Strictly's Rachel Stevens opens up about split from husband after 12 years of marriage

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Former Strictly Come Dancing star Rachel Stevens has opened up about her split from her husband Alex Bourne.

The pair, who have two children together, separated last year after 12 years of marriage, and the singer has opened up about her experiences since the divorce.

"It’s very hard to articulate the feelings, because there are so many," she told The Sun. "It's been really painful, really sad. It’s been the biggest decision to make in our lives, obviously, with our kids.

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"I worried about the girls having the experience I had," she admitted in reference to her own parents’ split when she was 17. "We’ve had some amazing advice on how to speak to them. They know how much we love them and we are not going anywhere.

"Our split is very amicable and that's really helping. It's only the last two weeks that we've not been living together. That was definitely difficult. We're doing it with love and respect, but it's a process.

"It’s taken a lot of navigating. We are going to mess up and make mistakes. But we are acknowledging that to them, and I feel so lucky," she continued.

Rachel, who finished as runner-up in the sixth series of Strictly, revealed that she had been seeing a therapist over the course of the last few months, and insisted that being open is a vital part of overcoming any struggle.

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"Having that outlet to talk to someone with no judgement or emotional attachment [is important],” she said. “I’m so grateful for having therapy. Through my therapy, I’ve learned how to parent better. I want to be the best mum I can be."

Rachel shot to fame as a member of pop group S Club 7, who recently announced they would be reuniting for a 25th anniversary tour this year.

"After eight years, it feels amazing to announce that we're reuniting and performing together again. We're so excited to bring the S Club Party back to our fans across the country to celebrate 25 years of S Club 7. We can't even believe it's been so long," they said in a statement.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One, while spin-off Strictly: It Takes Two airs on BBC Two. Both shows are available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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