Jamie and Louise Redknapp were reportedly taking time apart in a bid to save their 19-year marriage, before Louise’s close friend, Strictly Come Dancing’s Karen Clifton, confirmed that the star had split from Jamie back in July.
Now the former Eternal singer has broken her silence on her troubled relationship by saying all couples go through “hard times”, but she and her husband are focusing on “protecting and loving” their children.
The celebrity couple have been dogged by rumours that they separated and Louise, 42, has finally shed some light on the state of her relationship with the retired soccer player.
During an appearance on ‘This Morning’ on Friday morning (Sept 29) the former Eternal singer was quizzed about the state of her marriage to Jamie, 44, by presenters Eamonn Holmes and his wife Ruth Langsford.
Louise admitted their relationship problems had been “well documented” but she and the Sky Sports pundit were concentrating on ensuring that their two sons, Charley, 13, and Beau, eight, are OK.
She said: “I think it’s been so heavily documented, of course we all go through hard times and my priority and his priority are our children and protecting them and keeping as much of it as private as possible and loving them and putting them first. That’s really what we’re focusing on.”
Louise finished as runner-up on last year’s series of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and she admits her appearance on the BBC ballroom show and her role in musical ‘Cabaret’ have helped her cope with the problems with Jamie – whom she married in 1998.
She said: “Going back to work has been something that’s been a real saviour for me. Doing ‘Strictly…’ does something to you and going back on stage every night and getting the opportunity again – because you never know, in this business opportunities don’t always come along you have to hope – so to have the opportunity to go and work and be out there, I’m loving doing that.”
Louise isn’t letting speculation surrounding her relationship effect her career, and will make her musical theatre debut in ‘Cabaret’ and will go on tour next year.
She added: “I think that experience made me really realise how much I love being on stage and sometimes in life you have to be fearless, and it’s really hard, especially when you get older to be fearless you are more aware of everyone around you.”
Yahoo Celeb UK have contacted Jamie and Louise’s reps for comment.