Earlier this month it was reported that Jamie and Louise Redknapp were “taking time apart” amid speculation that they had split.
Now, Louise’s close friend, Strictly Come Dancing’s Karen Clifton, has confirmed that the star’s marriage has sadly come to an end.
Louise and Karen grew close when Lou was paired up with Karen’s husband, Kevin Clifton, for last year’s series of the BBC One dance show, and now she has spilled the beans on her and Jamie’s relationship.
Speaking to The Sun, Karen shared: “On the show Louise grew in confidence and you could see her wings expanding.
“It was great because she’s been a stay-at-home mum and sometimes you can forget about yourself.
“Now she’s giving herself a little bit more attention and she’s taking care of herself, which is lovely.
“She’s re-inventing herself. She’s a gorgeous woman and he’s a lovely man and I just feel really bad that they’ve separated.”
It was previously reported that Jamie and Louise’s 19-year marriage came under strain after Louise spent seven months away from the family for Strictly tour commitments.
A source said at the time that Louise’s close friendship with Strictly co-star Daisy Lowe led to her “rediscovering her youth” as she spent more and more time away from home with Daisy.
It had also been claimed that Louise had moved into a house 15 minutes away from her and Jamie’s family home, with the couple hoping that space could save their marriage.
Louise and Jamie have two children together, 12-year-old Charlie and eight-year-old Beau, and neither star has commented on the latest split speculation.
Yahoo Celeb UK have contacted the stars’ reps.