp seen out shopping for baby clothes March 31, 2004 in West London. (Photo by Paul Ashby/Getty Images)

The star touched upon participating in Strictly Come Dancing last year too, admitting she felt "terrified" at first but that the programme helped her embrace the spotlight once more.

"That experience made me realise how much I wanted to be onstage," she smiled. "Sometimes in life you have to be fearless. It's really hard hard to be fearless, especially as you get older, it's much harder."

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)
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)

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